By Alex Lauer / June 26, 2019

New Monty Python Specials In the Works With “Never-Before-Released Material”

Michael Palin is producing the radio series for the troupe’s 50th anniversary

New Monty Python Radio Special for 50th Anniversary
The 50th anniversary specials include material cut from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”
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What are you doing to celebrate Monty Python’s 50th anniversary this fall? Banging two empty halves of coconut together? Going to and from work utilizing only silly walks? Heading to your local cheese shop that is inexplicably out of cheese? 

Here’s a better idea: Tune in to the British comedy troupe’s five brand new radio specials. Sir Michael Palin — one of the core members along with John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and the late Graham Chapman — will executive produce the series which will feature “never-before-released material from the Monty Python sound archives,” according to the BBC

What can you expect from the new shows? Fans have already been treated to box sets with bonus content and anniversary editions of classic films like Monty Python and the Holy Grail, so what else is there that people haven’t heard?

“Join Michael to find out what John’s mother thought about her care home, the extra unpleasant things that were planned for Eric’s Brave Sir Robin, what exactly Terry Jones is so worried about, and why the infamous Fat Ignorant Bastards have never been more relevant to the world today,” the producers said, according to Variety.

Those clues, as Monty Python disciples are well aware, are references to movies like Holy Grail and the group’s breakout sketch comedy series Monty Python’s Flying Circus

These new radio specials, and the anniversary itself, mark 50 years since the debut of Flying Circus on BBC One in October 1969. As such, they will premiere on BBC Radio in September. Afterwards, they will be available on Sirius XM in the U.S.

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