Peter Cook

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'Indecently funny in every way' – Peter Cook's legacy by Eddie Izzard, Lucy Porter and more
His influence is everywhere – but is the great, groundbreaking comedian being forgotten? Twenty-five years after his death, we reassess his impact

Ryan Gilbey

09, Jan, 2020 @6:00 AM

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I saw Jonathan Miller in Beyond the Fringe – and I'm still dazzled
The Guardian’s theatre critic was at the sketch group’s first show in 1960. It was the beginning of a friendship … and a satire boom that changed the world

Michael Billington

28, Nov, 2019 @11:56 AM

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Stanley Donen: a Hollywood blueblood treasured for Singin' in the Rain
Donen’s brilliance helped reinvent the Hollywood musical, and he went on to display a tremendous skill for romance and comedy

Peter Bradshaw

24, Feb, 2019 @7:00 AM

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From Beyond the Fringe to Nanette: five shows that changed the face of comedy
With the Edinburgh fringe in full flow, here are the five standup sets that catapulted their creators to fame

Brian Logan

21, Aug, 2018 @9:00 AM

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The worst job one could ever have? | Brief letters
Brief letters: Amazon’s deus ex machina | Women in the boardroom | Good morning, squid | Asterix and the Aztecs | Derek and Clive

Letters

01, Jun, 2018 @3:58 PM

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'Fame proved toxic for the relationship': when comedy double acts split
David Baddiel, Andy Zaltzman, Richard Herring and other comics on fame, failure and friendship

Simon Parkin

27, Jan, 2018 @10:00 AM

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Jon Richardson: ‘The first series of The League Of Gentlemen blew my mind’
The standup and 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown team captain on what makes him laugh the most

Rachel Aroesti

17, Feb, 2017 @1:00 PM

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Catch-up and download: from The Path to The Undiscovered Peter Cook
Aaron Paul stars in Amazon’s latest twisty drama, while unseen footage sheds new light on a comedy legend

Phil Harrison and Aina Khan

03, Dec, 2016 @9:00 AM

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On my radar: Jamie Hince’s cultural highlights
The Kills guitarist and singer on Russian animation and photography, inspirational musicians and the poshest bar in Paris

Kathryn Bromwich

05, Jun, 2016 @7:00 AM

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Derek and Clive are back – are they too much for the 21st century?
Peter Cook and Dudley Moore’s relentlessly filthy 70s albums anticipated punk, and influenced both alternative comedy and a generation of smutty teenagers. But is this re-release just too offensive for modern ears?

Andrew Harrison

02, Aug, 2015 @4:00 PM

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Peter Cook played James Last to perfection | Letters
Letters: The ladies asked him where his tour was going and Peter, in an almost Hitlerian rant, told them he intended to conquer Europe

Letters

16, Jun, 2015 @7:25 PM

Why Alan Bennett's plea for the reform of private education is welcome

Roy Greenslade steps out of his media beat to echo the playwright's call for amalgamation between private and state schools

Roy Greenslade

18, Jun, 2014 @9:49 AM

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