Eric Idle

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1979: Terry Jones, star of Monty Python’s Flying Circus directed and starred in Monty Python’s Life Of Brian. Photograph: Evening Standard/Getty Images

What The Beatles were to British music, Monty Python were to British comedy and it is no great stretch to view founding member Terry Jones, who has di(...)

Terry Jones: the Monty Python comedian suffered from primary progressive aphasia, which affects the ability to communicate. Photograph: Myung Jung Kim/PA

The Monty Python star Terry Jones has died at the age of 77. The actor and comedian, who had dementia, directed some of the comedy troupe’s most-loved(...)

 Neil Innes collaborated with Monty Python and played with The Rutles. Photograph: Luke Ford/PA Wire

Monty Python collaborator and Rutles singer Neil Innes has died at the age of 75, his agent has confirmed. The comedian and musician died unexpectedl(...)

Monty Python’s Flying Circus: the group first appeared on the BBC on October 5th, 1969. Photograph: BBC

In a memo sent in 1969, the BBC head of comedy seems to have lost his sense of humour. “Please will you have a word with the writers?” said Michael Mi(...)

Terry Jones, John Cleese, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam dressed as Gumbys. Photograph: Thane Bruckland/PA

They return – it would appear – to a time where no one is the messiah but there is no shortage of naughty boys. Fifty years after the first broadcast(...)

Fortieth-anniversary rerelease: Graham Chapman in Monty Python’s Life of Brian

MICHAEL PALIN Actor, writer We were on a publicity tour in Amsterdam for Monty Python and the Holy Grail when Eric Idle came up with the title Jesus (...)

A scene from Monty Python’s Life of Brian.

Unseen sketches from Monty Python have been discovered in the archives of Michael Palin. The comedy group - containing Palin, Graham Chapman, John C(...)

 Robin Williams:  always reaching out for that ‘little extra hug you can only get from strangers’

Looking back, it’s extraordinary to see how many times Robin Williams was asked to explain his thought processes. There was never an easy answer. In o(...)

Joely Fisher, half-sister to Carrie Fisher, arrives  at a memorial service at the homes of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher in Los Angeles on Thursday. Photograph: Reed Saxon/AP

Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds have been laid to rest at a funeral in Los Angeles, where the ashes of the Star Wars actress were carried(...)

‘Reign’: they should really call the show ‘Dawson’s Keep’

Aidan Power arrives into town, much like Papa Lazarou from The League of Gentleman or Pennywise the clown from It, and makes families compete against (...)

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