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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 Paul Merton interrupted Peter Cook's 60 seconds on the Loch Ness monster, Jenny Eclair was superseded by Patrick Moore on foolishness.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

Why Just a Minute hides a far more ruthless reality

Just A Minute has become one of the nation's most beloved radio shows -- but it began as a classroom humiliation, inflicted on daydreamers by a history teacher at Sherborne School in the Thirties.

Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail, 1st December 2017

Has comedy become too PC?

They say that much of the right-wing backlash being observed in the political mainstream across the world stems from how overly PC society has become. And if that's true, comedy may have a lot to answer for.

Jack Peat, The London Economic, 7th August 2017

New TV format based on Peter Cook's satirical Establishment club

Peter Cook's satirical brand The Establishment is due to be revived for a new TV series on Russia Today, with a talent search for new comedy voices about to get under way.

British Comedy Guide, 3rd August 2017