Paul Merton reads Spike Milligan's uniquely surreal comic memoirs about the Second World War, published in 1971 to great acclaim.
1/6. The young Milligan is called up, but owing to exertion while trying to impress the girls from Catford Labour Exchange, arrives for duty three months late. Producer Mike Haskins (End credits patched from Listen Again)
2/6. Spike is surviving on food probably prepared by the Ministry of Bacteriological Warfare. And his jazz combo becomes a sensation in the Bexhill area. Abridged by Mike Haskins
Producer Liz Anstee
3/6. Spike reminisces about the barrack room japes and pranks that went on after lights out.
4/6. News of an "invasion fleet in the channel" creates chaos because Gunner Milligan omitted the vital word "practice" in his description.
5/6. This chapter features a who-can-stay-in-bed-the-longest contest. Abridged by Mike Haskins
6/6. Spike has a last-minute affair and ends up at an Algerian PoW camp with no prisoners to oversee. Abridged by Mike Haskins
From the Radio Times
Spike Milligan's famous memoirs of his experience of the Second World War permit Paul Merton to relish in someone else's comic words for a change, not to mention trying out a few character voices. This could be a new direction for him.
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