• Before making a single edit, Tropedia EXPECTS our site policy and manual of style to be followed. Failure to do so may result in deletion of contributions and blocks of users who refuse to learn to do so. Our policies can be reviewed here.
  • All images MUST now have proper attribution, those who neglect to assign at least the "fair use" licensing to an image may have it deleted. All new pages should use the preloadable templates feature on the edit page to add the appropriate basic page markup. Pages that don't do this will be subject to deletion, with or without explanation.
  • All new trope pages will be made with the "Trope Workshop" found on the "Troper Tools" menu and worked on until they have at least three examples. The Trope workshop specific templates can then be removed and it will be regarded as a regular trope page after being moved to the Main namespace. THIS SHOULD BE WORKING NOW, REPORT ANY ISSUES TO Janna2000, SelfCloak or RRabbit42. DON'T MAKE PAGES MANUALLY UNLESS A TEMPLATE IS BROKEN, AND REPORT IT THAT IS THE CASE. PAGES WILL BE DELETED OTHERWISE IF THEY ARE MISSING BASIC MARKUP.


Farm-Fresh balance.pngYMMVTransmit blue.pngRadarWikEd fancyquotes.pngQuotes • (Emoticon happy.pngFunnyHeart.pngHeartwarmingSilk award star gold 3.pngAwesome) • Refridgerator.pngFridgeGroup.pngCharactersScript edit.pngFanfic RecsSkull0.pngNightmare FuelRsz 1rsz 2rsz 1shout-out icon.pngShout OutMagnifier.pngPlotGota icono.pngTear JerkerBug-silk.pngHeadscratchersHelp.pngTriviaWMGFilmRoll-small.pngRecapRainbow.pngHo YayPhoto link.pngImage LinksNyan-Cat-Original.pngMemesHaiku-wide-icon.pngHaikuLaconicLibrary science symbol .svg SourceSetting

Not Only but Also is a Sketch Show written by and starring Peter Cook and Dudley Moore which ran throughout the 1960s.

It had its origins in a solo vehicle for Dudley Moore to be called 'Not Only Dudley Moore But Also his guests'. Among the guests for the pilot was Peter Cook, Dudley Moore's old colleague from Beyond the Fringe whose contribution was a duologue with two characters called Pete & Dud discussing imaginary romantic encounters with film stars. The sketch was judged so funny that a full series was proposed with Peter Cook to be in every one (In the event, three full series were made). The most fondly remembered parts of the shows were the 'Dagenham Dialogues' - which featured two characters called 'Pete and Dud' dressed in cloth caps and discussing in minute (and largely innacurate detail) such subjects as art, sex and animals. Other fondly sketches include The Leaping Nuns, Bo Dudley and the Gerry Anderson parody Superthunderstingcar, most of the sketches would make it onto any British Viewers' personal list of Crowning Moment of Funny.

Sadly, much of the series was lost when the BBC wiped the tapes, though Cook and Moore went through a lot of effort to attempt to keep them from being so, even offering to buy the BBC new tapes to replace the old ones. The offer was inexplicably refused.

This show contains examples of:

  • The Cast Showoff - Most of the episodes featured Dudley Moore playing a straight jazz piece with his trio.
  • Corpsing: Pete was expert at making Dud crack up mid-act.

 Pete: (as Dudley uses a sandwich to hide his mouth) You enjoying that sandwich, there, are you?

  • Couch Gag - Each episode started with an elaborately filmed sketch, following which the cameras would pull back to reveal the show title written in an unlikely place (the side of a hill, an aircraft carrier etc.).
  • Do-It-Yourself Theme Tune - The end song 'Goodbyee' composed by Dudley Moore with largely improvised lyrics from Cook and Moore.
  • The Garfunkel: Interestingly both Cook and Moore were considered The Garfunkel at various points; as the show was originally a vehicle for Dudley Moore, many of the earlier reviews concentrated on him. As Peter's greater creative role became apparent; some people considered that Dudley Moore was the irrelevant one. In fact, this trope was totally averted; while Peter Cook did the lions share of the writing, Dudley's greater acting skills and rapport with the audience was totally necessary for the partnership to work.
  • Intercourse with You - Played for laughs with the 'Bo Dudley' Sketch. Dudley Moore is singing a raunchy R&B number called 'Mama's Got A Brand New Bag' but is seemingly aware that most of the lyrics ("We're going to groove all night long", "you Turn Me On") are sexual euphemisms and instead tells Peter that it's a song about a woman making indentations in a plastic bag.
  • In the Style Of - The 'Ludwig Van Beethoven Show' featured Dudley, as Beethoven, playing Tom Jones songs in a suitably classical style.
  • Overly Long Gag - The Alan A'Dale Sketch
  • The Talk - Played for laughs as neither the son nor the father appear to know about the facts of life. Leads to an Unusual Euphemism 'Your mother is upstairs at the moment coping with Uncle Bertie.'
  • Throw It In - Common from Peter Cook, a skilled improviser, especially during the Dagenham Dialogues where he would do his best to get Dudley to crack up with ad libs.