Peter Edward Cook (17 November 1937 – 9 January 1995) was an English
actor, satirist, writer and comedian. Cook is widely regarded as the
leading light of the British satire boom of the 1960s. He was closely
associated with the anti-establishment comedy that emerged in the
United Kingdom and United States in the late 1950s.
Called "the father of modern satire" by The Guardian, in 2005, Cook
was ranked number one in the Comedians' Comedian, a poll of over 300
comics, comedy writers, producers, and directors throughout the
1 Early life
2.3 Consequences album
Amnesty International performances
6 TV Series
9 Further reading
10 External links
Cook was born at his parents' house, "Shearbridge", in Middle Warberry
Road, Torquay, Devon. He was the only son and eldest of the three
children of Alexander Edward "Alec" Cook (1906–1984), a colonial
civil servant, and his wife Ethel Catherine Margaret, née Mayo
(1908–1994). He was educated at
Radley College and Pembroke College,
Cambridge, where he studied French and German.
As a student, Cook initially intended to become a career diplomat like
his father, but Britain "had run out of colonies", as he put it.
Although politically largely apathetic, particularly in later life
when he displayed a deep distrust of politicians of all hues, he did
join the Cambridge University Liberal Club. At Pembroke Cook
performed and wrote comedy sketches as a member of the Cambridge
Footlights Club, of which he became president in 1960. His hero was
Footlights writer and Cambridge magazine writer David Nobbs.
Whilst still at university, Cook wrote for Kenneth Williams, providing
several sketches for Williams' hit West End comedy revue Pieces of
Eight and much of the follow-up, One Over the Eight, before finding
prominence in his own right in a four-man group satirical stage show,
Beyond the Fringe, with Jonathan Miller,
Alan Bennett and Dudley
Beyond the Fringe
Beyond the Fringe became a great success in
London after being first
performed at the
Edinburgh Festival and included Cook impersonating
the prime minister, Harold Macmillan. This was one of the first
occasions satirical political mimicry had been attempted in live
theatre and it shocked audiences. During one performance, Macmillan
was in the theatre and Cook departed from his script and attacked him
Cook in the revue Beyond the Fringe
In 1961, Cook opened The Establishment, a club at 18 Greek Street in
Soho in central London, presenting fellow comedians in a nightclub
setting, including American Lenny Bruce. Cook said it was a satirical
venue modelled on "those wonderful Berlin cabarets ... which did so
much to stop the rise of Hitler and prevent the outbreak of the Second
World War"; as a members-only venue it was outside the censorship
Cook befriended and supported Australian comedian and actor Barry
Humphries, who began his British solo career at the club. Humphries
said in his autobiography, My Life As Me, that he found Cook's lack of
interest in art and literature off-putting. Dudley Moore's jazz trio
played in the basement of the club during the early 1960s.
In 1962, the
BBC commissioned a pilot for a television series of
satirical sketches based on the Establishment Club, but it was not
immediately picked up and Cook went to
New York City
New York City for a year to
perform Beyond The Fringe on Broadway. When he returned, the pilot had
been refashioned as
That Was the Week That Was
That Was the Week That Was and had made a star of
David Frost, something Cook resented.
The 1960s satire boom was coming to an end and Cook said: "England was
about to sink giggling into the sea". He complained that Frost's
success was based on copying Cook's own stage persona and Cook dubbed
him "the bubonic plagiarist", and said that his only regret in
life, according to Alan Bennett, had been saving Frost from drowning.
This incident occurred in the summer of 1963, when the rivalry between
the two men was at its height. Cook had realised that Frost's
potential drowning would have looked deliberate if he had not been
Around this time, Cook provided financial backing for the satirical
magazine Private Eye, supporting it through difficult periods,
particularly in libel trials. Cook invested his own money and
solicited investment from his friends. For a time, the magazine was
produced from the premises of the Establishment Club. In 1963, Cook
married Wendy Snowden; the couple had two daughters, Lucy and Daisy,
but the marriage ended in 1970.
Cook expanded television comedy with Eleanor Bron, John Bird and John
Fortune. His first regular television spot was on Granada Television's
Braden Beat with Bernard Braden, where he featured his most enduring
character: the static, dour and monotonal E. L. Wisty, whom Cook had
conceived for Radley College's Marionette Society.
