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Amid the spiralling attentiornado around a certain other British TV show of the past (and future), we bring news of a classic comedy comeback, of sorts.
The five surviving stars of Monty Python’s Flying Circus are announcing a reunion something this week. They have not said what form this will take—a movie, a stage show, some internet clips—but there is definitely going to be a thing, and it will comprise the collective efforts of John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam.
A spokesperson for the group told Sky News: “A press conference is set for Thursday (November 21) where the Pythons themselves will be unveiling their plans to work together again.
“Make sure Python fans are alerted to the big forthcoming news event.”
So there, consider yourselves alerted.
And if the thought of five men who clearly should be old enough to know better by now, reliving the daftnesses of their collective youth with a certain moist-eyed reverence for The One That Is No Longer With Us isn’t enough of an attraction, did you know the team made a German version of Monty Python in 1971?
It’s a true story, they were flown out to Bavaria to do it, had to learn the German script phonetically, and naturally it’s on YouTube:
Somehow, amid all that silliness, the change of language doesn’t seem that big a deal, does it.
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Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.
He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.
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