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Richard Osman: ‘I am obsessed with class. Class is everything and we don’t talk about it nearly enough’

Richard Osman has been on our telly for only a little over a decade. Originally a producer, he decided to sit in on a demonstration when pitching a qu(...)

 Love, ridden by jockey Ryan Moore, winning the Oaks at Epsom. Photograph:  Dan Abraham/PA

This year’s Epsom Oaks was a moral for our times. It was the triumph of Love, as expected, with a filly of that name justifying pre-race favouritism ((...)

Inane: John Cleese’s remarks have started to take the gloss off his comedy standing. Photograph: James D Morgan/Getty

Near the top of the list of people who should never have been let near Twitter stands John Cleese. Before social media he was regarded, in I(...)

Fawlty Towers: the famous ‘Don’t mention the war’ episode has been removed from UKTV because it contains ‘racial slurs’

The famous ‘don’t mention the war’ episode of classic 1970s sitcom Fawlty Towers has been removed from a streaming service because it contains “racial(...)

The deliberations of the People’s Front of Judea in Life of Brian. An irritated Reg has to concede that the Romans  in fact gave the Judeans aqueducts, sanitation, roads, irrigation, medicine, education, wine, public baths and law and order

As the European Union waves goodbye to Britain when it exits the bloc on Friday night, let us reflect on what the concept of Britishness means on this(...)

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(...)

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