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Not Only... But Also 

Not Only...But Also, most famously showcased Peter Cook and Dudley Moore in there so-called 'Dagenham dialogues' in which Pete (a nasal know-all who has utter confidence in his surreal and ... See full summary »




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Series cast summary:
Peter Cook ...  Various Characters 22 episodes, 1965-1970
Dudley Moore ...  Various Characters 22 episodes, 1965-1970
Chris Karan Chris Karan ...  Himself - Drums 20 episodes, 1965-1970
Peter McGuirk Peter McGuirk ...  Himself - Bass 13 episodes, 1965-1966


Not Only...But Also, most famously showcased Peter Cook and Dudley Moore in there so-called 'Dagenham dialogues' in which Pete (a nasal know-all who has utter confidence in his surreal and ill-informed philosophies on life) and Dud (credulous, dim-witted and scruffy) discuss all manner of subjects, bedecked in cloth caps and Macs. Written by brandon downs

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9 January 1965 (UK) See more »

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A number of surviving sequences were compiled into The Best of Not Only...But Also, screened by BBC2 on 24 December 1974. Cook and Moore persuaded the BBC (in part thanks to a pleading letter from Cook's elderly mother) to piece together six half-hour compilation shows, screened on BBC2 from 4 November to 9 December 1990 as The Best of What's Left of Not Only...But Also and released in 100-minute compilation form under the same title on VHS. In 2003 a 98-minute Region 2 DVD compilation of surviving sketches was released as The Best of Peter Cook & Dudley Moore; this is the same as the previous video tape but missing the third series' opening sequence, "Tower Bridge". At least one sketch substitution appears to have occurred between domestic and international versions of the compilation shows, the latter of which included "The Walrus and the Carpenter" (a filmed recreation of the Lewis Carrol poem which survives from the largely missing sixth episode of series two) instead of "The Ravens". Neither DVD includes this sequence. "Initials", or "Old J.J.", an old piece of Cook's recorded for the NOBA pilot in November 1964 and screened in January 1965 in the first episode of the series proper, was included in a mid-1990s VHS compilation of 1960s BBC comedy extracts. See more »


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Brilliant and hilarious
26 March 2001 | by CorgieSee all my reviews

This is Pete and Dud at their finest, folks. I don't know how many times I've watched my Best of What's Left of Not Only...But Also tape and I still laugh out loud. The bit with the father and son ("Your Uncle Bertie is a dirty, dirty man") and the scene in the art gallery ("Have a sandwich; my feet are killing me") are classics. The dynamic between Peter Cook and Dudley Moore is fantastic and watching Pete drive Dud to giggles with what he says or by the way he stares at him (most notably in the art gallery and the reptile house) is just a riot. There's some pretty bizarre British humor here so it may be kind of an acquired taste for those of us here in the States, but if that's your thing, you can't miss Not Only...But Also. That sounded like a pitch, didn't it? :-)

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