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Peter Cook & Chris Morris

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Why Bother? was a series of five 10-minute long radio interviews for BBC Radio 3, between Chris Morris and Peter Cook’s character Sir Arthur Streeb-Greebling in 1994. The complete series has been released on a CD by the BBC. Cook received the sole writing credit whilst Morris also produced the series.

Morris played a variation on the abrasive interviewer character he had perfected on The Day Today, cleverly prompting Cook into some of his best work. The short pieces provide further insights into the Streeb-Greebling character that Cook had created for Not Only. … But Also in 1965. Topics of conversation include Streeb-Greebling’s work with eels, his role in the racial violence following the Rodney King trial, his military career and his habit of strangling his business partners. The listener learns that Streeb-Greebling was put in prison by his father at the age of four and hears of his next project: cloning from the fossilised remains of the infant Christ with the assistance of BMW, Honda and Sony.

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