To this day Peter Cook is still considered one of the greatest comedians to have ever lived. A key part of the 1960s satire boom, financial backer for Private Eye magazine, and famed for his partnership with Dudley Moore on TV in Not Only… But Also and on record in the foul-mouth Derek & Clive, Cook was even named “The Comedians’ Comedian” to find the comic most admired by other comedians.
However, much of his private life has been off-limits. After he died in 1995 his widow Lin allowed no media access to his papers. Now Lin has allowed for the first time the doors to be opened, with a documentary by journalist and Private Eye writer Victor Lewis-Smith presenting this new look at Cook.
The Undiscovered Peter Cook is on BBC Four at 22.00.