- Not Only... But Also
Not Only... But Also Genre Comedy Written by Peter Cook
Starring Peter Cook
Country of origin United Kingdom Language(s) English No. of seasons 3 No. of episodes 24 Production Executive producer(s) Dick Clement
Running time 45 minutes (series 1 & 3), 30 minutes (series 2 & Australian specials), 47 minutes (1966 Christmas Special) Broadcast Original channel BBC Original run 29 November 1964– 24 December 1970
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.
Three series were made: January to April 1965 (prod/dir Joe McGrath), January to February 1966 (prod/dir Dick Clement) and February to May 1970 (prod/dir Jimmy Gilbert). John Street produced the (surviving) 1966 Boxing Day Special - despite initial tension with Cook, the results were excellent.
After the first series, episodes usually began with a sketch based primarily around revealing the words "NOT ONLY... BUT ALSO..." in huge letters placed in obscure places (for example, the aircraft carrier Ark Royal). Among the most famous items on the show were the "Dagenham Dialogues" between Pete and Dud, which were rambling, surreal conversations often running for five or even ten minutes, "The Leaping Nuns of the Order of St Beryl", "Superthunderstingcar" (a parody of Thunderbirds and other Sylvia and Gerry Anderson puppet shows), Moore's interviews with Sir Arthur Streeb-Greebling, and the "rhythmic voodoo" R&B singer Bo Dudley - though the fame of these almost certainly owes much to the fact they still exist in vision, unlike much of the series.
Contrary to popular myth, the Cook perennial "One Leg Too Few", a classic sketch about a one-legged actor applying for the role of Tarzan, which had been written by Cook years before and used in Beyond the Fringe, never appeared in Not Only... But Also, although it did feature in one of the Australian shows in 1971. The show always ended with a rendition of their "Goodbyee" song, once memorably with Peter Sellers accompanying on timpani.
The series — in particular the "Pete and Dud" segments — was famous for being presented in a largely unedited form, which allowed Cook the chance to adlib and both, but most famously Moore, the chance to "corpse" or begin to genuinely giggle. Cook made a habit of trying to crack Moore up in the middle of their dialogues, occasionally forcing himself to corpse in the process.
Between the second and third series, a series was made by the pair for ATV called Goodbye Again (director Shaun Riordan), which was similar, though it lasted an hour and was edited more heavily. Unlike Not Only But Also, at least, all the tapes survive.
The BBC wiped many editions of Not Only...But Also from its archives in the late 1960s and early 1970s, as it did with many other programmes, including the second series of Dad's Army and Spike Milligan's Q5. Cook and Moore had even allegedly offered to pay for the cost of preservation and buy new videotapes so that the old tapes would not need to be reused, but this offer was rejected. Some telerecordings of the black and white episodes survive, but all of the videotaped footage from the colour series was wiped, so that the only surviving colour sketches are on 16mm film inserts.
A 1971 visit to Australia saw Cook and Moore record two half hour Not Only... But Also specials for Australian television. Though they've come since to be viewed as "Best Ofs" (featuring new versions of "One Leg Too Few", "Shirt Shop", "Colonel Bogey" and possibly "Pseudolene/Job Offer" (see episode guide)), at least half of the material was new. These two also survive intact.
A number of surviving sequences were compiled into The Best Not Only...But Also, screened by BBC2 on 24 December 1974. Cook and Moore persuaded the BBC to piece together six half-hour compilation shows, screened on BBC2 from 4 November to 9 December 1990 as The Best of What's Left of Not Only...But Also and released in 100 minute compilation form under the same title on VHS. In 2003 a 98-minute Region 2 DVD compilation of surviving sketches was released as The Best of Peter Cook & Dudley Moore; this is the same as the previous video tape but missing the third series opening sequence "Tower Bridge".
A Region 1 DVD of The Best of... What's Left of... Not Only... But Also... was released by BBC Worldwide on 9 September 2008, featuring all six compilation episodes. This still leaves over half the extant material unreleased in any form.
Series 1-3 (italics denotes surviving material; an * marks a sketch's soundtrack survives on officially released record album)
First Series (1965) B&W (Five episodes extant, two missing)
Pilot: Rec. 29/11/64 (John Lennon, Norman Rossington) Initials/Painting on Television/The Ravens/Good Dog Nigel/Pete and Dud – A Spot of the Usual Trouble (AKA Film Stars)/Deaf Ted, Danoota and Me Music: Diahann Carroll (Humdrum Blues, Brown Baby, Blues In The Night), Dudley Moore Trio (Swingles Theme, Grwmst, Just in Time)
Show 1: TX 9/1/65 (John Lennon, Norman Rossington) Car Wash Opening/Initials/The Ravens/Good Dog Nigel/Deaf Ted, Danoota and Me
Music: Diahann Carroll (Humdrum Blues, Brown Baby, Blues In The Night), Dudley Moore Trio (Swingles Theme, Grwmst, Just in Time)
Show 2: TX 23/1/65 (Barry Humphries, Roddy Maude-Roxbury) One-Man Band Opening/Silent Film extract/Tarquin Mordente – Silent Film Producer/Painting on Television/Roddy Maude-Roxbury monologue/Guide to the North Circular/Pete and Dud – A Spot of the Usual Trouble/Striptease
Music: Goldie & The Gingerbreads (Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat), Dudley Moore Trio (I Won’t Dance), Dudley and Orchestra (Got a Lot of Livin’ to Do)
Music: June Christy (You Came a Long Way from St Louis, Just in Time, Remind Me, My Shining Hour)
Show 4: TX 20/2/65 (Barry Humphries, Anna Quayle) Gypsy Violinist Opening/Tramponuns/Tramponuns Film/Anna Quayle Monologue/Prospective Son-In-Law/Incidents in the Life of My Uncle Arly/Pete and Dud – Art Gallery
Music: Marion Montgomery (The Exciting Mr Fitch, Wasn’t the Summer Short?, Close Your Eyes), Dudley Moore Trio (Indiana)
Show 5: TX 6/3/65 (Mel Torme) London Bus Opening (exists as silent film sequence)/Pete and Dud – On the Bus/Canvassing Dracula (exists as silent film sequence)/Job Offer (possibly remade as “Pseudolene” for the second Australian NOBA in 1971)/Privates Cigarettes Advertising (exists as silent film sequence)/Betting Agent
Music: Mel Torme (Limehouse Blues, My One and Only Highland Fling/Dat Dere Daddy)
Show 6: TX 20/3/65 (Peter Sellers) Doomed Pilots Opening/Boxer-Cum-Painter/Pete and Dud – Superstitions/The Gourmets
Music: T-Bone Walker (Hey Baby, Goodbye Baby), Dudley Moore Trio (I Love You Samantha)
Music: Blossom Dearie (I Wish You Love), Dudley Moore Trio (Baubles Bangles & Beads)
Second Series (1966) B&W (Three episodes extant, five missing)
Music: Cilla Black (Let There Be Love)
Show 2: TX 22/01/1966 (Alan Freeman) Scottish (“Curse of the McLooneys”) Opening/Pete And Dud – Diseases/The Most Boring Man In The World Competition/Interview with the Most Boring Man in the World/Six Of The Best*
Music: Dakota Stanton (High On A Windy Valley, Morning Glory)
Show 3: TX 29/01/1966 Court Jester Opening/Italian Restaurant/Ol' Man River (originally shot for 1.5, later remade for London run of Behind the Fridge. That version was included in the 1990 repeat series)/Blue Movie/Pete and Dud – Music
Music: Blossom Dearie (You Turn Me On Baby), Dudley Moore Trio (Softly As In The Morning Rise)
Show 4: TX 05/02/1966 Pete and Dud At The Seaside Opening/The Frog And Peach*/Commercials/Slapstick Comedy
Music: Emil Lancey (If I Were A Bell, Rainy Day), Cook and Moore (Isn't She A Sweetie)
Show 5: TX 12/06/1966 Monk Opening/The Psychiatrist*/The Epic That Never Was/Father And Son*
Music: Dionne Warwick (Walk On By, Unchained Melody)
