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BFI Announces Re-Discovery of Classic TV Series that Inspired Creation of Monty Python

BFI Announces Re-Discovery of Classic TV Series that Inspired Creation of Monty Python

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This Friday marks the launch of the Radio Times Festival in London. This year is an exciting one for Monty Python fans, as it marks the first chance to see the British comedy
program that inspired it all, one that hasn’t been seen since its original broadcast, 48 years ago.

Last year, BFI rediscovered two episodes of the much-loved and highly influential
comedy series, “At Last the 1948 Show.” An anonymous member of the public has just come forward with a further two episodes starring John Cleese, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Marty Feldman,
Graham Chapman, Bill Oddie, Eric Idle and “the lovely” Aimi Macdonald. 

One of the
discoveries — Episode 3, of the first series of “At Last the 1948 Show,” which was only ever seen on March 1, 1967 — will be
screened at the Radio Times Festival at Hampton Court on September 25. The show features an epic sketch, “The Bookshop,” which John Cleese deemed in his autobiography to be one of his best. Cleese plays an agitated shopkeeper dealing with outlandish and surreal requests for
books by a very demanding Marty Feldman.

“At Last the 1948 Show” is a cult classic for Monty Python die-hards, as it is largely seen as a landmark British television comedy. It truly marks a milestone in British humor and comedy culture at-large. BFI announced that “twenty-five years ago only two episodes of the series were known to survive but happily
rediscoveries from various sources mean that today, of the thirteen episodes which were
produced, eleven episodes are now safely contained in the BFI National Archive. However,
audio recordings do survive of the remaining missing shows.”

Ben Preston, Radio Times Editor, praised the news of this Friday’s screening and said, “Finding a comedy unseen for years starring John Cleese, Marty
Feldman, Tim Brooke Taylor, Graham Chapman and Eric Idle is finding the missing link.” Steve Bryant, Senior Curator, Television, BFI National Archive, hopes to keep people like Preston excited by these rare videos. The search still continues for those missing “At Last 1948 Show” episodes. With only two to find, fans are eagerly await to see where Monty Python all began.

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