Peter Cook

Peter Cook

Born: November 17, 1937
Died: January 9, 1995
in Torquay, Devon, England, UK
Peter Edward Cook was an English satirist, writer and comedian. An extremely influential figure in modern British comedy, he is regarded as the leading light of the British satire boom of the 1960s. He has been described by Stephen Fry as "the funniest man who ever drew breath" although Cook's work was also controversial. Cook is closely associated with anti-establishment comedy that emerged in Britain and the USA in the late 1950s.

Movies for Peter Cook...

Peter Cook and Dudley Moore: The Missing Sketches
Title: Peter Cook and Dudley Moore: The Missing Sketches
Character: Himself (archive material)
Released: December 31, 2016
Type: Movie
This documentary showcases a number of new clips which have recently come to light from sketches which were thought to have been lost forever, some not seen for over 50 years, plus rare footage of routines performed in Australia when Cook and Moore made two episodes of their show, Not Only... But Also..., for the country back in 1971. Rob Brydon narrates this very special programme as Pete and Dud fans, friends and colleagues watch these newly discovered clips in the studio for the very first time. The programme includes contributions from Not Only... But Also... producer Dick Clement, Pete and Dud collaborator Barry Humphries, and long-time fans Richard Ayoade, Josie Lawrence, Will Sharpe and Ronnie Wood as they enjoy the sketches and reflect on the career of one of Britain's best-loved comedy partnerships.
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The Undiscovered Peter Cook
Title: The Undiscovered Peter Cook
Character: Himself (archive)
Released: November 16, 2016
Type: Movie
Documentary about Britain's greatest satirist Peter Cook, with unprecedented access to his private recordings, diaries, letters, photographs and much more. Following his death, Peter Cook's widow Lin locked the door of his house and refused all access to the media. Until this year, when she invited her friend Victor Lewis-Smith and a BBC crew inside to make a documentary about the man she knew and loved.
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Remember the Secret Policeman's Ball ?
Title: Remember the Secret Policeman's Ball ?
Character: Himself
Released: December 9, 2004
Type: Movie
The Secret Policeman benefit shows for Amnesty International brought together comedy grand masters - from Python and Beyond the Fringe - and performers then relatively unknown, like Rowan Atkinson. Narrated by Dawn French, the programme includes interviews with many of the comedians and musicians who took part: John Cleese, Stephen Fry, Michael Palin, Sting, Lenny Henry and many more. The shows and their stars had a huge effect on modern British comedy. There are few comics today whose careers have not been heavily influenced by the anarchic and surreal humour of these events.
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The Best of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore
Title: The Best of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore
Released: January 1, 2003
Type: Movie
In this tribute to the late greats Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, a frankly large collection of some of their best bits. 1965 saw Pete and Dud in a new show NOT ONLY BUT ALSO and their now classic act was an irresistible combination of scripted and seemingly improvised sketches, where corpsing and ad-libs were an integral part of their often bizarre entertainment. Highlights include: the cloth-capped 'Dagenham Dialogues,' 'Sir Arthur Greeb-Streebling,' '5-4-3-2-1...,' 'The Superthunderstingraycars,' 'the Leaping Nuns,' 'The Gliddof Glood,' 'Bo Dudley' and 'Goodbyee song'
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Peter Cook At a Slight Angle to the Universe
Title: Peter Cook At a Slight Angle to the Universe
Released: January 12, 2002
Type: Movie
TV documentary tracing the life of the comedian and satirist from his school days, through the Cambridge Footlights, to Beyond the Fringe and his partnership with Dudley Moore. With contributions from Cook's school friends Peter Rabey and Jonathan Harlow; Cook's first wife Wendy Cook; Cambridge University friends Tim Harrold and Roger Law; Adrian Slade (ex-president of Cambridge Footlights); Jonathan Miller; Sir David Frost; Ned Sherrin; John Bassett (creator, Beyond The Fringe); Willie Donaldson (producer, Beyond The Fringe); John Cleese; Eric Idle; Michael Parkinson; Brenda Vaccaro; John Fortune; Nicholas Luard (co-owner with Cook of The Establishment club); actress Gaye Brown; Christopher Booker; Ian Hislop; Victor Lownes and Michael Bawtree (friends of Cook); Joe McGrath; Dick Clement; Mel Smith; Clive Anderson; tv producer and executive Paul Jackson; Harry Enfield, radio presenter Clive Bull, and archival interview footage of both Cook and Dudley Moore. (Synopsis BFI)
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Black Beauty
Title: Black Beauty
Character: Lord Wexmire
Released: July 29, 1994
Type: Movie
The fates of horses, and the people who own and command them, are revealed as Black Beauty narrates the circle of his life.
