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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 Bank Manager / ... (9 episodes, 1976-1979)
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 Jehovah's Witnesses / ... (2 episodes, 1977)
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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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7 January 1976 (UK)  »

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The first series of six programmes was mostly shot on film, unusual and expensive for a light entertainment show. This made it cost double what a conventional situation comedy would cost. As a result, three episodes were shot in one financial year, with the remaining three in the next. See more »

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Featured in Comedy Connections: Ripping Yarns (2008) See more »

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Façade, Suite No. 2 - Fanfare
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Music by William Walton
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Boffo Laughs From Mike And Terry!
27 August 2006 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Hot on the heels of John Cleese's first post-'Python' project 'Fawlty Towers' came this splendid spoof of stiff-upper-lipped schoolboy adventure tales from the days when Britain had an empire. Michael Palin and Terry Jones obviously had fun writing this, as well as performing ( although Jones only appeared in one edition ). 'Ripping Yarns' stretched Palin's acting abilities far more than 'Python'; check out 'The Curse Of The Claw' in which he played the utterly disgusting 'Uncle Jack'! Beautifully filmed, with wonderful period atmosphere, 'Yarns' featured impressive guest-stars such as Denholm Elliott, Iain Cuthbertson, and John Le Mesurier. The quality of the humour varied from Pythonesque romps such as 'Tompkinson's Schooldays' to the genteel, touching 'The Testing Of Eric Olthwaite'. My favourite, however, was 'Murder At Moorstones Manor', a whodunnit so convoluted its impossible to tell who did what to whom! Palin and Jones were wise to only make nine episodes of this gem.


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