Palin and Jones Return! 31Mar2014
What came first; Monty Python or Ripping Yarns?
Yes, okay, that was too easy. But what was the Palin and Jones title that came before both of them?
The Complete and Utter History of Britain. Shown in 1969, the same year that Python became part of the national consciousness, this series takes a typically skewed look at British history – and reports it as if television had been around to cover it at the time. A notable influence on television comedy, this series fed directly into the work they did for Monty Python’s Flying Circus.
The DVD and Blu-ray release of The New Incomplete Complete and Utter History of Britain is just dayss away and, for the first time in any format, the two existing episodes can be seen as recorded and as transmitted, plus a new 50-minute feature with brand new linking material by Palin and Jones, and previously unseen series footage from Terry Jones’ personal archives.
Yes, that’s right. Brand new material from Terry Jones and Michael Palin features on the release, and you can watch the exclusive trailer right here, right now.
THIS SET INCLUDES:
· 50-minute feature containing new linking material by Palin and Jones
· interview with producer Humphrey Barclay
· the first two episodes as transmitted (the only ones still to exist)
· the first two episodes as recorded (includes some different sketches to that which was transmitted)
· all existing film insert material used throughout the series, kept safe by Terry Jones for over 40 years
· brand new booklet by archive television historian Andrew Pixley
· extensive image gallery
· script and production paperwork PDFs