Peter Cook was an exceptional talent - verbally witty, surreally inventive and a true original. The father of modern satire and alternative comedy, he was voted the top comedian of all time in the Channel 4 show The Comedian's Comedian. In this selection of clips from the BBC archive, Michael Palin trawls Peter Cook's back catalogue for his funniest and silliest moments, including much rare material that has never been previously broadcast. Covering the first part of Peter Cook's 36-year career, it features all the best interviews, monologues and sketches, including extracts from Beyond the Fringe and monologues from the immortal E. L. Wisty.
A special live edition of the Penguin Podcast with comedian, actor, and writer Michael Palin is hosted by David Baddiel.
In 1848, HMS Erebus disappeared in the Arctic, its fate a mystery. In 2014, it was found. Michael Palin brings the remarkable ship back to life, following its epic voyages of discovery to ultimate catastrophe. He talks to Anna James.