Not Only But Always

Not Only But Always
Not Only But Always

DVD cover
Genre Drama
Directed by Terry Johnson
Written by Terry Johnson
Starring Rhys Ifans
Aidan McArdle
Jodie Rimmer
Camilla Power
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Language English
Original channel Channel 4
Release date 30 December 2004
Running time 100 min

Not Only But Always is a British TV movie, originally screened on the Channel 4 network in the UK on 30 December 2004. Written and directed by playwright Terry Johnson, the film tells the story of the working and personal relationship between the comedians Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, a hugely popular duo in the UK during the 1960s and '70s.

Focusing primarily on Cook, the film traces the pair from their first meeting through their career as part of the Beyond the Fringe review, their television series Not Only... But Also (from which the film takes its title) and various other projects before their later estrangement as Moore became a successful Hollywood film star and Cook remained in the UK. Although some events are fictionalised and condensed, and the film was criticised in some quarters for an unsympathetic portrayal of many of Cook's faults, it was generally well-received critically.

Cook was played by Rhys Ifans, with Aidan McArdle co-starring as Moore.


  • Not Only But Always was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Single Drama, with Rhys Ifans winning the Best Actor award for his portrayal of Peter Cook.

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