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Title: Room 101
Released: July 4, 1994
Type: TV
Fast-moving game show meets talk show, which sees Frank Skinner refereeing three celebrities each week as they compete to banish their top peeve or worst nightmare to the depths of Room 101.
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One Foot in the Algarve
Title: One Foot in the Algarve
Character: Martin Trout
Released: December 26, 1993
Type: Movie
The Meldrews go on holiday to Portugal with Mrs Warboys, who is hoping for romance with her penpal Alfonso. Photographer Martin Trout follows them there, believing they have a roll of film that belongs to him.
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Title: Gone to Seed
Character: Wesley Willis
Released: November 13, 1992
Type: TV
The Plant family has run a garden centre in Rotherhithe since Dickens’ time, surviving both war and redevelopment. But now, family rivalry threatens to poison their unlikely paradise when matriarch Mag refuses to hand over control to her triplet children. Frumpy Hilda has only one passion in life: Milwall FC. Country and Western singer Monty dreams of turning the run-down nursery into a floral oasis in the heart of Docklands, whilst his one-eyed jobless builder and part-time wrestler Winston doesn’t know a begonia from a buttercup! A local conman, Wesley Willis, lurks in the shadows and knows the true-worth of prime-location London real-estate.
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Roger Mellie: The Man on the Telly
Title: Roger Mellie: The Man on the Telly
Character: Roger Mellie
Released: December 30, 1991
Type: Movie
Foul-mouthed, alcoholic, misogynistic, bigoted (and occasionally violent) cocaine enthusiast Roger Mellie takes on various tasks to get a new TV show.
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Title: A Life In Pieces
Character: Sir Arthur Streeb-Greebling
Released: December 26, 1990
Type: TV
Sir Arthur Streeb-Greebling chooses his 12 Christmas gifts in conversation with Ludovic Kennedy.
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A Life in Pieces
Title: A Life in Pieces
Character: Arthur Streeb-Greebling
Released: December 12, 1990
Type: Movie
Sir Arthur Streeb-Greebling shares his opinions on the Twelve Days of Christmas, in discussion with Ludovic Kennedy.
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Title: The Best of... What's Left of... Not Only... But Also
Released: November 4, 1990
Type: TV
Pete and Dud reunite after 20 years apart to introduce a six part trip to memory lane. Of all the material from their 1965-1970 television shows which had not been wiped by the British Broadcasting Corporation, the two of them selected their favourite sketches and routines to be broadcast once more for the benefit of an entirely new generation.
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Title: Have I Got News for You
Character: Himself
Released: September 28, 1990
Type: TV
Hilarious, totally-irreverent, near-slanderous political quiz show, based mainly on news stories from the last week or so, that leaves no party, personality or action unscathed in pursuit of laughs.
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Great Balls of Fire!
Title: Great Balls of Fire!
Character: First English Reporter
Released: June 30, 1989
Type: Movie
The story of Jerry Lee Lewis, arguably the greatest and certainly one of the wildest musicians of the 1950s. His arrogance, remarkable talent, and unconventional lifestyle often brought him into conflict with others in the industry, and even earned him the scorn and condemnation of the public.
