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Peter Cook

Perry Pontac: A man of infinite jest

Not many of us have heard of playwright Perry Pontac. More's the pity, says Alan Bennett – his Shakespeare spoofs, now in print, are perfect parodies

BFI Flipside celebrates forgotten British film

Fancy watching a film about groovy London beatniks eating a tin of cat food? Or one that has Peter Cook playing a policeman who travels around an absurd post-apocalyptic landscape by hot air balloon?

David Mitchell: 'I wanted to be a wizard. Then I wanted to be prime

And neither is Mark [Mitchell's character in Channel 4's Peep Show]. But I'm shy about revealing which other elements from his character are actually mine, as he's such a terrible, selfish loser. I console myself with the thought that at least I've always known what I wanted to do – Mark has no such clarity.

Not only a comic genius ...

... but also the founder of a Soho venue where subversive humour flourished in the 1960s. And yesterday a plaque was finally unveiled in honour of Peter Cook and the Establishment Club. Andy McSmith reports

Christie Brinkley settles divorce case

Christie Brinkley's lurid divorce trial came to an abrupt end Thursday when lawyers for the supermodel and her fourth husband reached an out-of-court settlement that gives her custody of their two children.