Features Classic Comedy Teams: Monty Python’s Flying Circus Published 7 months ago on October 19, 2018 Claim to Fame: A restaurant that serves only SPAM; a temptress who collects dead milkmen; lumberjacks in women’s clothing; and, of course, the larch… Why They Matter: The absurd, hilarious, surreal and mind-expanding Monty Python’s Flying Circus debuted on the BBC in 1969 and changed the way the world laughed. Their humor was equal parts Marx Brothers and Deconstruction theorist Jacques Derrida, as the six-man troupe unleashed a mix of literate improvisation, zany sketches, biting parodies and bizarre animation on an unsuspecting audience. The unpredictable Brits jolted viewers and networks alike, opening the door for the likes of Saturday Night Live, SCTV and more. Postscript: Monty Python left TV in 1974, but by using fear, surprise, ruthless efficiency and other techniques learned from the Spanish Inquisition, they handily conquered the big screen with Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Life of Brian and The Meaning of Life. Various post-Python incarnations included the TV series Fawlty Towers and the films A Fish Called Wanda and Brazil. The Last Word: Michael Palin, singing: ‘I’m a lumberjack, and I’m okay, I sleep all night, and I work all day. I chop down trees, I wear high heels, Suspenders and a bra. I wish I’d been a girlie Just like my dear papa.’ Monty Python Advertisement advertisement and this just in TV13 hours ago Cutting It (BBC-1 2002-2005, Amanda Holden, Sarah Parish) Comedy drama series. Allie runs a successful hairdressing salon but her problems begin when a rival salon opens across the... TV13 hours ago Culloden (BBC-1 1964, George McBean, Olivier Espitalier-Noel) Highly innovative documentary drama telling the story of the last battle to be fought on British soil in 1746 at... TV13 hours ago C.S. Lewis: Beyond Narnia (BBC-2 2006, Anton Rodgers, Diane Venora) Biographical drama. The story of author CS Lewis’s life from childhood to old age as his views on religion alter... TV13 hours ago Crow Road, The (BBC-2 1996, Joe McFadden, Peter Capaldi) Drama serial. Prentice McHoan returns to his Scottish home and gets caught up in the dark secrets that everyone around... TV13 hours ago New Tricks (BBC 2003-2015 with James Bolam, Amanda Redman, Dennis Waterman) Crime drama series New Tricks took the Cold Case took it’s natural extreme by bringing out of retirement a group... search EPISODES Episodes21 hours ago Pitching In Premieres Fri 24 May on Acorn TV In the series opener of Pitching In, recent widower, Frank Hardcastle (Larry Lamb, EastEnders), is struggling to find the energy... Episodes21 hours ago She’s Gotta Have It Season 2 Premieres Fri 24 May on Netflix A seriously sexy comedy and rousing celebration of female empowerment, She’s Gotta Have It Season 2 offers a timely and... Episodes21 hours ago Vida Season 2 Premieres Fri 24 May on Starz Episode 7: The bar prepares to host a fundraiser for Eddy’s hospital expenses while Emma and Lyn learn the truth... advertisement MOVIES Movies2 months ago Shazam! | 2019 | Zachary Levi, Asher Angel A boy is given the ability to become an adult superhero in times of need with a single magic word.... Movies2 months ago Dumbo | 2019 | Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton A young elephant, whose oversized ears enable him to fly, helps save a struggling circus, but when the circus plans... Movies2 months ago The Man Who Killed Don Quixote | 2018 | Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce Toby, a cynical advertising director finds himself trapped in the outrageous delusions of an old Spanish shoe-maker who believes himself... mytvtonight mytvtonight devoted to all things film and tv.