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Getting It Right
Title: Getting It Right
Character: Mr Adrian
Released: May 5, 1989
Type: Movie
Gavin is 31 years old and still lives with his parents. He is awfully shy but before he knows it there are three women interested in him. Lady Minerva Munday has a casual way of life and lives in a basement, Joan is an over-sexed millionairess, married to a Greek architect. But Gavin prefers the ugly assistant in the barbershop. Written by Mattias Thuresson
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Title: Saturday Night Clive
Released: January 21, 1989
Type: TV
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The Secret Policeman’s Biggest Ball
Title: The Secret Policeman’s Biggest Ball
Character: Himself
Released: January 1, 1989
Type: Movie
After the criticisms of the 1987 show’s disproportionate focus on music - and the financial disaster of its music-only Festival Of Youth weekend concert in 1988, Amnesty returned to the original formula that had been so successful in the 1976-1981 era with a primary focus on comedy. Pat Duffy was dropped from organising any further benefit events for Amnesty and for the 1989 show, Amnesty hired producer Judith Holder.
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Title: Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Character: Himself
Released: September 23, 1988
Type: TV
An un-scripted comedy show in which four guest performers improvise their way through a series of games, many of which rely on audience suggestions.
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Without a Clue
Title: Without a Clue
Character: Greenhough
Released: May 5, 1988
Type: Movie
Sherlock Holmes is as dashing as ever, but with a little secret: Dr. Watson is the brains behind the operation. When Reginald Kincaid, the actor he has hired to play Holmes becomes insufferable, Watson fires him and tries to go out on his own, but finds that he has done too good a job building Holmes up in the public's mind.
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Mr Jolly Lives Next Door
Title: Mr Jolly Lives Next Door
Character: Mr Jolly
Released: March 5, 1988
Type: Movie
A couple of bored escorts find themselves suddenly involved with a hit-gang and an ax-murderer - Mr. Jolly. Gratuitous violence, rivers of blood and maximum hilarity, all rolled into one.
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Jake's Journey
Title: Jake's Journey
Character: King Arthur
Released: January 1, 1988
Type: Movie
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The Princess Bride
Title: The Princess Bride
Character: The Impressive Clergyman
Released: September 25, 1987
Type: Movie
In this enchantingly cracked fairy tale, the beautiful Princess Buttercup and the dashing Westley must overcome staggering odds to find happiness amid six-fingered swordsmen, murderous princes, Sicilians and rodents of unusual size. But even death can't stop these true lovebirds from triumphing.
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Whoops Apocalypse
Title: Whoops Apocalypse
Character: Sir Mortimer Chris (Prime Minister)
Released: May 6, 1986
Type: Movie
When a small British owned island in the Caribbean is invaded and the world's most dangerous terrorist kidnaps a member of the Royal family, the countdown to World War 3 begins. If anyone can prevent the oncoming apocalypse it's the American President, but her closest ally the British Prime Minister appears to have gone stark raving mad.
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Diplomatix
Title: Diplomatix
Character: Narrator
Released: April 13, 1985
Type: Movie
Hilarious Norwegian Comedy Gold Medalist from Montreux, Switzerland
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Supergirl
Title: Supergirl
Character: Nigel
Released: July 1, 1984
Type: Movie
After losing a powerful orb, Kara, Superman's cousin, comes to Earth to retrieve it and instead finds herself up against a wicked witch.
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Supergirl: The Making of the Movie
Title: Supergirl: The Making of the Movie
Character: Himself / Nigel
Released: January 1, 1984
Type: Movie
A documentary filmed during production of the film "Supergirl" showing the world how and who made it. This interesting featurette includes interviews with the cast and crew along with footage from the film and excerpts from the musical score.
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Yellowbeard
Title: Yellowbeard
Character: Lord Percy Lambourn
Released: June 24, 1983
Type: Movie
For years Yellowbeard had looted the Spanish Main, making men eat their lips and swallow their hearts. Caught and convicted for tax evasion, he's sentenced to 20 years in St. Victim's Prison for the Extremely Naughty. In a scheme to confiscate his fabulous treasure, the Royal Navy allows him to escape and follows him, where saucy tarts, lisping demigods and some awful puns and punishments await.
