Tuesday, March 19

Peter Sellers and the Goons in Pevensey Bay

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ARTICLE UPDATE: We are waiting for the resident in the Bay to contact us back with a day/time when he is available for us to interview him about the information provided in this article. Hopefully we will be able to run the interview mentioned soon.
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A Bay Life reader has come forward with an account of the time spent in Pevensey Bay by Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan and Michael Bentine that we believe is a detailed and informative summary of their ‘holidays’ here.

As well as information about the houses where they stayed and the episodes in which the Bay featured, we have also been offered information about the key locations that appear in their writing.

Some people will be aware that in the Peter Sellers programme broadcast by Arena in 2002 (BBC2), the Bay featured in a sequence of ‘home movies’.

Fleshing out the story of Peter Sellers time spent in the Bay, together with his colleagues will, we hope, throw some light on their collaborations and writing together.

No doubt the first hand account from the Bay Life reader, who grew up here, will be of interest, not just to residents of the Bay but also to researchers and people wanting to know more about the life of Peter Sellers and the continuing story of the groundbreaking comedy work of the Goons.

The revival of a live Monty Python show in July 2014, with tickets selling out in 48 seconds has thrown light on the legacy left by ‘alternative comedy’.

The Pythons themselves have offered ‘The Goon Show’ as one of their sources of inspiration.

Two “lost” films starring actor Peter Sellers are to be shown in public for the first time in more than 50 years.

The star made the comedy shorts ‘Dearth of a Salesman’ and ‘Insomnia is Good For You’ in 1957 as he tried to make his name as a film actor.

The two 30-minute films were originally salvaged from a skip outside a film company’s office in 1996 before being forgotten about again.

They will be screened at the Southend Film Festival next May.

We hope that further details of the time that Peter Sellers spent in Pevensey Bay will contribute a little more information about the actor who remains both a legend and something of an enigma and that the account will be of interest to his fans across the world.

Read our story ‘Peter Sellers and the Goons in Pevensey Bay’ in the pages of your favourite community platform in the second week in January 2014.

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