Following the phenomenal success of Monty Python s Flying Circus Michael Palin and Terry Jones created this unforgettable BAFTA-winning series of comic plays for the BBC. Gleefully parodying the conventions of Boy s Own-style adventure Ripping Yarns sees Palin taking the protagonist s role in nine rip-roaring stories from stirring tales of sporting endeavour intrepid exploration and wartime heroism to skulduggery supernatural mystery and murder... and of course the notorious exploits of Eric Olthwaite - Yorkshire s most interesting outlaw. An illustrious supporting... cast includes John Le Mesurier Iain Cuthbertson Denholm Elliott Joan Sanderson and Don Henderson with Terry Jones starring in one episode and fellow former Python John Cleese also making a cameo appearance; the series was produced and directed by the multi award-winning team of Terry Hughes (The Two Ronnies) Jim Franklin (The Goodies) and Alan J.W. Bell (The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy). Both series originally aired between 1976 and 1979 are released in this special-edition set with special features including deleted scenes a 1983 documentary Comic Roots in which Palin revisits his native Sheffield and Secrets the only surviving recording of Palin and Jones 1973 screenplay for the BBC s darkly comic (now sadly wiped) Black and Blue anthology series. [show more]
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RIPPING YARNS features three exciting tales from different eras starring comic actor extraordinaire Michael Palin. The films also star Gwen Watford, Ian Ogilvy, Roy Kinnear, and Bill Fraser. Stories include: Tomkinson's Schooldays, Escape From Stalag Luft 112B, and Golden Gordon.
All nine episodes of the satirical adventure series written by and starring ex-Monty Python member Michael Palin, with additional writing by Terry Jones. Each episode is a self-contained parody of the Victorian 'Boy's Own'-style of story. In 'Tomkinson's Schooldays' a young boy tries to avoid the brutality of the school bully. 'The Testing of Eric Olthwaite' sees the most boring boy in the world become involved with a gang of bank robbers. In 'Escape From Stalag Luft 112B' a First World War POW finds himself the only one left in camp after everyone else escapes. 'Murder at Moorstones Manor' sees an aristocratic family all confess to a brutal murder. In 'Across the Andes by Frog' a famed scientist tries to study the migration habits of a species of frog, while being constantly disturbed by local customs. 'The Curse of the Claw' is about a family affected by a deadly Burmese curse. In 'Whinfrey's Last Case', German spies menace a peaceful Cornish village. 'Golden Gordon' sees a fanatical football fan try to round up veteran players to save his beloved team. Finally, in 'Roger of the Raj' a humble chemist finds himself caught up in the Indian uprising.