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Title: Blackadder
Character: Richard III
Released: June 15, 1983
Type: TV
Through four series and a few specials, Edmund Blackadder and his greasy sidekick Baldrick conjure up cunning plans as Edmund tries to take advantage of desperate times. These situation tragedies had obvious parallels from the Dark Ages to Elizabethan times, the rule of mad George III, and The Great War.
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Group Madness
Title: Group Madness
Character: Himself
Released: June 11, 1983
Type: Movie
A behind-the-scenes documentary of the making of 1983's Yellowbeard
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Title: The Comic Strip Presents
Character: Mr. Jolly
Released: November 2, 1982
Type: TV
The Comic Strip is a group of British comedians, who came to prominence in the 1980s. They are known for their television series The Comic Strip Presents... which was labelled as an example of alternative comedy. The core members are Adrian Edmondson, Dawn French, Rik Mayall, Nigel Planer, Peter Richardson, Jennifer Saunders and Alexei Sayle with frequent appearances by Keith Allen, Robbie Coltrane and others.
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The Secret Policeman's Other Ball
Title: The Secret Policeman's Other Ball
Character: Himself - Various Roles
Released: September 23, 1982
Type: Movie
Following the success of the 1979 show and the financial benefits accruing to Amnesty from the spin-off movie, TV special and record albums – Cleese, Lewis and Walker planned the next show to be a more spectacular event. Cleese focused on broadening the comedic talent to be presented at the show. In addition to the Amnesty show stalwarts drawn from the Oxbridge/Monty Python/Beyond The Fringe orbit, he invited newcomers such as Rowan Atkinson’s colleagues from the BBC TV show Not the Nine O'Clock News including Pamela Stephenson and Griff Rhys Jones; comedian Victoria Wood and regional comic Jasper Carrott. Lewis secured a return appearance by Billy Connolly and a debut appearance by "alternative" comedian Alexei Sayle who Lewis had recently discovered and was managing. Building on the success of Pete Townshend's 1979 appearance Lewis recruited other rock musicians to perform at the 1981 show including Sting, Phil Collins, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Donovan and Bob Geldof.
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Electric Blue 007
Title: Electric Blue 007
Character: Himself
Released: January 1, 1982
Type: Movie
Introduced by Seka the Platinum Princess, EB007 is a "Bond Girl Spectacular." Featured among the usual crop of centerfold models are five Bond girls, including Ursula Andress and Lalla Dean, who made quite a splash as "uncredited girl in pool" in For Your Eyes Only (1981), in the buff. In addition, there's nudity from singer / actress Hazel O'Connor plus appearances from Peter Cook and Dudley Moore.
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Title: Two of Us
Released: April 6, 1981
Type: TV
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Title: The Two of Us
Released: April 6, 1981
Type: TV
The Two of Us is an American comedy series
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Peter Cook & Co.
Title: Peter Cook & Co.
Character: Various Characters
Released: November 14, 1980
Type: Movie
A TV Special consisting of various sketches with the titular comedian and fellow comics in guest appearances.
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The Secret Policeman's Ball
Title: The Secret Policeman's Ball
Character: Various Roles
Released: December 22, 1979
Type: Movie
Amnesty decided not to present a benefit show in 1978 in order to consider how to make better use of the performing talent so favourably disposed to assist it in raising funds. Peter Luff left Amnesty in 1978 and the organisation's new fund-raising officer, Peter Walker, was deputed to work with Lewis on reconfiguring the show to raise more money and greater awareness of Amnesty. Lewis proposed to Cleese that in addition to the comedy performances the show should feature some contemporary rock musicians. Cleese delegated this responsibility to Lewis who recruited Who guitarist Pete Townshend to perform, as well as New Wave singer-songwriter Tom Robinson.
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Derek and Clive Get the Horn
Title: Derek and Clive Get the Horn
Character: Clive
Released: October 1, 1979
Type: Movie
A documentary recording the making of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore's comedy album Derek and Clive Ad Nauseam.
