Yo, Philster (et al)!
The only Goon I don't recall is Bentine, though the name sounds familiar. I remember Harry Secombe as a jolly, rotund chap with a lovely tenor voice, who played the title role in a telly production of PICKWICK (a musical based on the Dickens novel THE PICKWICK PAPERS). PICKWICK the musical was basically undistinguished, with the exception of one memorable song, "If I Ruled the World", with a fine solo rendition thereof by Secombe.
I don't remember Ivor Cutler either. However, your reference to Peter Cook reminded me that I was wrong about Jonathan Miller -- he was not a Goon, but rather a cast member of BEYOND THE FRINGE, which I actually saw during its first Broadway run (need I mention that I am dating myself again?). As I recall BTF was a Goon-inspired, Python-inspiring comic review with a cast of only four: Peter Cook, Jonathan Miller, Alan Bennett (sp?), and -- in his first American appearance -- Dudley Moore. Cook and Moore were reunited in the hilarious original film version of BEDAZZLED, which was more recently re-made with Elizabeth Hurley (as a very attractive Devil) and Brendan Fraser.
The Goodies also strikes a familiar chord. Was that a telly show or a stage review like BTF?
Oh wow, don't you get me started on DOCTOR WHO! As far as I'm concerned, there was only one Doctor, and his name was Tom Baker. And just in case you're not a mind reader, yes, I think he was sexy. So sue me! (And don't you dare accuse me of being weird, 'cause there had to be some
reason why there were so many female DW viewers during the Tom Baker "era"!)
Never heard of Vivian Stanshall, though anyone who made that statement about Giant Squid had to have something going for him! THE PARTY might be considered non-p.c. nowadays, with westerner Sellers playing the role of an (Asian) Indian. However, PS portrayed the character as very gentle and sympathetic. and it remains a delightful film for any era.
One of my personal Sellers favorites is HEAVENS ABOVE, which had great moral depth behind the humor. If you haven't seen it, it is essentially a "tragicomedy" about a simple, compassionate vicar who is erroneously placed in an affluent parish, and subsequently rocks the boat by putting the message of the Sermon on the Mount into action. The film manages to be inspiring and moving without being heavy-handed or "preachy".
OK Phil, the ball is in your court -- I dare you to find a tie-in between Britcoms and cephs before Tony gives us all a "time out"....
"Half-British Since 1950!"