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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 Gilliam: the director said  David Attenborough is the only public figure he trusts. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/EPA

Terry Gilliam has said he disagrees with the way his friend and fellow Monty Python member John Cleese sees the world, following comments from the lat(...)

Polish film director Pawel Pawlikowski described Sarajevo as ‘hard to sleep in’, not just because of the parties but because it’s a mindf*ck of history’. Photograph: Fehim Demir/EPA

“Michael, Michael” they shouted, gesticulating wildly with three fingered salutes from the cheap seats at a red carpet event on Susan Sontag Square. (...)

Emma Forrest and actor Ben Mendelsohn. Photograph:  Pascal Le Segretain/Getty

In every city I’ve lived, my sister has been the one to set up the printer, testing it by printing me the lyrics to George Michael’s Freedom! ’90. I a(...)

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 (...)

Fawlty Towers: topped the Radio Times poll of British sitcoms. Photograph: PA

Fawlty Towers has been named as the greatest British sitcom of all time, by the Radio Times. The BBC comedy series set in a chaotic Torquay seaside h(...)

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