Monty Python: Almost the Truth

The Not-So-Exciting Beginnings

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



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.


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 & Crew

Contributor John Cleese
Contributor Michael Palin
Contributor Eric Idle
Contributor Terry Jones
Contributor Terry Gilliam
Documentary Arts