Dudley Moore in
London for the US television programme, Kraft
Cook's comedy partnership with
Dudley Moore led to Not Only... But
Also. This was originally intended by the
BBC as a vehicle for Moore's
music, but Moore invited Cook to write sketches and appear with him.
Using few props, they created dry, absurd television that proved
hugely popular and lasted for three series between 1965 and 1970. Cook
played characters such as
Sir Arthur Streeb-Greebling and the two men
Pete and Dud alter egos. Other sketches included
"Superthunderstingcar", a parody of the
Gerry Anderson marionette TV
shows, and Cook's pastiche of 1960s trendy arts documentaries –
satirised in a parodic segment on Greta Garbo.
When Cook learned a few years later that the videotapes of the series
were to be wiped, a common practice at the time, he offered to buy the
recordings from the
BBC but was refused because of copyright issues.
He suggested he could purchase new tapes so that the
BBC would have no
need to erase the originals, but this was also turned down. Of the
original 22 programmes, only eight still survive complete. A
compilation of six half-hour programmes, The Best of What's Left of
Not Only...But Also was shown on television and has been released on
both VHS and DVD.
The Wrong Box
The Wrong Box (1966) and Bedazzled (1967) Cook and Moore began to
act in films together. Directed by Stanley Donen, the underlying story
of Bedazzled is credited to Cook and Moore and its screenplay to Cook.
A comic parody of Faust, it stars Cook as George Spigott (the Devil)
who tempts Stanley Moon (Moore), a frustrated, short-order chef, with
the promise of gaining his heart's desire – the unattainable beauty
and waitress at his cafe, Margaret Spencer (Eleanor Bron) – in
exchange for his soul, but repeatedly tricks him. The film features
cameo appearances by
Barry Humphries as Envy and
Raquel Welch as Lust.
Moore composed the soundtrack music and co-wrote (with Cook) the songs
performed in the film. His jazz trio backed Cook on the theme, a
parodic anti-love song, which Cook delivered in a deadpan monotone and
included his familiar put-down, "you fill me with inertia."
In 1968, Cook and Moore briefly switched to ATV for four one-hour
programmes entitled Goodbye Again, based on the Pete and Dud
characters. Cook's increasing alcoholism led him to become reliant on
cue cards and the show was not a popular success, owing in part to the
publication of the ITV listings magazine, TV Times, being suspended
because of a strike.
John Cleese was a cast member.
Cook (right) and Moore performing in the revue Good Evening on
In 1970, Cook took over a project initiated by
David Frost for a
satirical film about an opinion pollster who rises to become President
of Great Britain. Under Cook's guidance, the character became modelled
on Frost. The film, The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer, was not a
success, although the cast contained notable names (including
appearances from Monty Python's
John Cleese and Graham Chapman, who
co-wrote the film).
Cook became a favourite of the chat show circuit but his own effort at
hosting one for the
BBC in 1971, Where Do I Sit?, was said by the
critics to have been a disappointment. He was replaced after only two
episodes by Michael Parkinson, the start of Parkinson's career as a
chat show host. Parkinson later asked Cook what his ambitions were,
Cook replied jocularly "[...] in fact, my ambition is to shut you up
altogether you see!"
Cook and Moore fashioned sketches from Not Only....But Also and
Goodbye Again with new material into the stage revue called Behind the
Fridge. This show toured Australia in 1972 before transferring to New
York City in 1973, re-titled as Good Evening. Cook frequently appeared
on and off stage the worse for drink. Nonetheless, the show proved
very popular and it won Tony and Grammy Awards. When it finished,
Moore stayed in the United States to pursue his film acting ambitions
in Hollywood. Cook returned to Britain and in 1973 married the actress
and model Judy Huxtable.
Later, the more risqué humour of
Pete and Dud went farther on
long-playing records as "Derek and Clive". The first recording was
initiated by Cook to alleviate boredom during the Broadway run of Good
Evening and used material conceived years before for the two
characters but considered too outrageous. One of these audio
recordings was also filmed and tensions between the duo are seen to
Chris Blackwell circulated bootleg copies to friends in the
music business. The popularity of the recording convinced Cook to
release it commercially, although Moore was initially reluctant,
fearing that his rising fame as a Hollywood star would be undermined.
Derek and Clive albums were released, the last accompanied
by a film.
