Eric Sykes, another special person to Goon Show and British Comedy fans generally, was born on the 4th May 1923, 96 years ago today.
He was a comedy writer and performer, who was born in Oldham, Lancashire, UK.
After performing in Royal Air Force shows during World War 2, he wrote scripts for radio shows, including Variety Bandbox (1947) and Educating Archie (1950–4). He was the creator of his own BBC series Sykes Versus TV (1959–65, 1972–80), in which he he presented simple, innocent humour without malice and with a propensity towards physical jokes and slapstick antics.
He also co-wrote many Goon Shows alongside Spike Milligan.
His film appearances include One Way Pendulum (1964), Shalako (1968), and Theatre of Blood (1973). He has written, directed, and acted in short, silent comedies such as The Plank (1967) and Rhubarb (1970), and his television series include Curry and Chips (1969) and The Nineteenth Hole (1989).