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The Hound of the Baskervilles
Title: The Hound of the Baskervilles
Character: Sherlock Holmes
Released: July 21, 1978
Type: Movie
Director Paul Morrissey applies a hefty dose of humor to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic detective story in this interpretation of The Hound of the Baskervilles. Comedian Peter Cook takes on the role of brilliant detective Sherlock Holmes, who's not so gifted here as he relegates much of the investigation of demonic dogs to his bumbling sidekick, Watson (Dudley Moore), while he spends time with his mother and searches for an assistant.
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Title: An Audience with...
Character: Himself
Released: January 8, 1978
Type: TV
An Audience with... is a British entertainment television show produced by London Weekend Television, in which a host, usually a singer or comedian, performs for an invited audience of celebrity guests, interspersed with questions from the audience, in a light hearted revue/tribute style.
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The Mermaid Frolics
Title: The Mermaid Frolics
Character: E. L. Wisty
Released: September 10, 1977
Type: Movie
In May 1977 a second Amnesty benefit was held to build on the success of the first show and with the intent of developing momentum for a regularly-scheduled benefit show.
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Pleasure at Her Majesty's
Title: Pleasure at Her Majesty's
Character: Himself
Released: December 29, 1976
Type: Movie
The first of the Amnesty International comedy benefit galas. The title is a play on the phrase at Her Majesty's pleasure (the show was performed at Her Majesty's Theatre, London). This show came to be considered part of the Secret Policeman's Ball series of shows that it inspired, although it pre-dated the first show in the series by three years. The event was organized by a team of three: Monty Python member John Cleese, Amnesty's Assistant Director Peter Luff and Transatlantic Records executive Martin Lewis. It featured the cream of Britain's comedic talent of the era, setting a precedent that would inspire many subsequent Amnesty galas...
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Find the Lady
Title: Find the Lady
Character: Lewenhak
Released: November 11, 1976
Type: Movie
Two hoodlums, Trigger (Mickey Rooney) & Leo (Dick Emery) are hired by the unscrupulous J.K. (Peter Cook) to kidnap his niece Victoria (Alexandra Bastedo). The daughter of a wealthy businessman has been kidnapped, and the chief of police, under a lot of pressure to find her as soon as possible, assigns officers Kopek (John Candy) and Broom (Lawrence Dane) to track her down and bring her back safe and sound.
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Title: The Secret Policeman's Ball
Released: April 1, 1976
Type: TV
A series of benefit shows staged initially in the United Kingdom to raise funds for the human rights organisation Amnesty International. The shows started in 1976 featuring popular British comedians but later included leading musicians and actors. The Secret Policeman's Ball shows are credited by many prominent entertainers with having galvanised them to become involved with Amnesty and other social and political causes in succeeding years.
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Title: Saturday Night Live
Character: Self - Host
Released: October 11, 1975
Type: TV
A late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show created by Lorne Michaels. The show's comedy sketches, which parody contemporary culture and politics, are performed by a large and varying cast of repertory and newer cast members. Each episode is hosted by a celebrity guest, who usually delivers an opening monologue and performs in sketches with the cast, and features performances by a musical guest.
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The Adventures of Barry McKenzie
Title: The Adventures of Barry McKenzie
Character: Dominic
Released: January 1, 1972
Type: Movie
Barry McKenzie sets off for England with his aunt, Edna Everage, to advance his cultural education. Bazza is an innocent abroad, fond of beer, Bondi and beautiful sheilas, but he soon settles into the Australian ghetto in Earls Court, where his old mate Curly has a flat.
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Title: Where Do I Sit?
Released: February 19, 1971
Type: TV
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The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer
Title: The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer
Character: Michael Rimmer
Released: November 12, 1970
Type: Movie
Fresh-faced young Michael Rimmer worms his way into an opinion poll company and is soon running the place. He uses this as a springboard to get into politics and in the mini-skirted flared-trousered world of 1970 Britain starts to rise through the Tory ranks.
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The Bed Sitting Room
Title: The Bed Sitting Room
Character: Inspector
Released: June 1, 1969
Type: Movie
In the hazy aftermath of World War III, the fallout from a 'nuclear misunderstanding' is producing strange mutations amongst the survivors, and the noble Lord Fortnum finds himself transforming into a bed sitting room.