Cook and Moore hosted
Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live on 24 January 1976 during
the show's first season. They did a number of their classic stage
routines, including "One Leg Too Few" and "Frog and Peach" among
others, in addition to participating in some skits with the show's
In 1978, Cook appeared on the British music series Revolver as the
manager of a ballroom where emerging punk and new wave acts played.
For some groups, these were their first appearances on television.
Cook's acerbic commentary was a distinctive aspect of the programme.
In 1979, Cook recorded comedy-segments as B-sides to the Sparks
12-inch singles "Number One in Heaven" and "Tryouts for the Human
Race". The main songwriter
Ron Mael often began with a banal situation
in his lyrics, and then went at surreal tangents in the style of Cook
and S. J. Perelman.
Cook played multiple roles on the 1977 concept album Consequences,
written and produced by former
Kevin Godley and Lol
Creme. A mixture of spoken comedy and progressive rock with an
environmental subtext, Consequences started as a single that Godley
and Creme planned to make to demonstrate their invention, an electric
guitar effect called the Gizmo, which they developed in 10cc. The
project grew into a triple LP boxed set. The comedy sections were
originally intended to be performed by a cast including Spike Milligan
and Peter Ustinov, but Godley and Creme eventually settled on Cook
once they realised he could perform most parts himself.
The storyline centres on the impending divorce of ineffectual
Englishman Walter Stapleton (Cook) and his French wife Lulu (Judy
Huxtable). While meeting their lawyers – the bibulous Mr. Haig and
overbearing Mr. Pepperman (both played by Cook) – the encroaching
global catastrophe interrupts proceedings with bizarre and mysterious
happenings, which seem to centre on Mr. Blint (Cook), a musician and
composer living in the flat below Haig's office, to which it is
connected by a large hole in the floor.
Although it has since developed a cult following due to Cook's
presence, Consequences was released as punk was sweeping the UK and
proved a resounding commercial failure, savaged by critics who found
the music self-indulgent. The script and story have evident
connections to Cook's own life – his then wife
Judy Huxtable plays
Walter's wife. Cook's struggles with alcohol are mirrored in Haig's
drinking, and there is a parallel between the fictional divorce of
Walter and Lulu and Cook's own divorce from his first wife. The voice
and accent Cook used for the character of Stapleton are similar to
those of Cook's
Beyond the Fringe
Beyond the Fringe colleague, Alan Bennett, and a book
on Cook's comedy, How Very Interesting, speculates that the characters
Cook plays in Consequences are caricatures of the four Beyond The
Fringe cast members – the alcoholic Haig represents Cook, the
tremulous Stapleton is Bennett, the parodically Jewish Pepperman is
Miller, and the pianist Blint represents Moore.
Amnesty International performances
Cook appeared at the first three fund-raising galas staged by
John Cleese and Martin Lewis on behalf of Amnesty
International. The benefits were dubbed The Secret Policeman's Balls
though it wasn't until the third show in 1979 that the title was used.
He performed on all three nights of the first show in April 1976, A
Poke in the Eye (With a Sharp Stick), as an individual performer and
as a member of the cast of Beyond the Fringe, which reunited for the
first time since the 1960s. He also appeared in a
Monty Python sketch,
taking the place of Eric Idle. Cook was on the cast album of the show
and in the film, Pleasure at Her Majesty's. He was in the second
Amnesty gala in May 1977, An Evening Without Sir Bernard Miles. It was
retitled The Mermaid Frolics for the cast album and TV special. Cook
performed monologues and skits with Terry Jones.
In June 1979, Cook performed all four nights of The Secret Policeman's
Ball – teaming with John Cleese. Cook performed a couple of solo
pieces and a sketch with Eleanor Bron. He also led the ensemble in the
finale – the "End of the World" sketch from Beyond The Fringe.
In response to a barb in
The Daily Telegraph
The Daily Telegraph that the show was
recycled material, Cook wrote a satire of the summing-up by Mr Justice
Cantley in the trial of former Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe, a
summary thought by some to show bias in favour of Thorpe. Cook
performed it that same night (Friday 29 June – the third of the four
nights) and the following night. The nine-minute opus, "Entirely a
Matter for You", is considered by many fans and critics to be one of
the finest works of Cook's career. Cook and show producer Martin Lewis
brought out an album on
Virgin Records entitled Here Comes the Judge:
Live of the live performance together with three studio tracks that
further lampooned the Thorpe trial.
