BBC Broadcasts Lost Monty Python Sketches For 50th Anniversary – Streaming Free, Globally

For the 50th anniversary of Monty Python’s Flying Circus‘ first broadcast, on BBC 1, Michael Palin has narrated and constructed a series of shws for BBC Radio 4, Monty Python at 50: The Self-Abasement Tapes, broadcasting sketches that never made it to air, or in very limited capacities, such as advertising for the show and films. Usually, this kind of thing can be a disappointment, but the Fat Ignorant Bastards sketch from episode 1 could have been written yesterday, and have been the lead sketch in any episode or movie since…

BBC Broadcasts Lost Monty Python Sketches For 50th Anniversary - Streaming Free, Globally

All five episodes have been made available for free streaming globally on the BBC Radio iPlayer, details and links below.

Episode 1

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Monty Python, Michael Palin hunts down lost Python sketches. This programme contains rare material never heard before on UK radio, or anywhere else – including the infamous Fat Ignorant Bastards sketch and a Country & Western version of Terry Jones’ I’m So Worried.

Episode 2

In this episode, the historical curiosities include a lost verse from Brave Sir Robin and an all-new King Arthur Song. Also, Terry Jones remembers what it was like filming The Holy Grail at Doune Castle.

Episode 3

This third episode digs deep into the archives to excavate recordings relating to the controversial 1979 film, Life of Brian. Eric and Graham negotiate a voiceover fee for the film, John Cleese press-gangs his mother into doing a free radio advert and we meet the infamous freedom fighter Otto – with a deleted scene suggesting that, while the film was causing outrage and offence, even more contentious content was lying on the cutting room floor.

Episode 4

In this episode, Michael reveals a song for Mr Creosote that was left out of The Meaning of Life, and a quiz from the Big Red Book which will test your knowledge of goats.

Episode 5

This programme contains rare material of historical interest, never heard before from the 2014 O2 Shows, including run-throughs of The Argument Sketch and a sensational duet between Eric Idle and Professor Stephen Hawking.

Starring: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin

Produced by James Peak and Andre Jacquemin.

A Goldhawk Essential Production for BBC Radio 4

 

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