The Undiscovered Peter Cook

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The Undiscovered Peter Cook


When Peter Cook died in 1995, his wife Lin pulled down the shutters in their Hampstead home, locked the door and refused all media requests for access to her husband’s archive.

But she eventually relented and let her friend Victor Lewis-Smith and a camera crew inside. Here, Lewis-Smith reveals just some of the treasure trove of ephemera he found in Cook’s huge, chaotic study.

It’s a mad jumble – everything from a home-made tape of Cook singing along to his favourite song, Peggy Sue, to extemporised Derek and Clive recordings, made with long-time collaborator and friend Dudley Moore.


Documentary about the life and work of the satirist Peter Cook, with unprecedented access to some of his private recordings, diaries, letters and photographs.

Cast & Crew

Performer Peter Cook
Performer Dudley Moore
Contributor Lin Cook
Executive Producer Victor Lewis-Smith
Executive Producer Caroline Wright
Producer Catherine Royle
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