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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 2nd native / ... 4 episodes, 1977-1979
Barbara New ...
 Jehovah's Witnesses / ... 2 episodes, 1977
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 Attenborough / ... 2 episodes, 1977-1979
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 Ship's stoker / ... 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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7 January 1976 (UK)  »

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Michael Palin kept the Claw from The Curse of The Claw, before donating it to the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford (part of the University of Oxford). It is now part of the permanent collection of objects from all around the world. Unfortunately, it is not on public display See more »

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Featured in Comic Roots: Michael Palin (1983) 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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