Low budget comedy sketch series purporting to show the programming of a low key regional television service. Written by Eric Idle of 'Monty Python's Flying Circus' fame. A popular feature ... See full summary »
A member of the English upper class dies, leaving his estate and his business to an American, whom he thinks is his son who was lost as a baby and then found again. An Englishman who thinks... See full summary »
The Right Honorable James Hacker has landed the plum job of Cabinet Minister to the Department of Administration. At last he is in a position of power and can carry out some long-needed reforms - or so he thinks.
In this mock-documentary, John Cleese narrates a series of sketches on irritation -- types and techniques. Included are parents irritating their children, old ladies irritating movie-goers ... See full summary »
Surreal, sketch based TV comedy series. Two series were produced in 1967 by the commercial company Associated Rediffusion. In style and content, a forerunner of 'Monty Python's Flying ... See full summary »
Low budget comedy sketch series purporting to show the programming of a low key regional television service. Written by Eric Idle of 'Monty Python's Flying Circus' fame. A popular feature was the music of Neil Innes (one time member of the eccentric Bonzo Dog Dooh Dah Band), especially his Beatles parody The Rutles: They later featured in their own film: 'The Rutles (All You Need Is Cash)'. Written by
[Singing to the tune of 'Folsom Prison Blues']
I hear the teacups rattle, hear the mighty hoover roar, I'm always washing dishes, or polishing the floor, I'm stuck in Mrs Fletcher's...
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Having watched both series of RWT in 1975/6, I felt that while Eric Idle had gone back to the sketch format - albeit with a framework based on a fictitious TV station - his approach was closer to Spike Milligan than Monty Python. All the sketches wove in and out of the shows, there were rather surreal moments, and there were Neil Innes' songs - many of them in fact - that made RWT rather like a revue than a sketch show. David Battley, Terence Bayler, Henry Woolf and Gwen Taylor provided a firm cast from which many characters were drawn (notably, in Battley's case, David Frost, which he had also played in Mrs. Wilson's Diary in 1968). Of course, The Rutles provided the most memorable musical moment as well as the template for the future TV special. The only pity is that none of "Rutland Weekend Television" is available on DVD/video for re-evaluation, for whatever reason, and yet despite its budgetary limitations, it has indefinable qualities. Certainly it would stand up well to a repeat viewing.
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