Although unable to take part in the 1981 gala, Cook supplied the
narration over the animated opening title sequence of the 1982 film of
the show. With Lewis, he wrote and voiced radio commercials to
advertise the film in the UK. He also hosted a spoof film awards
ceremony that was part of the world première of the film in
Following Cook's 1987 stage reunion with Moore for the annual American
benefit for the homeless,
Comic Relief (not related to the UK Comic
Relief benefits), Cook repeated the reunion for a British audience by
performing with Moore at the 1989 Amnesty benefit The Secret
Policeman's Biggest Ball.
In 1980, partly spurred by Moore's growing film star status, Cook
moved to Hollywood and appeared as an uptight English butler to a
wealthy American woman in a short-lived United States television
sitcom, The Two of Us, also making cameo appearances in a couple of
undistinguished films. In 1980, Cook starred in the
LWT special Peter
Cook & Co. The show included comedy sketches, including a Tales of
the Unexpected parody "Tales of the Much As We Expected." This
involved Cook as Roald Dahl, explaining his name had been Ronald
before he dropped the "n." The cast included John Cleese, Rowan
Atkinson, Beryl Reid,
Paula Wilcox and Terry Jones.
In 1983 Cook played the role of Richard III in the first episode of
Blackadder, "The Foretelling," which parodies Laurence Olivier's
portrayal. He narrated the short film "Diplomatix" by Norwegian comedy
trio Kirkvaag, Lystad and Mjøen, which won the "
Special Prize of the
City of Montreux" at the Montreux Comedy Festival in 1985. In 1986 he
Joan Rivers on her UK talk show. He appeared as Mr Jolly in
1987 in The Comic Strip Presents' episode "Mr. Jolly Lives Next Door,"
playing an assassin who covers the sound of his murders by playing Tom
Jones records. That same year, Cook made a big splash on American
shores when he appeared in The Princess Bride as the "Impressive
Clergyman" who officiates the wedding ceremony between Buttercup and
Prince Humperdinck, uttering the now famous line "Mawage!" Also that
year he spent time working with Martin Lewis on a political satire
about the 1988 US presidential elections for HBO, but the script went
unproduced. Lewis suggested Cook team with Moore for the US Comic
Relief telethon for the homeless. The duo reunited and performed their
"One Leg Too Few" sketch.
In 1988, Cook appeared as a contestant on the improvisation comedy
show Whose Line Is It Anyway? Cook was declared the winner, his prize
being to read the credits in the style of a New York cab driver – a
character he had portrayed in
Peter Cook & Co.
Cook occasionally called in to Clive Bull's night-time phone-in radio
LBC in London. Using the name "Sven from Swiss Cottage," he
mused on love, loneliness and herrings in a mock Norwegian accent.
Jokes included Sven's attempts to find his estranged wife, in which he
often claimed to be telephoning the show from all over the world, and
his hatred of the Norwegian obsession with fish. While Bull was
clearly aware that Sven was fictional he did not learn of his real
identity until later.
In late 1989, Cook married for the third time, to Malaysian-born
property developer Chiew Lin Chong (1945–2016) in Torbay, Devon. She
provided him with some stability in his personal life and he reduced
his drinking, to the extent that for a time he was teetotal. He lived
alone in a small 18th-century house in Perrins Walk, Hampstead, while
his wife kept her own property only 100 yards away.
Cook returned to the
Sir Arthur Streeb-Greebling for an
Ludovic Kennedy in A Life in Pieces. The 12 interviews
saw Sir Arthur recount his life based on the Twelve Days of Christmas.
