Michael Palin

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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 (...)

The expedition has now arrived simultaneously at Cape Disappointment, Delusion Point and Exasperation Bay. Photograph: iStock

One thing you can say for the whole Brexit story is that it is not like buying a piece of furniture in Ikea. You don’t have to construct the sardonic (...)

Bridget Jones’s pan-fried salmon with pine nut salsa

“My sister Tirza is a busy working woman and she has said to me, often, in the best possible way, ‘I’ll never cook your food, because I don’t have tim(...)

Olivia Cooke and Tom Bateman in Vanity Fair

We’ve had excellent female characters since the days of Chaucer, but these days it’s on the up. There’s the good (Jodie Whittaker as Doctor Who), the (...)

Camilla Cleese: “I don’t look like my dad,” she says. “Thank f***ing God.” Photograph: Melissa Lyttle/Washington Post

With just a hint of a smile, Camilla Cleese admits that the name of her Edinburgh fringe show is “the ultimate, shameless nepotism”. It’s called Produ(...)

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(...)

Jason Isaacs in The Death of Stalin

Russia’s culture ministry has withdrawn permission for the release of Armando Iannucci’s black comedy The Death of Stalin, after officials and top art(...)

Steve Buscemi and Jeffrey Tambor in The Death of Stalin

Is there anything so squishy as a philosophy to Armando Iannucci’s view of the administrative life? Only in the most oblique sense. In comedies such (...)

British writer and historian Jan Morris, at her home near the village of Llanystumdwy in Gwynedd, north Wales, in 2007. Morris has had a long and distinguished career as a journalist and writer and published more than 30 books. Photograph: Colin McPherson/Corbis via Getty Images

It has been a good year for British nonagenarians. Having celebrated their 90th birthdays in 2016, both David Attenborough and Queen Elizabeth were ce(...)

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