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Rare Pete & Dud to be aired

Rare Peter Cook and Dudley Moore sketches, unseen since they were first broadcast 36 years ago are to be aired on ITV1.

A New Year’s Day edition of The South Bank Show is to be dedicated to the ill-fated double act and will feature extracts from their little-seen show Goodbye Again.

The pair were lured to ITV to make the four-part series on the back of their success with the BBC’s Not Only… But Also.

Critics said that, despite the bigger budget, the shows failed to capture the magic of the original  programmes.

The show has never been broadcast since 1968; despite the scarcity of Pete and Dud material, as the BBC wiped most of their tapes.

The South Bank Show comes on the back of renewed interest in the pair. Channel 4 are screening a drama about their relationship, Not Only, But Always, over Christmas, Radio4 has just completed a series Peter Cook In His Own Words, and an anthology of their scripts, also called Goodbye Again was recently published. (Review)

Published: 22 Nov 2004

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