BFI Southbank marks the 50th anniversary of comedy group Monty Python

In September, BFI Southbank marks the 50th anniversary of the beloved comedy group Monty Python with a month-long season IT’S… MONTY PYTHON AT 50.

The season will explore Python’s roots, influences and subsequent work both as a group, and as individuals, including screenings of post-Python TV including Fawlty Towers, Out of the Trees and Ripping Yarns.

Jabberwocky, A Fish Called Wanda and Wind in the Willows are some of the films that will be screened as well as oddities and rarities from the BFI National Archive.

The season, which takes place from September 1 – October 1 forms part of the anniversary celebrations of the comedy group, whose seminal series Monty Python’s Flying Circus first broadcast on October 5, 1969.

There will be rare screenings of pre-Python shows At Last, the 1948 Show and Do Not Adjust Your Set.

Reflecting on the legacy and approaching celebrations, the Pythons said: “Python has survived because we live in an increasingly Pythonesque world.

“Extreme silliness seems more relevant now than it ever was.”

IT’S… MONTY PYTHON AT 50 programmers Justin Johnson and Dick Fiddy said: “We are delighted to share what is undoubtedly one of the most absurd seasons ever presented by the BFI, but even more delighted that it has been put together with help from the Pythons themselves and marked with their golden stamp of silliness.

“With this 50th anniversary season, the Pythons are now fully recognised as being 100 per cent respectable and we guarantee that BFI Southbank will be home to thoroughly decent British vulgarity and comic irreverence from September 1 to October 1, after which time we will go back to only playing titles with Le, La or Les in front of them.”

In addition to the BFI Southbank season, further 50th anniversary will include a BBC takeover, the release of the fully restored Monty Python’s Flying Circus series, a series of new Monty Python radio programmes executive-produced by Michael Palin, and a world record attempt for the Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Gumbys.

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