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Ripping Yarns 

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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 ...  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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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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Runtime:

(9 episodes)

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

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Façade, Suite No. 2 - Fanfare
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Music by William Walton
Played during the opening title sequence
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Brilliant - Eric Olthwaite's a Classic
1 June 2000 | by Ed-93See all my reviews

Brilliant. 'More Ripping Yarns'#2 is the best tape. The Eric Olthwaite episode depicts the sudden charisma, which the most boring man in Yorkshire acquires when he accidentally becomes a robber of banks (and rain gauge records). Dialogue you'll drive your friends mad with for years to come. Visuals, which make loving mock of "When the boat comes in" and a host of other TV and film icons. The Whinfrey episode is only OK, but The Claw is back to form: sinister, sad, strange and screamingly funny. Buy it!! You must watch the other 2 tapes, #1 for Golden Gordon and the brilliant, cult-episode Tomkinson's Schooldays and #3 for the wonderfully anarchic but cosily conservative Roger of the Raj. They're all great, but Eric Olthwaite is the greatest and the most grating of them all. P.S. watch out for a sly fleeting reference to Eric in the "Golden Gordon" episode on tape 1.


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