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How Jonathan Miller, the Amazing ‘Anglepoise Lamp,’ Helped Take a Wrecking Ball to British Pomposity

Four young men met in a café in London in January 1960. They would change the tone and style of British comedy forever. 

Two of them, Peter Cook and Jonathan Miller, who has died at the age of 85, already knew each other. The others were Alan Bennett and Dudley Moore.

They were brought together by a producer who proposed that they perform in a revue named Beyond The Fringe at the Edinburgh Festival that summer.