Malcolm Muggeridge, a journalist who gained celebrity for his caustic commentaries on post-imperial Britain, died Wednesday in a Sussex nursing home, a laywer for the family said. He was 87.

The lawyer, Vernor Miles, said Muggeridge never fully recovered from a stroke he suffered three months ago.A journalist, author, teacher, World War II spy, editor and traveler, Muggeridge became famous through television in the 1950s and '60s.

In 1957, the British Broadcasting Corp. banned him for what was perceived as an attack on the royal family.

He continued writing and interviewing after he moved in the 1960s to a 400-year-old, whitewashed cottage in Sussex, where he lived with his wife, Kitty, whom he married in 1927.

Through a career that included spells as a foreign correspondent in Moscow and Washington, Muggeridge remained both fascinated and repelled by politicians. He espoused no political cause but loathed communism.

That was born partly of disillusionment during a 1932-33 assignment in the Soviet Union as correspondent.