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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 Australia (1954–55).
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 house.
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 specials.
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
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