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Michael Palin looks back on ‘Monty Python’, ahead to ‘Brazil’ and all things in-between

KERA-TV in Dallas was the first PBS station in the United States to broadcast Monty Python’s Flying Circus back in October 1974. The subsequent March 1975 KERA/Dallas in-studio appearance was the Pythons’ first stop in the U.S. after the Los Angeles premiere of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Recently, Tellyspotting had the great good […]

10 October – The day the UK will be ‘Breathless’

Call the Midwife meets Downton Abbey? Ok, so Breathless, admittedly, is a period drama set in a hospital but that’s like describing Red Green as Monty Python meets This Old House. I guess it partly makes sense given there are a couple of Kevin Bacon connections between the newest addition to the ITV drama line-up […]

John Cleese’s Romance with a Double Bass

Nearly 40 years ago, in 1974, in the early post-Monty Python’s Flying Circus era, a charming little one-off special, Romance with a Double Bass was written by John Cleese, Connie Booth and Bill Owen. Unfortunately, it is light years apart from the previous Cleese/Booth collaboration of Fawlty Towers opting for a steady diet of physical […]

Friday Funny: An Oscar-worthy remix for Monty Python & the Holy Grail?

Given that there are times it seems like Oscar consideration can materialize overnight for a movie with nothing more than a good trailer, Monty Python & the Holy Grail might just need a second look from the Oscar judges based on a new trailer that has surfaced some 38 years after the cult classic premiered […]

Michael Palin in ‘The Wipers Times’ on BBC2

Michael Palin, Monty Python legend and longtime TV adventurer, returns to the small screen and his comedy acting roots in the World War One drama The Wipers Times this Wednesday on BBC2. The one-off special tells the uplifting and true tale of a group of British soldiers who stumble across an abandoned printing press in […]

R.I.P. Mel Smith

Mel Smith, English comedian, writer, film director, producer and actor, best known for his pioneering work on the sketch comedy shows Not the Nine O’Clock News and Alas Smith and Jones has died of a heart attack at the age of 60. Smith and comedy partner, Griff Rhys Jones, founded Talkback in 1981, which grew […]

The Rutles: A Look Back at Dirk, Nasty, Stig and Barry

The early 60′s were not especially kind to The Rutles. Languishing in the Rutland Cavern for years, it wasn’t until 1975 when this relatively unknown British pop group fronted by Neil Innes appeared on Rutland Weekend Television singing “I Must Be In Love” from their 1965 album, A Hard Days Rut, that The Rutles began […]

BBC, former Python Terry Jones, discover flying penguins

BBC presenter, Terry Jones, discovers a colony of penguins which are unlike any other penguins in the world. Back in 2008, the BBC announced that camera crews filming near the Antarctic for its natural history Miracles of Evolution series had captured footage of Adélie penguins taking to the air. Film maker, writer, former Python turned […]

A tearful goodbye to BBC Television Centre…

As of today, the infamous BBC Television Centre is no more. It has ceased to be. It has gone on to meet its maker. Bereft of life, the Centre rests in peace! It is…an ex-Television Centre. On Monday, 18 March, a host of BBC stars bid farewell to the famous Wood Lane building for a […]

Monty Python – All the bits, complete AND annotated

If you get a chance to drop by a newstand in the not-too-distant future (i.e. this month), pick up a copy of The Atlantic for a brilliant article. “The Beatles of Comedy” is a great read and a real treat for British comedy fans worldwide. Working from the premise that the genius of the Monty […]

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