Monty Python's Flying Circus wasn't just a seminal moment in British TV history. Oh no.
The landmark show also launched the careers of John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam and made them household names across the world. Throughout the years the troupe has reformed from time to time, whilst individual members have also gone on to forge remarkable solo careers of their own.
Saturday 6th June at 9pm
John Cleese gives a vintage John Cleese performance as an obsessively punctual comprehensive school headmaster who sets out to give an important speech at the annual Headmasters' Conference.
Monty Python's Best Bits (Mostly)
Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th August at 11pm
This five-part series - a Gold original show - is presented and narrated by self-confessed Python nut Hugh Bonneville, and looks at the very best sketches from Monty Python's Flying Circus - from the Dead Parrot sketch to The Ministry Of Silly Walks - and explores the effect and influence they've had in the comedy world. Some of the biggest names in comedy - including Stephen Fry, Matt Lucas, Simon Pegg, Steve Coogan, Eddie Izzard, Chevy Chase, Bill Bailey, Noel Fielding, Tracey Ullman, Jim Carrey and Mike Myers - talk about how the Pythons influenced them.
Monty Python: Live At The Hollywood Bowl
Saturday 6th August at 11.30pm
Arguably the Pythons' finest, funniest work. Cut from their four-night stand at the Hollywood Bowl in 1980, this film is jam-packed with sketches, songs and a host of their finest gags from their TV series. Numbers include the sexually confused lumberjack, the Ministry of Silly Walks, the Argument Clinic and the exploding balladeer. Some of the group's funnier short-film pieces are featured as well, including the International Philosophy Match (Germany vs. Greece) and Terry Gilliam's animated pieces. It's also the last time the whole team performed together.
A Private Function
Sunday 7th August at 9pm
Michael Palin stars alongside Dame Maggie Smith in this quirky comedy film written by Alan Bennett. In post-war Britain, food rationing continues, leading a married couple to become involved in the flourishing bacon black market.
Parrot Sketch Not Included: Monty Python's Best Bits
Sunday 7th August at midnight UK PREMIERE
Presented by Steve Martin, this anthology of some of the group's best bits from "Flying Circus" and "Fliegender Zirkus" (minus the eponymous Parrot Sketch), compiled by John Lloyd, marked the 20th anniversary of the original series' premiere.
Monty Python: Live At Aspen
Friday 19th August at midnight UK PREMIERE
This reunion show features the five surviving members of Monty Python: John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin. Graham Chapman was also allegedly in attendance as his "ashes" were brought out in an urn. The Pythons look back at their work and receive an American Film Industry award. Hosted by Robert Klein and featuring a cameo by Eddie Izzard.
Privates On Parade
Saturday 20th August at 9pm
The members of SADUSEA (Song And Dance Unit South East Asia) fall in and out of love while trying to dodge Malayan Communist bullets in the late 1940s. Not only that, they have to contend with a bible-bashing Major who creates far more danger than any of the jungle inhabitants.
Sunday 21st August at 9pm
John Cleese and Michael Palin return for their next Hollywood adventure. A massive corporate conglomerate, Octopus Inc., run by a shrewd and cruel tycoon named Rod McCain, purchases a UK-based leisure company, and also the failing London Marwood Zoo. To bring more business to the zoo, Octopus hires a new manager, Rollo Lee, who promptly comes up with a way to increase profits and do away with all the animals except for the ferocious ones. This new Fierce Creatures Policy shocks the Marwood zookeepers, led by the unendingly talkative Adrian "Bugsy" Malone. Eventually, Rod McCain's son Vince, along with the up-and-coming business executive Willa Weston, take control of the zoo and revoke the Fierce Creatures Policy.
Nuns On The Run
Sunday 21st August at 11pm
Brian (Eric Idle) and Charlie (Robbie Coltrane) (B & C) work for a gangster. When the boss learns they want to "leave", he sets them up to be killed, after they help rob the local Triads of their drug dealing profits. B & C decide to steal the money for themselves, but when their escape doesn't go to plan, they have to seek refuge in a Nuns' teacher training school. Disguised as nuns, B & C have to avoid their boss, Triads, police and Brian's girlfriend.