Following the phenomenal success of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Michael Palin and Terry Jones created this unforgettable, BAFTA-winning series of comic plays for the BBC. Gleefully parodying the conventions of Boy’s Own-style adventure, Ripping Yarns sees Palin taking the protagonist’s role in nine rip-roaring stories – from stirring tales of sporting endeavour, intrepid exploration and wartime heroism to skulduggery, supernatural mystery and murder… and, of course, the notorious exploits of Eric Olthwaite – Yorkshire’s most interesting outlaw.
An illustrious supporting cast includes John Le Mesurier, Iain Cuthbertson, Denholm Elliott, Joan Sanderson and Don Henderson, with Terry Jones starring in one episode and fellow former Python John Cleese also making a cameo appearance; the series was produced and directed by the multi-award-winning team of Terry Hughes (The Two Ronnies), Jim Franklin (The Goodies) and Alan J.W. Bell (The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy).
- Commentaries on all episodes by Michael Palin and Terry Jones
- Deleted scene from Murder at Moorstones Manor
- Comic Roots – Michael Palin returns to his home town of Sheffield.
- Secrets – a BBC play from 1973
- Audience laughter-free tracks on all episodes bar Tomkinson’s Schooldays and Murder at Moorstones Manor
- Michael Palin’s Original Scripts PDF
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