Ripping Yarns (1976–1979)

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Ripping Yarns is a collection of tales that make for 'ripping good' television. Michael Palin plays a different lead character in each yarn.

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1979 | 1977 | 1976
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 Bank Manager / ... (9 episodes, 1976-1979)
Charles McKeown ...
 2nd native / ... (4 episodes, 1977-1979)
David Griffin ...
 Attenborough / ... (2 episodes, 1977-1979)
Michael Stainton ...
 Ship's stoker / ... (2 episodes, 1977-1979)
Peter Graham ...
 Boy / ... (2 episodes, 1977-1979)
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Ripping Yarns is a collection of tales that make for 'ripping good' television. Michael Palin plays a different lead character in each yarn.

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Kalandos történetek  »

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At least three "Ripping Yarns" were never fully realized. According to Palin and Jones, "The Seawolf", "Rizzo The Wonder Dog" and "Dracula At St.Dominics" were started, but never completed. See more »

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Referenced in Holy Flying Circus (2011) See more »

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Façade, Suite No. 2 - Fanfare
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Music by William Walton
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Nine, not twelve.
22 January 2008 | by (Serbia) – See all my reviews

First of all, there are only 9 episodes. Some comments here refer to there being 12, which might be a result of hallucinogenic drugs, no idea...

RY is very entertaining, quite Pythonesque in many ways. While not all stories are equally funny, all are at the very least interesting to watch. Sometimes weirdness alone in a comedy can keep one's attention, the (successful) gags being a bonus. "Golden", for example, is a comparatively subdued episode but has a certain charm, ditto "Winfrey".

"Tomkinson", "Escape" and "Murder" are the funniest episode, whereas "Roger" and "Frog" didn't turn out that well by comparison.

The DVD offers a relatively interesting running commentary by both Palin and Jones. If, like me, you are annoyed by left-leaning actors/directors promoting their ideology publicly, you should be warned that Jones uses any chance he can to connect what goes on in a scene to social or political issues. He is a Marxist to a fault, but I think we can forgive him for that due to his Python past and cheerful affability...


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