Badjelly the Witch

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Badjelly the Witch
Author Spike Milligan
Illustrator Spike Milligan
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Children's literature
Publisher Hobbs[disambiguation needed]
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
ISBN 0-14-037846-4 (Penguin paperback)

Badjelly the Witch is a brief handwritten, illustrated story by Spike Milligan, created for his children, then printed in 1973. It was made into an audio and a video version.

In the story, two children Tim and Rose, looking for their lost cow Lucy, meet magical enchanted forest characters. They are captured by Badjelly the witch, then rescued by an eagle. God intervenes as they escape, and the witch is destroyed when she attempts to "scratch God's eye out". The characters enchanted by Badjelly are rescued.

In 1975, in the planning for an audio version for the BBC "infant's programme" Let's Join In, Milligan objected to the planned removal of God from the story. The BBC wrote in a letter that the object is not to put God on the same level as goblins, to which Milligan replied that goblins, fairies and God all exist. However, he allowed God to be removed.[1]

In 1974 Ed Welch set "Badjelly the Witch" to music and the LP was released on Polydor Records.Spike narrated it with a large orchestra, and the LP was a reasonable success. In New Zealand it was a huge success and has sold over 40000 recordings up to 2012[citation needed].


CBBC and Ragdoll Productions had collaborated on a film based on this novel in December 2000. Spike Milligan, the book's writer, narrated the movie.


In 2010/11, there was a production created by the Chickenshed Theatre Company called "Badjelly's Bad Christmas", with Badjelly the Witch, along with many other characters created by Milligan such as Sir Nobonk and King Twytt, as the main characters.

The show was performed for a season during 2006 for the New Theatre, Sydney. The show was directed by Rosane McNamara, and featured actors Vanessa Caswill, Jodine Muir, David Walker and Richie Black.


  1. ^ Norma Farnes, The Compulsive Spike Milligan, Fourth Estate 2004

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