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PETER COOK IN HIS OWN WORDS
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Wednesday 31 August - 21 September 2005 6.30-7.00pm
Peter Cook

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"If fate's timing had been as good as Peter's, he would still be with us,"
John Cleese.

Peter Cook died on 9th Jan, 1995: ten years ago. We've plundered Peter Cook's prolific archive, and discovered obscure, irresistible & splendidly daft audio material. The joyous result is a four part series: Peter Cook in His Own Words, presented by Michael Palin.

The series will be divided chronologically, concentrating on key performances, characters and TV/radio appearances in Cook's 36 year comedy career. Here is a selection of the featured archive footage:

PROGRAMME ONE 1959 - 1965
Talking about schooldays with Bob Wellings. (1973)
"Let's Find Out" interviews from the BBC Light programme: famous names interviewed by "a panel of young people". (1965)
Beyond the Fringe & related interviews incl "New Names Making News".(1961)
On the Braden Beat: The E.L.Wisty monologues. (1964)
Various interviews about the Satire Boom. (1962/1963)
"Success Story" Pete and Dud talking about 'how it all began' 15 years ago. (1974)


PROGRAMME TWO 1966 - 1973
Not Only…But Also… and the birth of Pete and Dud. (1966)
"Goodbye Again": lesser known sketches with Dudley Moore. (ATV)
Bedazzled - the movie. (1967)
"Where Do I Sit?": Cook proves he's a rubbish chat show host. (1971)
Behind the Fridge - the tour: UK, Australia and USA (1972. 1973)
Parkinson with Pete, Dud, Alan Bennett and Jonathan Miller. (1972)
Rare footage of a spoof BBC arts programme, fronted by Cook, with Irene Handl, John Betjamin & co.

PROGRAMME THREE 1974 - 1982
Parkinson - appearances approx. every eight months. (1976 - 1982)
Derek & Clive recordings. (1976, 1977)
Quote Unquote, Just a minute and News Quiz guest appearances.(1978 onwards)
Various interviews discussing Private Eye.
Weekly appearances on ITV's pop/rock show "Revolver", in the guise of a dance hall manager who hates the music and the audience. (1978)
Comment on Cook's weekly Daily Mail column, "Monday Morning Feeling".
'Friday Night, Saturday morning', appearing alongside the new Cambridge Footlights team (including Emma Thompson and Hugh Laurie). (1979)
Profile of Peter Cook with David Dimbleby. (1979)
"Envoy Extraordinary in Willesden": a parody of Malcolm Muggeridge, performed with Harold Innocent. (1981)
Weekly appearances on the Russell Harty show as EL Wisty. (1983)

PROGRAMME FOUR 1983 - 1994
TVAM: spoof version of "Through the Keyhole", with Cook playing Grossman, poking around Loyd Grossman's house. (1983)
The Last Resort: regular guest appearances with Jonathan Ross. (1987/88)
Saturday Night Clive: guest appearances as "TV monitor". (1989)
Late night calls from "Sven" to LBC's Clive Bull. (1988-1992)
Clive Anderson Talks Back: 4 character pieces (1993).
Why Bother? Interviews with Chris Morris on Radio 3. (1994)
"Peter Cook Talks Golf Balls" - video with Cook performing as four characters all besotted with the game. (1994)
Cook's sketches on death and thoughts of death, taken from 1966 through to 1994, summing up the life of Peter Cook in his own words.


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