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Directed by: Various (TV)

Produced: 1969

Countries & Regions: United Kingdom

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Certificate: 12

Length: 440 mins

Format: DVD+Blu-ray

Region: Region 2

Released: 7 April 2014

Cat No: 7953814

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Languages(s): English
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The Complete and Utter History of Britain

Cast: Michael Palin , Terry Jones , Diana Quick , Colin Gordon , Roddy Maude-Roxby , Wallas Eaton , Melinda May

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The surviving episodes from the 1969 comedy sketch show written by and starring Michael Palin and Terry Jones. The premise of the show... Read More

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The surviving episodes from the 1969 comedy sketch show written by and starring Michael Palin and Terry Jones. The premise of the show was to imagine how history may have been recorded had television been around throughout the centuries. The sketches include Richard the Lionheart bragging about what he got up to in the Crusades, William the Conqueror reflecting on a battle in the manner of a football manager post-game and the thoughts of a commentator, Professor Weaver (Roddy Maude-Roxby).

Before Monty Python and Ripping Yarns, there was The Complete and Utter History of Britain. Written by and starring comedy legends Michael Palin and Terry Jones, The New (In)Complete Complete and Utter History of Britain (12) includes the two surviving episodes, along with unseen footage. For the first time, the two existing episodes can be seen as recorded and as transmitted, plus a new 50­minute feature with brand new linking material by Palin and Jones, and unseen series footage from Terry Jones’ personal archives. Shown in 1969, the same year that Python became part of the national consciousness, this series takes a typically skewed look at British history – and reports it as if television had been around to cover it at the time. A notable influence on television comedy, this series fed directly into the work they did for Monty Python’s Flying Circus.

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