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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 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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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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Façade, Suite No. 2 - Fanfare
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Music by William Walton
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This is a must buy ! Although I've not seen all 12 episodes, I have seen some, including the jewel: The Testing of Eric Othwaite. Inspired. Educational TV in S.C. serialized the show on Saturday evenings in the mid 70s, alongside the "Goodies" and their highly successful run of Python reruns. Palin and Jones were my favorites in Python. I felt the Oxford style was more accessible to the American audience, but still not to the Benny Hill extreme. As an example, The sight of Tomkinson and the other "faceless rabble" nailed to the walls of the school, by the school bullys (from Tomkinson's School Days) is one of my all-time favorite sight gags. I highly recommend this series to any Python fan. And almost any man over 40 whose ever read or seen a copy of Boys Life from the early 60s will howl in delight at Ripping Yarns.


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