Monty Python: The Meaning of Live documentary coming to Gold

Bafta-winning director Roger Graef OBE has been given unprecedented access to John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin to make a one-off film


The ultimate Monty Python documentary is heading our way as Gold announced today that it has commissioned a 90-minute film, with Bafta-winning Roger Graef OBE in the director’s seat.


Graef (The Secret Policeman’s Ball, The Truth About Adoption) has been given unprecedented access to the five surviving members of Monty Python: John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin. How he’ll cut it down to 90 minutes is another matter…

Although, Graef is no stranger to life with the troupe, filming rehearsals, backstage and performances of their 1976 Amnesty benefit show for critically-acclaimed documentary Pleasure At Her Majesty’s.

There’ll be rarely seen footage in the new documentary from 1971 shows and 1980’s Live at the Hollywood Bowl. Of course, there’ll also be heaps of action from the run-up to this year’s Monty Python reunion show, Monty Python Live (mostly) – One Down Five to Go.

Graef says, “I’m delighted to be working with the Pythons again. The treat of sharing their reunion and the audience’s enthusiasm is caught in our footage.

“It’s the Pythons as never seen before, and will never be seen again.”

Gold recently teamed up with Pythons, with its first ever broadcast of a live event, which became the channel’s highest ever rated show.

In addition to the documentary a five-part series, Monty Python’s Best Bits (mostly) will shine a light on Monty Python’s most imaginative sketches. It will include footage from their TV series and insights from some of the biggest names in comedy with the likes of Jim Carrey, Tracey Ullman, Mike Myers, Chevy Chase, Stephen Fry, Matt Lucas, Simon Pegg, Steve Coogan, Eddie Izzard, and Mike Myers already confirmed to appear. 


An air date for the documentary has yet to be released