An original member of The Goons, appearing in the show between 1951 and 1953, Michael was one of the first of the four to make the break into television, selling a television series entitled The Bumblies to the BBC. He also made his name as a scriptwriter, most notably for Peter Sellers, and after a number of radio and television appearances landed his own series Its A Square World in 1960. The show would run for some four years and prove inspirational (various elements and ideas would later resurface in Monty Python), winning a BAFTA Award in 1962. Some of the best sketches from the show were compiled into the album Its A Square World, released in 1962. Produced for record by George Martin, the series also featured many later greats of British comedy, including Ronnie Barker, Clive Dunn, Dick Emery, Derick Guyler, Bob Todd and Benny Lee.