BBC Radio set to air previously unreleased Monty Python audio to comemmorate troupe’s 50th Anniversary

Posted on 5 October 2019
By Khyle Deen
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A series of radio specials featuring never-before-released audio from Monty Python will be executive-produced by Michael Palin.

These specials will be part of the 50th anniversary celebrations for the classic comedy troupe. They will air on the BBC, they’ll then be released out in the US.

Palin, and the rest of the Pythons – John Cleese, Terry Jones, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam and the late Graham Chapmann – are set to have their TV, film and radio work profiled to commemorate the group reaching the 50 year point.

BBC Radio will be premiering five specials, with Palin at the helm, in September. The specials will then hit the US airwaves via Sirius XM.

“Join Michael to find out what John’s mother thought about her care home, the extra unpleasant things that were planned for Eric’s Brave Sir Robin, what exactly Terry Jones is so worried about, and why the infamous Fat Ignorant Bastards have never been more relevant to the world today,” the producers said as they announced the series.

There are also going to be various events showcasing the iconic output of the Pythons, running all throughout September. the British Film Institute’s riverside base on London’s South Bank is set to run a Python season, including screenings of a restored “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” series.

Rare screenings of pre-Python shows “At Last the 1948 Show” and “Do Not Adjust Your Set” and post-Python work from the group, including “Fawlty Towers,” “Ripping Yarns” and movies such as “Jabberwocky” and “Time Bandits.” In the U.S., BBC America will run a marathon of “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” episodes, plus “Monty Python’s Life of Brian” and “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”

UMC and Virgin EMI will be re-issuing “Monty Python Sings” (again) on double vinyl, with the addition of the “Stephen Hawking Sings Monty Python…Galaxy Song” track and new artwork overseen by Terry Gilliam.

“Python has survived because we live in an increasingly Pythonesque world,” they said in a joint statement. “Extreme silliness seems more relevant now than it ever was.”