Before there was Monty Python and Ripping Yarns, there was The Complete and Utter History of Britain. Written by and starring comedy legends Michael Palin and Terry Jones, The New (In)Complete Complete and Utter History of Britain includes the two surviving episodes, along with never-seen-before footage available to own for the first time in any format. This DVD and Blu-ray set will be available to buy from 7 April 2014, RRP £19.99, courtesy of Network Distributing.
For the first time in any format, the two existing episodes can be seen as recorded and as transmitted, plus a new 50-minute feature with brand new linking material by inveterate globetrotter Michael Palin and his writing buddy, Welsh history-enthusiast Terry Jones, as well as previously unseen series footage excavated from Terry Jones’ personal archives.
Shown in 1969, the same year that Monty Python’s Flying Circus became part of the national consciousness, this series takes a typically skewed look at British history – and reports it as if television had been around to cover it at the time. A notable influence on television comedy, this series fed directly into the work they did with their fellow Pythons.
The (In)Complete Complete and Utter History of Britain is an absolute must for fans of British comedy, cult TV and all admirers of those very naughty boys Palin and Jones.