The Complete and Utter History of Britain DVD+Blu-ray
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Directed by Various (TV)
Produced in 1969
Main Language - English
Countries & Regions - British Film
Written by and starring Michael Palin and Terry Jones, The Complete and Utter History of Britain was among a handful of series that formed a template for Monty Python’s Flying Circus.
The series offered a typically Pythonesque look at British history – as if television had been around to cover events as they unfolded. Thus we find Richard the Lionheart relating his exploits in the Crusades in the manner of a laddish holidaymaker and William the Conquerer engaging in post-match analysis (following an unspectacular scuffle in which King Harold is finally felled by a baguette). Studio sketches and filmed inserts are interspersed with the meandering insights of historian Professor Weaver (Roddy Maude-Roxby), with links by faintly bemused continuity presenter Colin Gordon.
Sadly incomplete in the archives, this set contains all remaining episodes along with the film inserts which Terry Jones has kept safe for nearly fifty years.
Length: 440 mins
Format: DVD+Blu-ray Colour
Released: 7th April 2014
Cat No: 7953814
- 3 discs
- 50-minute feature containing new linking material by Palin and Jones
- Interview with producer Humphrey Barclay
- The first two episodes as transmitted (the only ones still to exist)
- The first two episodes as recorded (includes untransmitted sketches)
- All existing film insert material
- Brand-new booklet by archive television historian Andrew Pixley
- Extensive image gallery
- Script and production paperwork PDFs.
by Barry Forshaw on 10th June 2014
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 N... Read on
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. Hide