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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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Cast

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 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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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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Adventure | Comedy

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Country:

UK

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English

Release Date:

7 January 1976 (UK) See more »

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Historias para reir See more »

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(9 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

At least three "Ripping Yarns" were never fully realized. According to Palin and Jones, "The Seawolf", "Rizzo The Wonder Dog" and "Dracula At St.Dominics" were started, but never completed. See more »

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

Soundtracks

Façade, Suite No. 2 - Fanfare
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Music by William Walton
Played during the opening title sequence
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Boffo Laughs From Mike And Terry!
27 August 2006 | by ShadeGrenadeSee all my reviews

Hot on the heels of John Cleese's first post-'Python' project 'Fawlty Towers' came this splendid spoof of stiff-upper-lipped schoolboy adventure tales from the days when Britain had an empire. Michael Palin and Terry Jones obviously had fun writing this, as well as performing ( although Jones only appeared in one edition ). 'Ripping Yarns' stretched Palin's acting abilities far more than 'Python'; check out 'The Curse Of The Claw' in which he played the utterly disgusting 'Uncle Jack'! Beautifully filmed, with wonderful period atmosphere, 'Yarns' featured impressive guest-stars such as Denholm Elliott, Iain Cuthbertson, and John Le Mesurier. The quality of the humour varied from Pythonesque romps such as 'Tompkinson's Schooldays' to the genteel, touching 'The Testing Of Eric Olthwaite'. My favourite, however, was 'Murder At Moorstones Manor', a whodunnit so convoluted its impossible to tell who did what to whom! Palin and Jones were wise to only make nine episodes of this gem.


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