Monty Python’s Flying Circus Premieres October 18 at 11:30 pm During Network’s "Python-A-Thon"
New York, NY – October 5, 2009 – Expanding on its celebration of the world’s most iconic comedy troupe, IFC announced today that Monty Python’s Flying Circus, the original sketch comedy show that redefined the face of comedy forty years ago, will join the network’s "Python-a-thon" week and continue airing through 2010. The network acquired all four seasons of the series (45 episodes) directly from Python (Monty) Pictures Ltd.
During "Python-a-thon," IFC will air one episode of its Original six-part docu-series Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer’s Cut) each night from 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT, October 18-23. Following each original episode, IFC will present a feature Python film such as Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Monty Python’s Life of Brian or Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT, and an episode of Monty Python’s Flying Circus at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT.
IFC will air all thirteen episodes from the show’s first season through the remainder of 2009 on Mondays at 7:30 p.m. and Fridays at 11:00 p.m., unedited and uncut. Seasons two through four will begin airing in their entirety on IFC in 2010.
Forty years ago, Monty Python’s Flying Circus aired its premiere episode on BBC TV, igniting a comedic revolution. Setting the bar for satire, slapstick, and outright silliness, The Pythons have since elevated themselves to iconic status, from comedy troupe to cultural phenomenon. IFC is now the U.S. destination for Monty Python’s dead parrots, cross-dressing lumberjacks, loonies, upper class twits, and spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, and spam, as well as such signature sketches as the Ministry of Silly Walks, The Spanish Inquisition, The Fish-Slapping Dance, The Cheese Shop, The Argument Clinic, and Nudge, Nudge, Wink, Wink, Know What I Mean?
"The addition of Flying Circus completes IFC’s ’Python-a-thon’ celebrating The Monty Python troupe and their indelible mark on comedy and entertainment," said Jennifer Caserta, executive vice president and general manager, IFC. "We are thrilled to be the exclusive home of this amazing presentation and are committed to providing viewers with even more hilarious Python comedy into 2010."
IFC will pay further tribute to Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin when the network hosts a historic Python reunion and a special screening of the theatrical version of Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer’s Cut) on October 15 at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City. The theatrical version features interviews and footage culled from the six-hour documentary presented in 111 minutes.
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