Not Only... But Also
is a Sketch Show
written by and starring Peter Cook and Dudley Moore
which ran throughout the 1960s.
It had its origins in a solo vehicle for Dudley Moore to be called 'Not Only Dudley Moore But Also his guests'. Among the guests for the pilot was Peter Cook, Dudley Moore's old colleague from Beyond The Fringe
whose contribution was a duologue with two characters called Pete & Dud discussing imaginary romantic encounters with film stars. The sketch was judged so funny that a full series was proposed with Peter Cook to be in every one (in the event, three full series were made). The most fondly remembered parts of the shows were the 'Dagenham Dialogues' - which featured two characters called 'Pete and Dud'
dressed in cloth caps and discussing in minute (and largely inaccurate) detail such subjects as art, sex and animals. Other fondly remembered sketches include The Leaping Nuns
, Bo Dudley
and the Gerry Anderson
, most of the sketches would make it onto any British Viewers' personal list of Crowning Momentof Funny
Sadly, much of the series was lost
when the BBC wiped the tapes, though Cook and Moore went through a lot of effort to attempt to keep them from being so, even offering to buy the BBC new tapes to replace the old ones. The offer was inexplicably refused.
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