It was an absolute pleasure to meet Mike over the airwaves on 22nd April 2013 when he told
me about his fascinating and wonderful career.
Mike Sarne was born Michael Scheuer at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London. Active in
the 1960s as singer, he is best known for his 1962 UK novelty chart topper, "Come Outside"
(produced by Joe Meek), which featured vocal interjections by Wendy Richard. In the mid
1960s Mike introduced the ITV children's quiz series, Junior Criss Cross Quiz.
Films he has directed include: Joanna (1968) and most notably Myra Breckinridge (1970), an
adaptation of Gore Vidal's book of the same name, starring Raquel Welch, Rex Reed, Mae
West and Farrah Fawcett in her first big screen role. A more recent film is The Punk and the
Princess (1994) an adaptation of Gideon Sams' young adult novel The Punk, about the
romance between a teenage punk rocker and an upper class Sloane Ranger girl. He also
directed a documentary about the Glastonbury Music Festival in 1995.
As an actor, he has appeared mainly on television, in British series including The Avengers,
Man in a Suitcase, Jonathan Creek, and The Bill. He starred in the 1963 film A Place to Go
with Rita Tushingham, directed by Basil Dearden. Michael Sarne also appeared in an
episode of 'Minder' as Billy Beesley, a amateur safe blower.
Mike's Hit with Wendy Richards Come Outside