Sensational entertainment news today as rare tapes of a hitherto unknown comedy double act have come to light at BBC TV Centre.
It seems that before he teamed up with little Dudley Moore, Peter Cook had been working with none other than Alec Guinness. Charlie Chuckler, who was a lighting technician at TV Centre back then, told us:
"Oh yeah it's true all right. I lit some of the test shows but it weren't working as Sir Alec wasn't prepared to descend to Pete's level; muck-wise.
I had an old pilot of them doing what turned out to be Derek and Clive before Dud joined and it went summink along the lines of"
Pete: "Here what was the facking worst job you ever 'ad?"
Alec: "I should say picking potatoes on a farm in Herefordshire. It was particularly arduous as I remember"
Well, when you compare that to the same sketch when Dud joined and the response was "Picking lobsters out of somebody's bum," you can see that it were chalk and cheese.
You see Alec just weren't funny. Pete was after some kind of pithy riposte and that just weren't Alec's style. He was old style and a gentleman to boot"
Hollywood Starlet, Jayne Mansfield, was not available for comment.
The Spoof understands that once vital restoration has been carried out on the film, then the BBC are hoping to release a double DVD in time for the Summer