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Michael Bentine CBE (26 January 1922 – 26 November 1996) was
a British comedian, comic actor and founding member of the Goons. He was
Peruvian Briton as a result of his father's nationality. In 1971, Bentine
received the Order of Merit of Peru following his fund-raising work for the 1970
Great Peruvian Earthquake.
After the war he worked in the Windmill Theatre and the Starlight Roof revues
where he met and married his second wife Clementina with whom he had four
children. He decided to become a comedian, specialising in off-the-wall humour,
often involving cartoons and other types of animation.
He co-founded The Goon Show radio show with Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and
Harry Secombe, but appeared in only the first 38 shows on the BBC Light
Programme from 1951–53. He also appeared in The Goon Show film Down Among the Z
Men. He parted amicably from his partners and remained close to Secombe and
Sellers for the rest of his life. In 1972, Secombe and Sellers told Michael
Parkinson that Bentine was "always calling everyone a genius" and, since he was
the only one of the four with a "proper education", they always believed him.
He left the Goons to work on his own radio series. Bentine spent two years in
In 1954, he began as a television presenter with a BBC children's series, The
Bumblies. These were three small creatures from outer space who slept on
"Professor Bentine's" ceiling and who had come to Earth to learn the ways of
Earthling children. He also appeared in the film comedy Raising a Riot, starring
Kenneth More, which featured his five year old daughter "Fusty". He joked that
she got better billing.
During 1959, he worked on the radio series Round the Bend in 30 Minutes. From
1960 to 1964, he had a television series It's a Square World, which won a BAFTA
award in 1962 and Grand Prix de la Presse at Montreux in 1963. A prominent
feature of the series was the imaginary flea circus where plays were enacted on
tiny sets using nothing but special effects to show the movement of things too
small to see and sounds with Bentine's commentary. The plays were not serious.
One, titled The Beast of the Black Bog Tarn, was set in a (miniature) haunted
From 1974 to 1980 he wrote, designed, narrated and presented the children's
television programme Michael Bentine's Potty Time and made one-off comedy
He was also the best-selling writer of 16 novels, comedies and non-fiction
books. Four of his books, The Long Banana Skin (1975), The Door Marked Summer
(1981), Doors to the Mind and The Reluctant Jester (1992) are autobiographical.
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The Goon Show - S02 - E01
The Goon Show - S02 - E03
The Michael Bentine Show - S01 - E01
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The Michael Bentine Show - S01 - E15
This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 18 February, 2012.