The surreal and anarchic humour of two of the individuals behind comedy troupe MONTY PYTHON’S FLYING CIRCUS is on display in the much-loved schoolboy annual spoofs THE COMPLETE RIPPING YARNS starring comedy legends Michael Palin (HIMALAYA/LIFE OF BRIAN/TIME BANDITS) and Terry Jones (MEDIEVAL LIVES/LIFE OF BRIAN/HOLY GRAIL & THE CRUSADES).

All nine episodes from the complete series have been digitally restored and this DVD package comes with an assortment of delightful extras which have never been seen before in any format courtesy of Network.

This two-disc set comes in mock ‘Boys Own’ annual packaging.

First transmitted in 1977 on the BBC, these tall tales from the mischievous minds of Palin and Terry are what these comedians went on to do after PYTHON.

TOMKINSON’S SCHOOLDAYS:

Set in the frontier days of British education, when upper lips were stiff with cold and corporal punishment was an A-level. A savage, searing indictment of something or other

THE TESTING OF ERIC OLTHWAITE:

A boy becomes a man in the harsh world of the Depression. The rough, tough story of folk who couldn’t afford to go on the Jarrow March

ESCAPE FROM STALAG LUFT 112B:

A tale of courage and valour behind the lines in the Kaiser’s Germany. An inspiring story of camp life and a British officer who wouldn’t lie down

MURDER AT THE MOORSTONES MANOR:

Hugo and Dora drive down to see Mumsie and Dadsie-pie for a long weekend in the country. But it turns out to be longer than they thought

THE CURSE OF THE CLAW:

The terrifying story of a man who dabbled in the dark mysteries of the Orient, and lived to tell the tale. Or did he..?

ACROSS THE ANDES BY FROG:

The stirring story of one man and six frogs who tries to defy the world in the greatest gamble of all

WHINFREY’S LAST CASE:

Dashing, debonnaire Gerald Whinfrey saves his country twice a week. But in a 1913 a German plot to start the First World War without telling anybody coincides with his holiday. Where do Whinfrey’s priorities lie? Has he got any? A knockabout tale of international intrigue

GOLDEN GORDON:

A torrid tale of football fanaticism in the 1930s. Super-fan Gordon Ottershaw supports a team which hasn’t won a match for six years. But worse is to come and Gordon and his bicycle clips are re-united in a last desperate bid for glory and Bovril

ROGER OF THE RAJ:

Roger Bartlesham comes of age in a world of eighteen-course breakfasts and twelve servants per leg. But when the Great War breaks out Roger finds himself in a world of changing values and is forced by circumstances to the most despicable act known to the British army

Extras on THE COMPLETE RIPPING YARNS which will whet the palette of every comedy fan are:
• Commentaries by Michael Palin and Terry Jones for all 9 episodes
• Audience laughter-free tracks
• Deleted scene from 'Murder at Moorstones Manor'
• "Comic Roots : Michael Palin" a documentary from 1982 in which Michael returns to his Sheffield hometown
• "Black and Blue : Secrets" - a black comedy written by Michael Palin and Terry Jones unseen since 1973 and starring Warren Mitchell
• Michael Palin's original scripts PDF
• Stills gallery
• Commemorative booklet

An innovative body of divinely funny satirical stories from two of the comedy world’s most anarchic-minded individuals, THE COMPLETE RIPPING YARNS will have you in fits of laughter time and time again.

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