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Not Only But Always (2004)

TV Movie  -   -  Biography | Drama  -  30 December 2004 (UK)
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This affectionate documentary examines the turbulent partnership of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, the double act that re-defined the comedy genre. It follows their beginnings in London's ... See full summary »

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This affectionate documentary examines the turbulent partnership of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, the double act that re-defined the comedy genre. It follows their beginnings in London's West End through their rise to stardom which won them accolades but forced a wedge between them. Written by Anonymous

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The front sleeve design of the first Derek and Clive album, "Derek and Clive Live", was rendered in scribbled handwriting, not type-written as this film portrays it. See more »

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Eleanor Bron: Sorry, sir. The club's full.
Upper Class Man: But I have an invitation. Do you know who I am?
Peter Cook: [to the people in the queue] Excuse me, ladies and gentlemen. May I have everyone's attention for a moment? This gentleman doesn't seem to know who he is. If anyone here recognises this man, can you come to the front of the queue and tell him his name.
Upper Class Man: Fuck you!
Peter Cook: You'll have to queue for that, too, I'm afraid, sir. There's a £5 waiting list.
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31 December 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This programme wasn't heavily publicised in the UK, so I can't believe it will get anywhere near the audience it deserves.

Although this is a film about the hate/love relationship between Dudley Moore and Peter Cook, it tends to focus on Cook (his life probably makes for better TV) and is played to perfection by Rhys Ifans.

I thought he was quite good in Little Nicky, but nothing more. If he doesn't win an award for this performance, there's no justice in the world.

He nailed the voice perfectly and the make-up/wardrobe people did the rest. At times, I couldn't tell the difference between what I remembered of Cook and the Ifans version. But although the voice and the image were first class, the quality of the acting from Ifans was something else. The satirical brilliance, the unrelenting cruelty, the boredom and the sadness is portrayed in a masterful fashion.

I can't remember the last time an acting performance made me sit up and take notice like this. Fortunately, he didn't stand out too much from the rest of the cast as they were also very good.

Highly entertaining, and to think I nearly missed this to watch Columbo instead.

No problems giving this 10/10. Total class.


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