Jonathan Ross: I have a letter to read out to you from His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. Spike Milligan: Do I kneel down for this? Jonathan Ross: "As someone who grew up to the sounds of The Goon Show on the steam-driven wireless, I must confess that I've been a lifelong fan of the participants in the show and particularly of Spike Milligan..." Spike Milligan: Oh, the little grovelling bastard.note They were friends in real life.
In "The String Robberies", we are primed to expect an appearance by Eccles:
[Knocking at a door]
Bloodnok: Who is that there, who is it? Only a lunatic would be out in such a storm!
— but instead of just one Eccles, we get a whole chorus of them, all singing "Good King Wenceslas" with great feeling.
Bloodnok: You fools! Christmas has gone!
Eccles: Really? Where did it go?
Bloodnok: No! I mean it's finished! Over!
Eccles: Oh um...
(sound of group murmering and muttering to themselves)
Eccles:' Penny for the guy?
For a while, there was a great Running Gag in which Eccles made his first appearance in each episode singing a Paint Your Wagon song with... unusual lyrics:
"I talk to the trees/That's why they put me away..." note in Rommel's Treasure
Eddie Braben of Morecambe and Wise claims this was a suggestion he sent in in a fan letter and was never credited for.
"With a smile on my face/For the whole human race/It's almost like being insane!" note in The Great Regency Park Swim