8.2/10
89
4 user

Rutland Weekend Television 

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 »
Reviews

Episodes

Seasons


Years



2   1  
1976   1975  

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Charts the adventures of the prefab four, possibly the most famous band of all time.

Directors: Eric Idle, Gary Weis
Stars: Eric Idle, John Halsey, Ricky Fataar
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An anthology of the best sketches from the first and second seasons of Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969).

Director: Ian MacNaughton
Stars: John Cleese, Michael Palin, Graham Chapman
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Twenty-three years after the release of the original Rutles documentary, famous artists, actors and musicians speak out on how the Rutles influenced them.

Director: Eric Idle
Stars: Eric Idle, Neil Innes, Ricky Fataar
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A comic oratorio inspired by Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979) filmed at its only European performance at the Royal Albert Hall in October 2009 to celebrate 40 years of Monty Python.

Director: Aubrey Powell
Stars: Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Jones
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Zany antics and sketches by the anarchic camp comic.

Stars: Kenny Everett, Cleo Rocos, Sheila Steafel
Comedy | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Erik the Viking and his men travel across the sea to find Valhalla to ask the gods to end the Age of Ragnarok.

Director: Terry Jones
Stars: Tim Robbins, John Cleese, Mickey Rooney
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Brian and Charlie (B & C) work for a gangster. When the boss learns they want to "leave", he sets them up to be killed, after they help rob the local Triads of their drug dealing profits. B... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Lynn
Stars: Eric Idle, Robbie Coltrane, Camille Coduri
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
 Various / ... 14 episodes, 1975-1976
Neil Innes ...
...
 Stig O'Hara - Rutles Bassist 14 episodes, 1975-1976
Edit

Storyline

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 D.Giddings <darren.giddings@newcastle.ac.uk>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Music

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

12 May 1975 (UK)  »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(14 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Johnny Cash: [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...
See more »

Connections

Featured in What the Pythons Did Next... (2007) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Rutland Weekend - the lost gem
9 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

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.


4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 4 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page