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Ripping Yarns 

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This show is a collection of tales that make for "ripping good" television. Sir Michael Palin played a different lead character in each yarn.
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1979   1977   1976  
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Series cast summary:
Michael Palin ...  Bank Manager / ... 9 episodes, 1976-1979
Charles McKeown ...  2nd native / ... 4 episodes, 1977-1979
Barbara New Barbara New ...  Jehovah's Witnesses / ... 2 episodes, 1977
David Griffin ...  Attenborough / ... 2 episodes, 1977-1979
Michael Stainton Michael Stainton ...  Ship's stoker / ... 2 episodes, 1977-1979
Peter Graham Peter Graham ...  Boy / ... 2 episodes, 1977-1979
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This show is a collection of tales that make for "ripping good" television. Sir Michael Palin played a different lead character in each yarn.

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nostalgia | satire | england | See All (3) »

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Adventure | Comedy

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Trivia

At least three episodes were never fully realized. According to Sir Michael Palin and Terry Jones, "The Seawolf", "Rizzo the Wonder Dog", and "Dracula at St. Dominics" were started, but not completed. See more »

Connections

Referenced in What the Pythons Did Next... (2007) See more »

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Façade, Suite No. 2 - Fanfare
(uncredited)
Music by William Walton
Played during the opening title sequence
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I thought this would never be released
2 September 2005 | by mlrobinsonSee all my reviews

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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 January 1976 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Historias para reir See more »

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Runtime:

(9 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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