Join Monty Python members as they discuss BBC censorship, unwanted celebrity status, member Graham Chapman, Python controversy, each other and Cleese's departure. Interviews with Terry Gilliam, John ...
Rowan Atkinson and the cast of legendary comedy series Blackadder are back for this one-off documentary special to mark 25 years since the original BBC transmission in 1983. Featuring ... See full summary »
This documentary series consists of six episodes. The running time per episode is just under one hour; so the total running time of the show would be 5 1/2 to 6 hours. The 1h 47min running time listed here on imdb only refers to a special cut shown in one particular cinema, for one night only; this 107min. listing is therefore a bit pointless. See more »
Let's get the background out of the way first - this 6 part series for television is the first in- depth profile of the Monty Python group, who recorded their first TV show forty years ago. So the reviewer who complained that the five surviving members of Python look old only really need do their maths - by the end of this year their ages will range from 66 to 70!
Almost The Truth is set out as a series of interviews on six loose themes over the series - as well as Cleese, Palin, Idle, Gilliam and Jones we also hear from Carol Cleveland, Neil Innes, a number of celebrity fans and, in archive footage, the late Graham Chapman. It is a good format and doesn't distract from the tales that, yes, any casual fan will have heard before.
So why is this an essential purchase for Python followers? First, it presents them all with a fair chunk of screen time to share their views on the success of the series, films, etc. Second, it has a couple of rare extras - but nothing to get too excited about. Third, it has the benefit of 40 years distance from the original BBC transmission; now we know that Python had a legacy both in the UK and the US and we can hear about it.
Perhaps the last hurrah of a marvellous comedy troupe - yes they all went on to other things but Pythons they will always be.
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