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Post-Python Picks

Fawlty Towers

+ Ripping Yarns + Out of the Trees

Three series that tickled TV viewers in the 70s and inspired countless other shows.

Image from Fawlty Towers + Ripping Yarns + Out of the Trees

BBC 1975
Dirs John Howard Davies, Bob Spiers
With John Cleese, Connie Booth, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs

Post-Python, John Cleese co-wrote and delivered this legendary sitcom that proved a global smash hit and achieved cult status.

+ Ripping Yarns

BBC 1976
Dirs Terry Hughes, Jim Franklin, Alan JW Bell
With Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Charles McKeown

Palin and Jones turned to boy’s-own adventure stories for inspiration in their hilarious post-Python series, which told a different ‘ripping-good yarn’ per episode.

+ Out of the Trees

BBC 1976
Dirs Bernard Thompson, Ian MacNaughton
With Graham Chapman, Maria Aitken, Simon Jones, Mark Wing-Davey

Graham Chapman teamed up with Doctor Who writer Douglas Adams for a comedy series that never went beyond this pilot. Simon Jones and Mark Wing-Davey went on to star in Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.


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