Eric Idle, from left, John Cleese, Michael Palin, and Sue Jones-Davies in Life of Brian (1979).
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As parody goes, this infamous Monty Python film is a pretty gentle, even, respectful sort. It is now more likely to be criticised for breaching the boundaries of 'political correctness'.
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Half a century of British classic television available online? Sounds good, but will it be enough to take on the Netflix juggernaut?
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The various readings of this national myth can tell us a lot about our cultural and political time and place.
Still from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
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Is anyone still interested in Monty Python? Surprisingly, yes.
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With Python, audience members are primarily laughing for their own memories of laughing.
The Monty Python crew have put many caveats on their upcoming reunion shows, which starts in London today and will be simulcast live around the world. Perhaps this quote from John Cleese rings truest of…