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It’s… Monty Python at 50

September 2019

Join us to celebrate half a century of absurdity, songs, jokes and genius, from Britain’s best-loved comedic sextet.

Introduction by season programmers Dick Fiddy and Justin Johnson

Monty Python at 50



Python Influences

The people and shows that inspired the comedy sextet

Pre-Python Picks

Recovered footage of early appearances

Oddities and rarities

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Post-Python Picks

You can’t keep a good joke down...


Displays from the BFI Archive

  • Monty Python Explodes!

    Monty Python Explodes!

    This exhibition includes never-before-seen materials from the BFI National Archive and the Monty Python Archive.


In 1969 John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Graham Chapman took one small silly walk for man, but one surreal leap for comedy when they unleashed their brilliant sketch show, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, on an unsuspecting British public. The iconic TV series launched stage shows, films, numerous albums, books and musicals, and half a century later, ripples still emanate from that splash, with many modern-day practitioners citing the Pythons as an influence. With programming input from the Pythons themselves, we celebrate the ingenious sextet with the largest and silliest celebration of the original show and its many roots, branches and offshoots. Albatross.

Dick Fiddy and Justin Johnson


See our families’ screening of Time Bandits, our library display on Monty Python, and a special Mediatheque collection.


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