Unscripted interviews with Cook as Streeb-Greebling and satirist Chris
Morris were recorded in late 1993 and broadcast as Why Bother? on BBC
Radio 3. Morris described them:
It was a very different style of improvisation from what I'd been used
to, working with people like Steve Coogan,
Doon Mackichan and Rebecca
Front, because those
On the Hour
On the Hour and
The Day Today
The Day Today things were about
trying to establish a character within a situation, and
Peter Cook was
really doing 'knight's move' and 'double knight's move' thinking to
construct jokes or ridiculous scenes flipping back on themselves, and
it was amazing. I mean, I held out no great hopes that he wouldn't be
a boozy old sack of lard with his hair falling out and scarcely able
to get a sentence out, because he hadn't given much evidence that that
wouldn't be the case. But, in fact, he stumbled in with a Safeways bag
full of Kestrel lager and loads of fags and then proceeded to skip
about mentally with the agility of a grasshopper. Really quite
On 17 December 1993, Cook appeared on
Clive Anderson Talks Back as
four characters – biscuit tester and alien abductee Norman House,
football manager and motivational speaker Alan Latchley, judge Sir
James Beauchamp and rock legend Eric Daley. The following day he
appeared on BBC2 performing links for Arena's "Radio Night". He also
appeared, on 26 December, in the 1993 Christmas special of One Foot in
the Grave ("One Foot in the Algarve"), playing a muckraking tabloid
photographer. Before the end of the next year his mother died, and a
grief-stricken Cook returned to heavy drinking. He made his last TV
appearance on the show
Pebble Mill at One in November 1994.
Cook died from a gastrointestinal hemorrhage on 9 January 1995,
aged 57. He was cremated at
Golders Green Crematorium
Golders Green Crematorium and his ashes
were buried in an unmarked plot behind St John-at-Hampstead, not far
from his house in Perrins Walk.
Dudley Moore attended Cook's memorial service at St John-at-Hampstead
on 1 May 1995. He and Martin Lewis presented a two-night memorial
for Cook at
The Improv in Los Angeles, on 15 and 16 November 1995, to
mark what would have been Cook's 58th birthday.
Cook's green plaque in Westminster, London
Cook is widely acknowledged as a strong influence on the many British
comedians who followed him from the amateur dramatic clubs of British
universities to the
Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and then to radio and
television. On his death some critics choose to see Cook's life as
tragic, insofar as the brilliance of his youth had not been sustained
in his later years. However, Cook himself always maintained he had no
ambitions at all for sustained success. He assessed happiness by his
friendships and his enjoyment of life.
Eric Idle and
Stephen Fry said
Cook had not wasted his talent but rather that the newspapers had
tried to waste him.
Several friends honoured him with a dedication in the closing credits
Fierce Creatures (1997), a comedy film written by
John Cleese about
a zoo in peril of being closed. It starred Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis,
Kevin Kline and Michael Palin. The dedication displays photos and the
lifespan dates of Cook and of British naturalist and humourist Gerald
In 1999 the minor planet 20468 Petercook, in the main asteroid belt,
was named after Cook.
Channel 4 broadcast Not Only But Always, a television film dramatising
the relationship between Cook and Moore, with
Rhys Ifans portraying
Cook. At the 2005
Edinburgh Festival Fringe a play, Pete and Dud: Come
Again written by Chris Bartlett and Nick Awde, examined the
relationship from Moore's view. The play was transferred to London's
West End at The Venue in 2006 and toured the UK the following year.
Tom Goodman-Hill starred as Cook and
Kevin Bishop as Moore in the West
A green plaque was unveiled by the
Westminster City Council and the
Heritage Foundation at the site of the Establishment Club on 15
February 2009 after an online campaign by satirist / event Organiser
Mark Biddiss, who also organised "The World's 1st
Peter Cook is dead
Birthday Party/Long overdue Public Wake" at the site of the
Establishment Club to promote the plaque, which featured a live
reworking of 'Derek & Clive' material titled "Derek & Clive
are Alive again".
A historic blue plaque was unveiled by the
Torbay Civic Society on 17
November 2014 at Cook's place of birth, "Shearbridge", Middle Warberry
Road, Torquay, with his widow Lin and other members of the family in
attendance. A further blue plaque was commissioned and erected at the
home of his favourite football club,
Torquay United, Plainmoor,
Torquay, in 2015.
Bachelor of Hearts
Bachelor of Hearts (1958) – Pedestrian in Street (uncredited)
Ten Thousand Talents Short Film (1960) (voice)
What's Going on Here TV Movie (1963)
The Wrong Box
The Wrong Box (1966) – Morris Finsbury
Alice in Wonderland (1966) – Mad Hatter
Bedazzled (1967) – George Spiggott / The Devil
A Dandy in Aspic (1968) – Prentiss
Monte Carlo or Bust!
Monte Carlo or Bust! (released in the US as Those Daring Young Men in
Their Jaunty Jalopies) (1969) – Maj. Digby Dawlish
The Bed Sitting Room (1969) – Inspector
The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer (1970) – Michael Rimmer
Behind the Fridge TV Movie (1971) – Various Characters
An Apple a Day TV Movie (1971) – Mr Elwood Sr.
