No one has captured the peculiarities of our British sense of humour more closely than Spike. Born in India, he fought in World War Two, was an animal rights champion and a humanitarian.

He received a Knighthood in 2001 from HRH Prince Charles, a lifelong fan.

This British-Irish comedian is best known for his ground-breaking British radio programme, ‘The Goon Show’ and was its co-creator, main writer and principal cast member. He was a renowned author of ‘literary nonsense’ verse, children's stories as well the author of a novel and many war memoirs.