Peter Cook

News: Peter Cook's Classic Establishment Club To Come To TV By Bus

The Establishment Club, the legendary haven for satire founded by Peter Cook, is to become a television show with a modern talent show twist. Fronted by Keith Allen the Club will take the form of a Routemaster bus and will be travelling to five cities in search of talent to recruit for a new television show based on the Establishment Club format, to be broadcast on Russia Today.

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TV: The Undiscovered Peter Cook, BBC4

It’s the kind of scoop every journalist/documentarist dreams of. Getting access to hitherto unseen archives of someone dead and famous. And that is exactly what Victor Lewis-Smith landed when Peter Cook’s widow Lin allowed him to rummage through Cook’s personal possessions in his Hampstead mews home that hadn’t been touched since his death in 1995. The results have been painstakingly cherry picked and put together to produce this fascinating doc on a man who has already had umpteen fascinating docs made about him.

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News: Cook & Moore's Derek & Clive Released Again

A five-CD boxed set featuring the complete works of Derek & Clive, aka Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, has just been released, entitled A Right Pair Of C****: The Complete F****** Derek & Clive.

Review: The Comedy Vaults: BBC Two’s Hidden Treasure

Now here’s one for the geeks. As part of BBC2’s 50th birthday celebrations the channel dusted off its archive to reveal some rarely seen – or in some cases never publicly seen at all – comedy gems. This has got to be good I thought. And in some cases it was. In a lot of cases though I thought I’d accidentally tuned in to an episode of Before They Were Famous that was never aired because it wasn’t interesting enough.

Opinion: Is Comedy Too Busy Laughing To Bare Its Teeth?

The world seems determined to laugh at itself at the moment. Co-producer Simon Cowell is sending himself up rotten in I Can’t Sing! while the BBC is ensuring that it is the butt of the joke in W1A on BBC2.

News: The Establishment Club Makes A Day Of It

The Establishment Club, previously revived as a late-night event at Ronnie Scotts is to rise again, but this time as a Sunday lunchtime affair at Bentley's Oyster Bar and Grill. The first event will take place on December 15 and the eclectic line-up includes Scott Capurro (pictured), Professor Laurie Taylor, Man Booker prize-winning novelist Howard Jacobson, Scottish comic Arnold Brown and music from Niggaz with Croissants and other surprise guests.

News: Stephen Fry on Peter Cook at the Establishment

Exciting news has come Beyond The Joke's way that Stephen Fry is going to be a special guest at the next revived Establishment Club night at Ronnie Scott's on April 24th. Fry will be talking about his friendship with the founder of the original Establishment Club, Peter Cook, which is certain to be interesting.

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