The Adventures of Barry McKenzie (1972) – Dominic
Saturday Night at the Baths (1975) – Himself – in theater audience
Find the Lady (1976) – Lewenhak
Eric Sykes Shows a Few of Our Favourite Things TV Movie (1977) –
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1978) – Sherlock Holmes
Derek and Clive Get the Horn (1979) – Clive
Peter Cook & Co TV Movie (1980) – Various Characters
Yellowbeard (1983) – Lord Percy Lambourn
Supergirl (1984) – Nigel
Kenny Everett's Christmas Carol TV Movie (1985) – Ghost of Christmas
Yet To Come
The Myth (1986) – Himself
The Princess Bride (1987) – The Impressive Clergyman
Whoops Apocalypse (1988) – Sir Mortimer Chris
Without a Clue
Without a Clue (1988) – Norman Greenhough
Getting It Right (1989) – Mr. Adrian
Jake's Journey TV Movie (1988) – King
Great Balls of Fire! (1989) – First English Reporter
The Craig Ferguson Story TV Movie (1991) – Fergus Ferguson
One Foot in the Algarve (1993 film) – Martin Trout
Black Beauty (1994) – Lord Wexmire (final film role)
Peter Cook Talks Golf Balls (Video 1994) – Plays 4 characters Alec
Dunroonie / Dr Dieter Liedbetter / Major Titherly Glibble / Bill Rossi
Chronicle TV Series (1964) – (1 episode)
A Series of Bird's TV Series (1967) – (1 episode)
Not Only... But Also TV Series (1965–1970) Various Characters (22
Not Only But Also.
Peter Cook and
Dudley Moore in Australia TV Mini
Thirty-Minute Theatre (1972) – Peter Trilby (1 episode)
The Two of Us TV Series 1981 – 1982) – Robert Brentwood (20
The Black Adder
The Black Adder TV Series (1983) Richard III (1 episode)
Diplomatix TV Short (1985) – Narrator (voice)
The Comic Strip Presents... (1988) – Mr Jolly (1 episode)
The Best of... What's Left of...
Not Only... But Also (1990) – Pete
/ Himself / other characters (1 episode)
A Life in Pieces (TV Series Short 1990) – Sir Arthur
Streeb-Greebling (12 episodes)
Roger Mellie: The Man on the Telly (1991) – Roger Mellie (voice)
Gone to Seed (1992) – Wesley Willis – (6 episodes)
Arena (1993) – (documentary) (2 episodes)
Amnesty International Performances:
Pleasure at Her Majesty's
Pleasure at Her Majesty's (1976)
The Mermaid Frolics (1977)
The Secret Policeman's Ball (1979)
The Secret Policeman's Private Parts (1981)
The Best of Amnesty: Featuring the Stars of
Monty Python (1999)
UK chart singles:
"The Ballad of Spotty Muldoon" (1965)
"Goodbye-ee" (1965) (both with Dudley Moore)
Bridge on the River Wye
Bridge on the River Wye (1962)
The Misty Mr. Wisty
The Misty Mr. Wisty (1965) Decca LK 4722
Derek and Clive (Live) (with Dudley Moore) (1976)
Derek and Clive Come Again (with Dudley Moore) (1977)
Derek and Clive Ad Nauseam (with Dudley Moore) (1978)
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William Cook (2014). One Leg Too Few: The Adventures of
Peter Cook and
Dudley Moore. Arrow. ISBN 978-0099559924.
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Lengthy 1988 KCRW radio interview in 3 parts "Bob Claster's Funny
Stuff" including many excerpts.
