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the undiscovered peter cookThe Undiscovered Peter Cook
16th November 2016. Radio 4 10pm

Following the death of Britain’s greatest satirist in 1995, Peter Cook’s widow Lin locked the door of his Hampstead house, and refused all access to the media. Until this year, when she invited her friend Victor Lewis-Smith and a BBC crew inside, to make a documentary about the man she knew and loved, with unprecedented access to Peter’s private recordings, diaries, letters, photographs, and much more.

The result is a fascinating and unique hour of television, that includes Peter performing hitherto unknown comedy sketches, rediscovered interviews, and long-lost footage of Peter performing with his comedy partner Dudley Moore, as well as with Peter Sellers and David Attenborough. There are multiple extracts from Peter’s home videos, as well as Lin’s first televised interview. A major find is The Dead Sea Tapes , an LP recorded by Peter and Dudley in 1963, but never released (due to concerns about blasphemy laws), and long thought lost. Also included are rediscovered classic sketches from Not Only But Also , reconstructed in the edit suite after mute film clips were retrieved from Australia, and reunited with the original audio tracks.

There is also unique footage from Peter’s memorial service, with contributions from Dudley, Barry Humphries, and David Frost. Fans of Peter’s work will be delighted by the rediscovered comedy gems (most of which have either never been broadcast, or have remained unseen since their initial transmission some fifty years ago), while Lin reveals the tender and loving private side of a man better known for his acerbic public persona.

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jane hall Sex Shops
3rd June to 20th July
Reading Room, Frith Street , Soho, London

Jane writes:

In 2010 I began a new series of paintings depicting the sex shops, strip clubs and lap dance clubs of Soho.

As with my seaside paintings, I was inspired by the colourful signage and the neon lights.

I also love the mystery and mood of these places and trying to capture the fear one feels about going inside and not knowing what waits behind the door…

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index logo Caught in the web: how free are we online?
Monday 10 June, 7pm
Kings Place, Kings Cross, London (Hall One)

The internet: free open space, wild wild west, or totalitarian state? However you view the web, in today’s world it is bringing both opportunities and threats for free expression.

Many of us use the internet everyday, and yet our rights as netizens remain largely undefined. And it’s not only states like Iran or China which are limiting internet freedom. Democratic governments also risk stepping in and over-regulating or censoring the net.

So what are the key issues, and how can we address them? Join our expert panel for some answers, featuring:

  • columnist David Aaronovitch (chair),
  • activist and blogger Cory Doctorow,
  • the Guardian’s James Ball,
  • international media lawyer Paul Tweed,
  • Yahoo!’s Director of Public Policy Patrick Robinson (tbc) and
  • Index CEO Kirsty Hughes
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great expectations erotic awards Great Sexpectations: The Erotic Awards: Semi Finals Showcase
Bush Hall, Shepherds Bush, London
22nd March 2013, 7:30pm

Juicy Productions presents this years Erotic Awards Semi Finals Showcase which will be held on March 22nd at the beautiful Bush Hall in Shepherds Bush.

A sumptuous, decadent backdrop for our infamous and tantalising cabaret. From a selection of Nominees, we have a wild and diverse programme in store that will amaze, captivate and delight you. Prepared to be entertained.

The legendary Mat Fraser is our host for the evening, with a panel of judges including the delectable Rubyyy Jones (who will also treat us to a performance), author and Love Doctor Sam Van Rood and thalidomide campaigner extraordinaire Mikey Argy.

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fans against criminalisation logoFans Against Criminalisation will be holding our first public demonstration against the Bill in Glasgow’s George Square on Saturday, 29th October at 12.30 (assemble 12 noon).

George Square is the historic seat of civic government in Glasgow and has been Scotland’s place of protest for a century or more. In 1919, the military were deployed to break a mass protest outside the City Chambers while mo…re recently it has been the rallying point for Poll Tax and anti-war protests.

It is now time for Celtic fans to unite and show Alex Salmond that, like the Poll Tax was for Thatcher, the unnecessary, unworkable and discriminatory Offensive Behaviour at Football Bill could be his downfall. Come along and support Fans Against Criminalisation and send Salmond and co. the message that we will not be criminalised.

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I Wish I Could See My Little Willy
Templeman Library, University of Kent, Canterbury
23rd September – 13th November 2011

I Wish I Could See My Little Willy: Margate’s 1950s campaign against saucy seaside postcards

This exhibition celebrates the completion of the JISC-funded Cartoon Archive Rapid Digitisation (CARD) project which has added 32,000 cartoons to the BCA’s online catalogue. The project included the Director of Public Prosecutions’ collection of seaside postcards seized as obscene by police in the 1950s, and this exhibition features those seized in Margate.

The exhibition is free, and runs until 13 November 2011.

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cine-excess 2011 logo Odeon Covent Garden
Thursday 26th May 2011, 6.30pm-7.30pm

Cine-Excess V is presenting a debate between film policy makers, academics and one of cinema’s most influential and controversial figures: Ruggero Deodato (Cannibal Holocaust, House on the Edge of the Park, Cut and Run).

In this special debate session, Ruggero Deodato discusses some of his most contentious titles with very the policy makers responsible for their legal classification, as well as the leading academics who have analysed their imagery and themes.

Features a keynote address by Professor Martin Barker (Aberystwyth University) on his recent BBFC funded audience study on House on the Edge of the Park. Other panellists include Craig Lapper (Senior BBFC Examiner) and Ruggero Deodato himself. Censorship on the Edge of the Park: Ruggero Deodato Meets the BBFC is chaired by Professor Julian Petley (Brunel University).

Censorship on the Edge of the Park: Ruggero Deodato Meets the BBFC is open to cinema goers over the age of 18, and tickets are priced at £12 each, (£7.50 concessions). Please Ring the Following Ticket Hotline for tickets: 0871 22 44 007

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fab fest 2010 logoFAB Fest 2010
Filmhouse, Edimburgh
Friday 30 April to Sunday 2 May

Fans of the fantastic world of weird and wonderful cinema can start making plans for the weekend of Friday 30 April to Sunday 2 May, when you will be served up a feast of movies that will entertain, enlighten, enthrall, and chill your bones to the core! FAB Fest will showcase many stunning UK premieres, loads of very special guests to meet and greet, plus giveaways and Q&As, all taking place over 3 days of non-stop movie excess.

  • KAIFECK MURDER – Supernatural chills in Bavaria!
  • THE END – Audacious, gripping and utterly original.
  • THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF LITTLE DIZZLE – Best director award winner, this dazzling new film is a genre-defying cult classic in the making.
  • 8TH WONDERLAND – Award-winning, ground-breaking fantasy epic. (PLUS GUESTS / Q&A)
  • LIFE IS HOT IN CRACKTOWN – The latest gut-wrenching urban horror from legendary New Yorker Buddy Giovinazzo, who will be the festival’s guest of honour and will also screen the director’s cut of his cult classic debut COMBAT SHOCK.
  • A DAY OF VIOLENCE – Unrelentingly brutal new British sensation. (PLUS GUESTS / Q&A)
  • RESURRECTING THE STREET WALKER – Superb British horror that heralds a major new talent. (PLUS GUESTS / Q&A)
  • NEIGHBOR – An astonishing modern Grand Guignol masterpiece. (PLUS GUESTS / Q&A)
  • REEL ZOMBIES – The most downright clever zombie movie of the last few years. (PLUS GUESTS / Q&A) PLUS five more films still to be confirmed…

FAB Fest is a three day festival running in Cinema One at Filmhouse in Edinburgh. FAB Fest passes are only £65 per person, and are on sale now from the Filmhouse box office: