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Britain's top comedians pay tribute to the iconic series, Monty Python's Flying Circus.
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more »
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Good job, despite the direction See more (12 total) »

Cast

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Eric Idle ... Himself (6 episodes, 2009)

John Cleese ... Himself (6 episodes, 2009)

Michael Palin ... Himself (6 episodes, 2009)

Terry Gilliam ... Himself (6 episodes, 2009)

Terry Jones ... Himself (6 episodes, 2009)
Danny Scheinmann ... Abe Appenheimer (6 episodes, 2009)
Barry Cryer ... Himself (5 episodes, 2009)
David Sherlock ... Himself (5 episodes, 2009)

Steve Coogan ... Himself (4 episodes, 2009)
Phill Jupitus ... Himself (4 episodes, 2009)
Bill Oddie ... Himself (4 episodes, 2009)
Neil Innes ... Himself (4 episodes, 2009)

Julian Doyle ... Himself (4 episodes, 2009)

Eddie Izzard ... Himself (4 episodes, 2009)
Nancy Lewis ... Herself (3 episodes, 2009)
John Goldstone ... Himself (3 episodes, 2009)

Carol Cleveland ... Herself (3 episodes, 2009)

Dan Aykroyd ... Himself (3 episodes, 2009)

Sanjeev Bhaskar ... Himself (3 episodes, 2009)
Robert Hewison ... Himself (3 episodes, 2009)

Bruce Dickinson ... Himself (3 episodes, 2009)

Russell Brand ... Himself (3 episodes, 2009)
John Du Prez ... Himself (3 episodes, 2009)
Tim Brooke-Taylor ... Himself (3 episodes, 2009)

Olivia Harrison ... Herself (2 episodes, 2009)
Dave Howman ... Himself (2 episodes, 2009)
John Massey ... Himself (2 episodes, 2009)
André Jacquemin ... Himself (2 episodes, 2009)
Art Mortimer ... Himself (2 episodes, 2009)

Seth Green ... Himself (2 episodes, 2009)
Nick Mason ... Himself (2 episodes, 2009)

Stephen Merchant ... Himself (2 episodes, 2009)

Simon Pegg ... Himself (2 episodes, 2009)

Tim Roth ... Himself (2 episodes, 2009)
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Series Directed by
Bill Jones (6 episodes, 2009)
Alan G. Parker (6 episodes, 2009)
Ben Timlett (6 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Produced by
Margarita Doyle .... line producer (6 episodes, 2009)
Bill Jones .... series producer (6 episodes, 2009)
Tina Pawlik .... associate producer (6 episodes, 2009)
Evan Shapiro .... executive producer (6 episodes, 2009)
Ben Timlett .... series producer (6 episodes, 2009)
Andrew Winter .... supervising producer (6 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Original Music by
Dave Howman (6 episodes, 2009)
André Jacquemin (6 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Cinematography by
Nick Rutter (6 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Film Editing by
Caroline Sarin (6 episodes, 2009)

Ben Luria (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Direction by
Sonia Timlett (unknown episodes, 2009)
 
Series Sound Department
André Jacquemin .... sound designer (6 episodes, 2009)

Peter Gaudino .... sound recordist (unknown episodes, 2009)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Mike Farr .... gaffer (6 episodes, 2009)

Ben Fordesman .... gaffer (unknown episodes, 2009)
 
Series Animation Department
Nick Rutter .... animation director (6 episodes, 2009)
Jesse Sanders .... senior animator (6 episodes, 2009)
Steven Lall .... animator (2 episodes, 2009)

Justin Weyers .... key animator (unknown episodes, 2009)
 
Series Editorial Department
Andy Lee .... colorist / on-line editor (6 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Other crew
Tim Cooke .... production runner (unknown episodes, 2009)
John Edginton .... production consultant (unknown episodes, 2009)
Laura Louise Hodgson .... researcher (unknown episodes, 2009)
Steven Seller .... production assistant (unknown episodes, 2009)
 
Series Thanks
Sonia Timlett .... very special thanks (unknown episodes, 2009)
 

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Good job, despite the direction, 18 October 2010
Author: imdb2-556-923983 from Australia

This documentary took the road most taken: if you're documenting Python, be Pythonesque. That's why it gets an 8 and not a 10. The mini-sketch at the beginning got to be annoying about half-way through it at the first watching. I really didn't need the joke repeated 6 times. (And it is more reminiscent of the opening scene of Gilliam's Brazil than of anything by Python, anyway.) Then there are the animations meant to be homage's to Gilliam's works. Another miss. And there's the cutting-people-off-in-mid-sentence in interviews (which, of the Pythonesque directorial touches is the one that works best, in my opinion). The interviewee-being-seen-in-a-profile motif also detracted from the documentary. In short, directorially it's in a bad shape.

Having said that, the rest of it I loved. It is a candid tale of a troupe who got together only by some strange series of flukes, remained together for as long as they did because their various antics and inter-group quibbling somehow managed to cancel each other, left us an incredibly funny legacy (the highlights of which were done as quick-and-dirty solutions to some odd problems) and finally were fed up with it and went on to do other great things separately.

At no point does it feel like anyone is holding anything back. For example, the group is very open about their complete lack of interest in each other's personal lives, and how that made them not see what was going on in Graham Chapman's life, even when it was too big to miss.

Intermixed with this are well-chosen bits of archive footage (including interviews with Chapman that are edited in to sound just like the interviews with the five surviving members), some perspective interviews with friends and contemporary comedians (as well as some actors and musicians), and mentions of some notable fans (mostly from the music business).

I am a Python fan, but (like the group itself, apparently) never dug into their personal lives, feeling that their body of work should speak for itself. So, to me, much of this was new, and I thought that just hearing the story of George Harrison's house and its connection to Life of Brian -- that alone would have made the watching of this documentary worthwhile... and there's a lot more where that came from.

A solid, well deserved 8.

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