Monty Python Flying Circus will fly again

November 20, 2013

More than 30 years after its last show, Monty Python is coming back:

The original members of Monty Python will reunite more than 30 years after the comedy troupe last worked together.

John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Eric Idle and Michael Palin will officially announce their reformation at a London press conference on Thursday. The five surviving members have reportedly been in months of secret talks about getting the Flying Circus back on the road. . . .

Could it be as good in reprise as it was in retrospect?

Clicking on the link above will take you to a link to the show’s five best sketches.

 

 

 

 

The surviving members of Monty Python, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Eric Idle and Michael Palin have agreed to reunite for a new stage show


Ministry of Silly Walks

October 6, 2009

Another classic to mark yesterday’s 40th anniversary of Monty Python’s Flying Circus.


Argument Clinic

October 5, 2009

It’s 40 years since Monty Python’s Flying Circus first broadcast on BBC.


October 5 in history

October 5, 2009

On October 5:

1944 Suffrage was extended to women in France

1951 Irish singer Bob Geldof was born.

1953 The first documented recovery meeting of Narcotics Anonymous was held.

1961 Businessman & former All Black David Kirk was born.

1968 Police batoned civil rights demonstrators in Derry, Northern Ireland – this was considered to mark the beginning of The Troubles.

1969 The first episode of Monty Python’s Flying Circus aired on BBC.

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(DVD cover) – Monty Python members – left to right:
Back: Terry Gilliam, John Cleese, Graham Chapman
Front row: Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Eric Idle

Sourced from Wikipedia.


NZ TV turns 50 today

May 18, 2009

New Zealand’s first television test programmes were broadcast 50 years ago today. 

 Broadcasting Minister Jonathon Coleman said it started very simply with just two hours broadcast a week and only in Auckland.

“There was no money for new programmes, so in addition to test patterns, Auckland viewers enjoyed clips from old National Film Unit newsreels and whatever free content the then New Zealand Broadcasting Service could beg, borrow or steal.”

These early experiments continued successfully, and on 28 January 1960 the government announced that it had decided to introduce television as an entertainment medium to New Zealand.

I remember stopping outside shops to watch the televisions which were set up in the windows a few years later.

Our neighbours had a TV and they invited my brothers and me to watch it on weekend evenings. Favourite programmes were Walt Disney, Lassie, Mr Ed, Flipper, Bonanza and Perry Mason. Those were all from the USA, I must have been a bit older before I was allowed to watch British programmes like The Avengers.

Local shows included Its in the Bag with Selwyn Toogood, Happen Inn and C’mon with Pete Sinclair.

I’m not sure if The South Tonight was broadcasting then or if that came later.

Our family got a TV set when I was about 14. It broadcast in black and white and introduced us to All Gas and Gaiters, A Family at War,  Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) and Monty Pythons Flying Circus.

Coleman points out there have been major changes in televison in the last 50 years.

“I think it would be fair to say that the average television viewer in 1959 would be utterly amazed by the quantity, quality, range and accessibility of the content New Zealanders of the 21st century take for granted.  Today we can watch high definition, colour programmes across multiple channels, both free-to-air and pay, 24 hours a day.  We can ‘time-shift’ to watch content when it suits us, skip advertisements, pause to let the cat out, mute the boring bits, add captions, and pre-record all our favourite programmes at the push of a button.”

Quantity, range, and accessibility have definitely improved but I’m not sure about the quality, especially of local programmes.

Is that because current affairs programmes like Gallery and satire like McPhail and Gadsby  were really better than anything we get today – or has hindsight improved my memory of the viewing?

UPDATE: Rob has a video of McPahil & Gadsby in the comments so we can judge for ourselves if distance has led enchantment to viewing memories.


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