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Comedy duos who secretly hated each other

In his 2017 memoir, Matt Lucas recalls "hurling obscenities" at co-star David Walliams during an Australian live tour. The odd blazing row notwithstanding, the pair's relationship has been rosy compared to the bitter feuds that consumed earlier double acts. Here we look back at some of history's most troubled comedy partnerships.

The Telegraph, 23rd April 2020

'Indecently funny in every way' - Peter Cook's legacy

His influence is everywhere - but is the great, groundbreaking comedian being forgotten? Twenty-five years after his death, we reassess his impact.

Ryan Gilbey, The Guardian, 9th January 2020

I saw Miller in Beyond the Fringe - I'm still dazzled

The Guardian's theatre critic was at the sketch group's first show in 1960. It was the beginning of a friendship ... and a satire boom that changed the world.

Michael Billington, The Guardian, 28th November 2019

BBC releases some historic comedy moments

The BBC is making hundreds of clips from its archive available to watch on a new website. Comics featured include Spike Milligan, Pete and Dud, Kenny Everett and Billy Connolly.

Chortle, 10th September 2019

For sale: Peter Cook's London house

The London home where Peter Cook lived for the last 20 years of his life has been put on the market for £5million.

Chortle, 11th June 2019

A life in focus: Peter Cook

John Bird writes about the giant of British comedy who inspired several generations.

John Bird, The Independent, 11th May 2019

When comedy double acts split

David Baddiel, Andy Zaltzman, Richard Herring and other comics on fame, failure and friendship.

Simon Parkin, The Guardian, 27th January 2018

Longevity, banging on and on, is the key component of national treasuredom. In his slick Sale of the Century years it was hard to imagine Nicholas Parsons might ever achieve the status, but now, aged 94, and having presented 975 episodes of Radio 4's Just a Minute/c], without deviation but with plenty of repetition, the mantle maybe fits. The BBC celebrated his half century with a tribute, Just a Minute: 50 Years in 28 Minutes, which had living panellists compete with departed wits; a ouija board parlour game. Paul Merton interrupted Peter Cook's 60 seconds on the Loch Ness monster, Jenny Eclair was superseded by Patrick Moore on foolishness. By the time Stephen Fry cut in on Kenneth Williams and Barbara Castle on the subject of Gregorian chants, it was tricky to work out who was in the studio and who wasn't. "I don't think we can have psychic challenges," a youthful Parsons reminded his departed guests; we can now.

Tim Adams, The Guardian, 31st December 2017