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The story of Graham Chapman's history with the Monty Python team; how he met and started writing with John Cleese, his rise through the ranks writing The Frost Report, the glory years with the Pythons and his struggle to overcome his considerable drinking demons. And how the collective kindness of Messrs Cleese, Jones, Idle, Palin and Gilliam saved him from oblivion and gave him the lead in the two funniest British films of all time: Monty Python And The Holy Grail and Monty Python's Life Of Brian.

Told in a Pythonesque style, apparently Chapman was recruited into the RAF at birth and flew bombing missions over Germany in a pram; Cleese got into the Footlights by doing a rather peculiar walk; Chapman had to take a test to become an alcoholic; Cleese returned to a pet shop to sing the praises of a recently purchased budgie and Chapman discovered on his last day on earth that Death likes Spam and drives a Ford Anglia.

Written by Roy Smiles, whose previous work for Radio 4 includes Ying Tong - A Walk With The Goons and Good Evening (about Beyond The Fringe), Pythonesque is an affectionate tribute to a troubled, brilliant, kind man who was part of the funniest comedy team ever.

Producer: Liz Anstee
A CPL Production for BBC Radio 4.

Release date:

45 minutes

Last on

Fri 27 Jul 2012 14:15


Role Contributor
Eric IdleJames Lance
Terry GilliamJames Lance
Michael PalinMark Addis
Terry JonesMark Addis
WriterRoy Smiles
ProducerLiz Anstee