Show 6: TX 19/06/1966 Student Prince (Drinking Song) Opening/The Music Teacher*/The Walrus and the Carpenter/Pete And Dud – Sex*
Music: Dudley Moore Trio (Summertime), Dusty Springfield (Wives And Lovers)
Show 7: TX 26/06/1966 Caveman Opening/Bo Dudley/Superthunderstingcar/Pete and Dud – In Heaven
Music: Marion Montgomery
Christmas Special: TX 26/12/1966 (John Lennon) Fox Hunt Opening/Fairy Cobbler/Pete and Dud – The Unexplained/Swinging London (Lionel Bloab – Destructive Artist, Rev. Gavin Thistle, Penny Ryder, Simon Accrington, “L.S. Bumblebee”, The Ad Lav Club)
Music: Marion Montgomery (“I’ll be Tired of You”, “I’m Old Fashioned”), Dudley Moore Trio
Series Three (1970) Colour (All episodes missing; most film sequences survive)
Show 1: TX 18/2/70 Tower Bridge Opening/Pete and Dud – The Wardrobe (Dud Dreams)*/Piano Tuner/Bargo/Poets Cornered with Spike Milligan
Show 2: TX 4/3/70 Lavatory Humour Opening/Scriptwriter/The Glidd of Glood/Pete and Dud – 0-0-Dud*/Poets Cornered with Willie Rushton
Music: Nanette, Dudley Moore Trio, Joe Cocker & The Grease Band
Show 3: TX 18/3/70 Railway Station Opening/Sir Arthur’s World of Worms/Pete and Dud – Racial Prejudice/In the Club*/Poets Cornered with Barry Humphries
Music: Nanette; Dudley Moore Trio; Michael Chapman
Show 4: TX 1/4/70 Not Only… But Psycho Opening/Pete and Dud – The Futility of Life/Permission to Marry/Good vs. Evil Cricket Match/Poets Cornered with Frank Muir
Music: Nanette; Dudley Moore Trio; Alan Price
Show 5: TX 15/4/70 Flowers Opening/Sir Arthur on Flowers/Geriatric Medicine (Undercover Doctor)/Pete and Dud – Heaving Thighs Across Manhattan/Ludwig! (film sections survive – two lengthy studio-based “chat show” sections missing. There is also a fake ad, still extant, which has not been released or repeated)/Poets Cornered with Ronnie Barker
Music: Nanette; Dudley Moore Trio (“Lillian Lust”); Yes
Show 6: TX 29/4/70 Newspaper Opening/Lengths*/The Conman/Pete and Dud – As Nature Intended/Poets Cornered with Denis Norden
Music: Nanette; Dudley Moore Trio; Arrival
Show 7: TX 13/5/70 Birmingham-Mandalay Cycle Race/The Lunch Party/Pete and Dud – Self-Improvement/The Making of a Movie/Poets Cornered with Alan Bennett
Music: Nanette; Dudley Moore Trio; John Williams
(compiled by William Muirhead with reference to Publish and Bedazzled (Peter Cook fanzine); Postings on The Mausoleum Club; Missing Episodes.com and other sources. Sketch order for 1.5 and 1.7 conjecture as episodes no longer exist and scripts have also been destroyed by the BBC. Confirmed off-air audio recordings exist for episodes 2-5 of series two and episodes 1 & 3 of series three - and rumours persist of an audio tape of 1.7 with Eric Sykes, but they don't seem to have gained wide circulation.)
Content not listed above
The 5th episode on the "Best Of... What's Left Of..." DVD release contains the Trio performing "My Blue Heaven". What episode this is from originally is unclear. As it is followed by the "Fairy Cobbler" sketch from the 1966 Christmas Special, one may speculate that it's from that episode, but there's no reason to expect this is correct.
- ^ "BBC Comedy page on "Not Only But Also"". http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/notonlybutalso/index.shtml.
- ^ "Dud & Pete : The Dagenham Dialogues", Methuen, 1972 ISBN 0416671705
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