Articles Tagged 'Peter Cook'

Felicity Jones and Rosamund Pike (Pics: Jon Kopaloff and Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Forget Harvard: Which of Your Favorite Stars Are Oxford Grads?

When it comes to prestige, the British education system works on a fairly simple hierarchy. There’s no Ivy League, no jostling for position. There is Oxford University and its many colleges, and there is Cambridge University and its many colleges, and then there is everywhere else. That’s not to say Manchester or Durham or Edinburgh […]

John Oliver and John Stewart

A History: Are Brits Better at Satire?

No. Actually, it would perhaps be more fitting if I said YES, yes they are, and then go on to claim that the Brits are better at anything that involves saying things you don’t literally mean. I could then claim that this is why they’re so good at acting, and why they’re always telling everyone […]

Five Great British Comedy Double Acts

Comedy suits company. For all that Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton were solo geniuses at their craft when nobody could hear them talk, it was the magical relationship between Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy which superseded them once the talkies arrived. And it’s easy to see why. In a double act you can shoot the […]

Russell Brand’s ‘Arthur’ Leaves You Wanting Moore

There’s a new Arthur on screen and the sole advantage he has over his earlier, equally tipsy namesake is height. Yes, sorry to say, but watching a miscast Russell Brand strain to be funny in a sluggish remake of Arthur, the classic comedy about a frequently inebriated millionaire (opening Friday), only serves to underscore how […]