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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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, which was 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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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
Played during the opening title sequence
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Brilliant - Eric Olthwaite's a Classic
1 June 2000 | by (Birmingham, England) – See all my reviews

Brilliant. 'More Ripping Yarns'#2 is the best tape. The Eric Olthwaite episode depicts the sudden charisma, which the most boring man in Yorkshire acquires when he accidentally becomes a robber of banks (and rain gauge records). Dialogue you'll drive your friends mad with for years to come. Visuals, which make loving mock of "When the boat comes in" and a host of other TV and film icons. The Whinfrey episode is only OK, but The Claw is back to form: sinister, sad, strange and screamingly funny. Buy it!! You must watch the other 2 tapes, #1 for Golden Gordon and the brilliant, cult-episode Tomkinson's Schooldays and #3 for the wonderfully anarchic but cosily conservative Roger of the Raj. They're all great, but Eric Olthwaite is the greatest and the most grating of them all. P.S. watch out for a sly fleeting reference to Eric in the "Golden Gordon" episode on tape 1.


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