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MILLIGAN MULLARKEY which bemused most (including the Beeb) but delighted enough to keep it being recommissioned despite the same things showing up in the same order every bloody series, namely: Nazis; Nazis dressed as Jews; Nazis dressed as beautiful buxom women; Nazis and beautiful buxom women running an unlikely business such as a costermogers or grocery; everyone blacked up; everyone blacked up playing Nazis; everyone walking off set into the audience; everyone walking off set into another sketch on film; people with cotton wool in their ears; hole reinforcers and cutlery falling from people’s sleeves; BBC costume department labels on the outside of clothes; and racist and sexist punchlines. Original trailer announced the death of Spike, aged 104.



  1. Lee James Turnock

    May 1, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    I conducted an e-mail interview with Q series regular Julia Breck (the “beautiful buxom woman” mentioned above) last year, you can find it here…

  2. THX Kling Klang

    December 11, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    “You realise this puts me in a very difficult position.”

    I remember watching an episode of what must have been the final series and halfway through demonstrating the new British Army Boot (which was huge and “driven” by Spike) the programme kept breaking down.

    They restarted it about five times, but it continued to break at the big boot bit, so I never did get to see the rest of the episode. It’s not one of the major regrets of my existence or anything, but it’s my main memory of the series because I couldn’t quite tell if it was another joke or not, such was the odd nature of Spike’s humour.

  3. Lee James Turnock

    April 26, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    Sorry, can someone delete my old comment? That blog is no longer online.

  4. THX 1139

    September 4, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    Watching this on DVD, I note Spike thought racism (and pretty much everything) was inherently ridiculous, but unfortunately parodies of racism are difficult to discern from the real thing (q.v. The Goodies). He was also much taken with The Six Million Dollar Man. And Bob Todd sings Street Life by The Crusaders in a couple of episodes. Not something I expected.

    • Richard16378

      September 4, 2017 at 6:26 pm

      I guess growing up in India gave Spike a different perspective on racial issues.

      • THX 1139

        September 4, 2017 at 7:21 pm

        And despite all the Irish jokes, he loved Ireland and moved there.

  5. Glenn Aylett

    April 17, 2020 at 7:37 pm

    Bizarre and yes the obsession with Nazis could be a bit much( newsreader sitting in front of swastika for no apparent reason), but best remembered for its not very PC Dalek sketch that had me roaring with laughter when I was about nine years old. Also there was a later version called There’s A Lot Of It About that had some hang up about the GLC and the Salvation Army.

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