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Here are two interviews, conducted by Mavis Nicholson, with Peter Cook and Dudley Moore for LWT.
The first is from 1973 and was part of a Good Afternoon Special, entitled, Is It Fun Being Funny?
Those interviewed were Peter Cook & Dudley Moore, Morecambe & Wise and Kenneth Williams. This is the Cook & Moore bit.
Peter Cook appears relaxed and confident, whereas Dudley Moore's body language indicates a tension about discussing their relationship. He seems throughout to be restraining himself from letting rip.
I believe I originally sourced this from UK Nova sometime ago so many thanks to whoever that was.
The second interview occurs 16 years later in 1989. The atmosphere could not be more different. The two are both relaxed and enjoying each others company. Their responses are much less guarded. the interview cuts back to the original, in order to examine how time has modified their perception of each other.
Apart from the obviously fascinating subject matter, these interviews are as much a testament to the skill of Mavis Nicholson as a broadcaster. She somehow managed to get the great and the good to appear on daytime television and be asked to bare their souls. Her questioning is always perceptive and intelligent, extracting responses that inane interviewers never do. Her demeanor is always one of someone with a genuine interest in those she is interviewing, never judgemental, merely seeking illumination.
Interview 1. AVI. 19 mins. 1973.
Interview 2. AVI. 24 Mins. 1989.
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