Monty Python: Almost the Truth

Series 1 - 1. The Not-So-Exciting Beginnings

The Not-So-Exciting Beginnings
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Radio Times
Review by:
Mark Braxton

In recent years there have been enough Python retrospectives to fill a cheese shop. But while it may not be something completely different, this six-parter has the virtue of interviews with all the surviving members of the Flying Circus troupe (plus archive of Chapman). Curiously, it was made in 2009 for the 40th anniversary of the TV series, but only a one-hour Lawyer’s Cut was screened by BBC2.

In part one, Cleese, Palin, Jones, Idle and Gilliam recount their pre-1969 years, and how the rules of television were squelched by a gigantic Renaissance foot. Clips and commentary from other comedy colossi complete the package.

About this programme

1/6. A history of the comedy troupe, beginning with how its members originally met. Surviving members John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam discuss their upbringings following the Second World War and the roots of their careers in comedy.

Cast and crew


John Cleese
Michael Palin
Eric Idle
Terry Jones
Terry Gilliam