A Cock And Bull Story. Image shows from L to R: Steve Coogan - Tristram Shandy & Walter Shandy (Steve Coogan), Rob Brydon - Toby Shandy (Rob Brydon). Copyright: Revolution Films / BBC Films.

A Cock And Bull Story

A Cock And Bull Story

Film starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as themselves, filming a movie adaptation of the novel The Life And Opinions Of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Keeley Hawes, Shirley Henderson, Dylan Moran, David Walliams, Jeremy Northam, Benedict Wong and others
Frank Cottrell-Boyce and Laurence Sterne
Michael Winterbottom
Anita Overland, Wendy Brazington and Andrew Eaton

One of English literature's most anarchic classics - The Life And Opinions Of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman - adapted by one of cinema's most daring film-makers, A Cock And Bull Story is a comedy from acclaimed director Michael Winterbottom.

Bringing together the cream of British comedy talent, this is a film which perfectly captures the spirit of the novel - a celebration of the wonderful, unfathomable chaos of life itself.

A Cock And Bull Story is an energetic adaptation of a book which is unadaptable, and this is wrapped round by an affectionate and equally hilarious account of what it's like trying to make a film - especially when the two lead actors are constantly vying with each other for attention.

Production Details

UK certificate
94 minutes
Release date
Friday 20th January 2006
Production companies
Laugh track

Broadcast details

Last repeat
Sunday 25th May 2014 at 11:30pm on BBC2

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