Sunday, March 21, 2010
AS SEEN IN:
"Not Only... But Always"
AS PLAYED BY:
Rhys Ifans (Peter Cook)
Aidan McArdle (Dudley Moore)
'Not Only... But Also' was a popular 1960s BBC British television series starring Peter Cook and Dudley Moore.The show was originally intended as a solo project for Moore, called 'Not Only Dudley Moore, But Also His Guests'. However, unsure about going it alone, Moore invited his partner from Beyond the Fringe, Peter Cook, to guest in the pilot (along with Diahann Carroll and John Lennon, who was to make two more appearances during the course of the series). So popular was the double act — in particular "The Dagenham Dialogues", that Cook was invited to become a permanent fixture and the show became 'Not Only Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, But Also Their Guests', though it was only ever really referred to as 'Not Only... But Also'.
"Not Only But Always" is a British TV movie, originally screened on the Channel 4 network in the UK on December 30, 2004. Written and directed by playwright Terry Johnson, the film tells the story of the working and personal relationship between the comedians Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, a hugely popular duo in the UK during the 1960s and '70s.
Focusing primarily on Cook, the film traces the pair from their first meeting through their career as part of the Beyond the Fringe review, their television series 'Not Only... But Also' (from which the film takes its title) and various other projects before their later estrangement as Moore became a successful Hollywood film star and Cook remained in the UK. Although some events are fictionalised and condensed, and the film was criticised in some quarters for an unsympathetic portrayal of many of Cook's faults, it was generally well-received critically.