Mr Blint's Attic
Tribute to Peter Cook, with texts and commentary
Good Evening, a
Peter Cook Fansite incl. Gallery
BBC Guide to Comedy: Not Only...But Also
One Leg Too Few, script for one of Cook and Moore's most famous and
Private Eye TV
Battle for Britain
E. J. Thribb
Prime Minister Parodies
St Albion Parish News
The New Coalition Academy
Frequent targets of parody
Not Private Eye
"Tired and emotional"
Anyone for Denis? (1982, TV version)
Coach and Horses, Soho
List of winners of the Sir Hugh Casson Award
Paul Foot Award
Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album
Stan Freberg – The Best of the
Stan Freberg Shows (1959)
Carl Sandburg –
Lincoln Portrait (1960)
Robert Bialek (producer) – FDR Speaks (1961)
Leonard Bernstein – Humor in Music (1962)
Charles Laughton – The Story-Teller: A Session With Charles Laughton
Edward Albee (playwright) –
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1964)
That Was the Week That Was
That Was the Week That Was –
BBC Tribute to John F. Kennedy (1965)
Goddard Lieberson (producer) – John F. Kennedy - As We Remember Him
Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow –
Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow - A Reporter Remembers, Vol. I
The War Years (1967)
Everett Dirksen – Gallant Men (1968)
Rod McKuen – Lonesome Cities (1969)
Art Linkletter &
Diane Linkletter – We Love You Call Collect
Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. – Why I Oppose the War in Vietnam (1971)
Les Crane – Desiderata (1972)
Bruce Botnick (producer) – Lenny performed by the original Broadway
Richard Harris –
Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1974)
Peter Cook and
Dudley Moore – Good Evening (1975)
James Whitmore –
Give 'em Hell, Harry!
Give 'em Hell, Harry! (1976)
Henry Fonda, Helen Hayes,
James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones and
Orson Welles - Great
American Documents (1977)
Julie Harris –
The Belle of Amherst
The Belle of Amherst (1978)
Orson Welles –
Citizen Kane Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
John Gielgud – Ages of Man - Readings From
Pat Carroll – Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein,
Gertrude Stein (1981)
Orson Welles –
Donovan's Brain (1982)
Tom Voegeli (producer) –
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Raiders of the Lost Ark - The Movie on
Record performed by Various Artists (1983)
William Warfield –
Lincoln Portrait (1984)
Ben Kingsley – The Words of Gandhi (1985)
Mike Berniker (producer) & the original Broadway cast – Ma
Rainey's Black Bottom (1986)
Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chips Moman, Ricky Nelson, Roy Orbison,
Carl Perkins and
Sam Phillips – Interviews From the Class of '55
Recording Sessions (1987)
Garrison Keillor –
Lake Wobegon Days (1988)
Jesse Jackson – Speech by Rev.
Jesse Jackson (1989)
Gilda Radner – It's Always Something (1990)
George Burns – Gracie: A Love Story (1991)
Ken Burns – The Civil War (1992)
Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Robert O'Keefe – What You Can Do to Avoid
Maya Angelou –
On the Pulse of Morning
On the Pulse of Morning (1994)
Henry Rollins – Get in the Van (1995)
Maya Angelou – Phenomenal Woman (1996)
Hillary Clinton –
It Takes a Village (1997)
Charles Kuralt – Charles Kuralt's Spring (1998)
Christopher Reeve –
Still Me (1999)
LeVar Burton – The Autobiography of
Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. (2000)
Sidney Poitier, Rick Harris & John Runnette (producers) – The
Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography (2001)
Quincy Jones, Jeffrey S. Thomas, Steven Strassman (engineers) and
Elisa Shokoff (producer) – Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones
Maya Angelou and Charles B. Potter (producer) – A Song Flung Up to
Heaven / Robin Williams, Nathaniel Kunkel (engineer/mixer) and Peter
Asher (producer) – Live 2002 (2003)
Al Franken and Paul Ruben (producer) – Lies and the Lying Liars Who
Tell Them (2004)
Bill Clinton – My Life (2005)
Barack Obama –
Dreams from My Father
Dreams from My Father (2006)
Jimmy Carter – Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis / Ossie
Ruby Dee - With Ossie and Ruby (2007)
Barack Obama and Jacob Bronstein (producer) – The Audacity of Hope
Cynthia Nixon and
Blair Underwood – An Inconvenient
Al Gore (2009)
Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox – Always Looking Up (2010)
Jon Stewart – The Daily Show with
Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The
Betty White – If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won't) (2012)
Janis Ian – Society's Child (2013)
Stephen Colbert – America Again: Re-becoming The Greatness We Never
Joan Rivers – Diary of a Mad Diva (2015)
Jimmy Carter – A Full Life: Reflections at 90 (2016)
Carol Burnett – In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter,
Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox (2017)
Carrie Fisher –
The Princess Diarist
The Princess Diarist (2018)
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