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Monte Carlo or Bust!
Title: Monte Carlo or Bust!
Character: Maj. Digby Dawlish
Released: April 28, 1969
Type: Movie
Sequel to "Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines". This time an international car rally from England to Monte Carlo provides the comedic farce.
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Title: The Dick Cavett Show
Character: Self - Guest
Released: June 6, 1968
Type: TV
The Dick Cavett Show has been the title of several talk shows hosted by Dick Cavett on various television networks.
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A Dandy in Aspic
Title: A Dandy in Aspic
Character: Prentiss
Released: April 2, 1968
Type: Movie
Double-agent Alexander Eberlin is assigned by the British to hunt out a Russian spy, known to them as Krasnevin. Only Eberlin knows that Krasnevin is none other than himself! Accompanying him on his mission is a ruthless partner, who gradually discovers his secret as Eberlin tries to maneuver himself out of a desperate situation.
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Bedazzled
Title: Bedazzled
Character: George Spiggot/The Devil
Released: October 30, 1967
Type: Movie
Stanley is infatuated with Margaret, the statuesque waitress who works with him. He meets George Spiggott AKA the devil and sells his soul for 7 wishes, which Stanley uses to try and make Margaret his own first as an intellectual, then as a rock star, then as a wealthy industrialist. As each fails, he becomes more aware of how empty his life had been and how much more he has to live for.
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Title: A Series Of Bird's
Released: October 3, 1967
Type: TV
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Alice in Wonderland
Title: Alice in Wonderland
Character: Mad Hatter
Released: December 26, 1966
Type: Movie
Alice in Wonderland (1966) is a BBC television play based on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. It was directed by Jonathan Miller, then most widely known for his appearance in the long-running satirical revue Beyond the Fringe.
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The Wrong Box
Title: The Wrong Box
Character: Morris Finsbury
Released: June 19, 1966
Type: Movie
In Victorian England, a fortune now depends on which of two brothers outlives the other—or can be made to have seemed to do so.
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Beyond the Fringe
Title: Beyond the Fringe
Character: Various Characters
Released: December 12, 1964
Type: Movie
A TV version of the stage show originally performed at the Edinburgh Fringe (August 1962) and in London (Fortune Theatre, May 1961) and Broadway (October 1962).
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Title: Not Only... But Also
Released: November 29, 1964
Type: TV
Not Only... But Also is a 1960s BBC comedy series starring Peter Cook and Dudley Moore.
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Title: Top of the Pops
Released: January 1, 1964
Type: TV
Top of the Pops, also known as TOTP, is a British music chart television programme, made by the BBC and originally broadcast weekly between 1 January 1964 and 30 July 2006. It was traditionally shown every Thursday evening on BBC1, before being moved to Fridays in 1996, and then to Sundays on BBC Two in 2005. Each weekly programme consisted of performances from some of that week's best-selling popular music artists, with a rundown of that week's singles chart. Additionally, there was a special edition of the programme on Christmas Day, featuring some of the best-selling singles of the year. Although the weekly show was cancelled, the Christmas special has continued. It also survives as Top of the Pops 2, which began in 1994 and features vintage performances from the Top of the Pops archives. In the 1990s, the show's format was sold to several foreign broadcasters in the form of a franchise package, and at one point various versions of the show were shown in nearly 100 countries. Editions of the programme from the 1970s are being repeated on most Thursdays on BBC Four.
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Ten Thousand Talents
Title: Ten Thousand Talents
Released: December 31, 1960
Type: Movie
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Title: Wanted: Dead or Alive
Released: September 6, 1958
Type: TV
Wanted: Dead or Alive is an American Western television series starring Steve McQueen as the bounty hunter Josh Randall. It aired on CBS for three seasons from 1958–61. The black-and-white program was a spin-off of a March 1958 episode of Trackdown, a 1957–59 western series starring Robert Culp. Both series were produced by Four Star Television in association with CBS Television. The series launched McQueen into becoming the first television star to cross over into comparable status on the big screen.