The Complete and Utter History of Britain DVD+Blu-ray

aka The Complete and Utter History of Britain, Various (TV), 1969


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Film Details

Directed by Various (TV)

Produced in 1969

Main Language - English

Countries & Regions - British Film

Film Description

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.

DVD+Blu-ray Details

Certificate: 12

Publisher: Network

Length: 440 mins

Format: DVD+Blu-ray Colour

Region: 0

Released: 7th April 2014

Cat No: 7953814

DVD+Blu-ray Extras

  • 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.

Community Reviews

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


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