Pete & Dud: The Missing Sketches. Iconic comedy from two iconic geniuses

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January 01, 2017 - 00:52
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I have an old LP called, "Derek and Clive Live", (aka Peter Cook & Dudley Moore) It was absolutely full of foul language, sexual innuendo, racist and homophobic dialogue according to today's standards, yet for me, it remains one of the funniest and most treasured recordings that I possess.

Pete and Dud

By Andy Simon @AndySimon55

I have an old LP called, "Derek and Clive Live", (aka Peter Cook & Dudley Moore) It was absolutely full of foul language, sexual innuendo, racist and homophobic dialogue according to today's standards, yet for me, it remains one of the funniest and most treasured recordings that I possess.

Back in the 60's I was still way too young to watch shows like Beyond The Fringe, let alone, "Not Only But Also" however, that never stopped me from watching anything that had such iconic legends as Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, whenever they were shown on TV in later years.

If my memory doesn't escape me, I have even watched Michael Parkinson interview them on his BBC chat show.

Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, like many comedy legends have endured the test of time. Much loved and still, very much missed by many of us who are (Thankfully) still around to remember them.

So it was a great surprise to me, after flipping through the TV schedules for New Year's Eve, to find that Channel 4 had scheduled a show dedicated to this iconic Dagenham Duo.

One of only a few bits of what I would perceive as "Watchable Telly", throughout the whole evening.

Although I was away holidaying in Morocco over Christmas, It would appear from all the TV reviews I have read since my return, I clearly haven't missed all that much.

Christmas telly is definitely not, what it used to be. Anyway . . .

The show in question; "Peter Cook & Dudley Moore: The Missing Sketches." was basically that, a show focusing on some classics sketches that were up until recently, thought to be lost forever.

Apparently the BBC were pretty good at making monumental cock-ups even back then, and as a consequence of their not so good, forward planning and thinking, 8 out of the original 22 episodes Cook & Moore did, actually survived the ravages of time.

The rest unfortunately; were wiped out.

However thanks to those wonderful anoraks and archivists out there, the makers of last night's show had indeed found some long forgotten and missing sketches, which I'm certain will be a delicious delight for those who even now, greatly miss the iconic classic comedy, these two unforgettable geniuses produced.

Pete loved to make Dudley laugh.

"The Pin In The Bum" sketch, I regret to say, I had not seen before, or at least, have no recollection at all; of ever seeing it.

However it still made me laugh when I watched it. And the "Homophobic Cigarette Sketch" that followed was yes, offensive by today's standards, but hey, this was the 1960's and 70's?

Attitudes were very different back then.

But from a nostalgic point of view, it was enjoyable telly.

It reminded me of great shows like Morecambe & Wise and The Two Ronnies, with their Christmas Specials, to say nothing of their regular shows that pulled the viewers in by their millions.

Those days, like most of the Cook & Moore sketches,
are gone for good. Maybe.

The comments from Ronnie Wood (Rolling Stones), Josie Lawrence (Who's Line Is It Anyway) Dick Clement (Porridge) and Ian La Frenias (Lovejoy) were appreciated but I must admit . . .

I would have preferred to have seen more sketches.

Having said that; what I did see made me laugh and made me perhaps a little sad, that such genius and talent, is no longer with us. Happily though, the archive that we have, has swelled, if only by a little. But all that can still change, with time.

And considering the few laughs that 2016 brought us . . .

A little, right now; is worth a lot.
Have a great New Year!

Thanks for reading.

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