Graham Chapman gets an un-official blue plaque
A Blue Plaque to commemorate Graham Chapman, the late great Monty Python star, has been unveiled.
However, the memorial is not an official English Heritage Blue Plaque. Due to budget cuts, the official scheme were forced to drop plans to commemorate Chapman earlier this year, and so The British Comedy Society have stepped in to organise something instead.
Chapman's fellow Pythons, Terry Jones and Michael Palin, Python actress Carol Cleveland and other former colleagues attended the unveiling.
The plaque is located on Angel Inn in Highgate, North London. Barry Cryer, who hosted proceedings, said: "Graham was one of my best mates. We did an awful lot of writing together, but also an awful lot of drinking together. I think the pub is the perfect place to put the plaque. Very Graham, very silly."
The inscription reads: 'Graham Chapman, a very naughty boy, 8 January 1941 to 4 October 1989, comedian and writer, member of Monty Python's Flying Circus, drank here often and copiously'.
The British Comedy Society has previously honoured comedians including Tony Hancock, Kenneth Williams and Frankie Howerd. BCS chairman Gareth Hughes says: "Monty Python were like the Beatles of comedy. A group of writer-performers who changed the rules and conquered the world. Graham in many ways represented the lunatic spirit of Python, so it's entirely appropriate that he should be celebrated with a BCS blue plaque on the side of his local pub."
The life and times of Graham Chapman will also be honoured in the upcoming cinema release of A Liar's Autobiography - The Untrue Story Of Monty Python's Graham Chapman. Featuring archive audio recordings of Chapman alongside new voice work by John Cleese, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam, the animated film will receive its UK premiere at the London Film Festival in October and will be released nationwide in the UK on 25th January 2013.
Below is a trailer for the film:
Ricky Wilson is to host a new music-based panel show for Sky1. Katherine Ryan will be a regular panellist. Read
Michael Socha and Michaela Coel will lead the cast of Aliens, E4's comic drama about a group of extra-terrestrials. Read
Susan Calman has signed a deal to write her first book, about living and coping with depression. Read
The world famous Royal Albert Hall is launching a series of late night gigs in its Elgar Room. Full details: Read
Rebecca Root and Harry Hepple talk about taking on the lead roles in the BBC's new sitcom Boy Meets Girl. Read
Writer Jeff Pope introduces BBC series Cradle To Grave, and we hear from some of the key cast members too. Read
A new Al Murray sitcom is in development, which would see his Pub Landlord character become an MP. Read
Controversial comedian Dapper Laughs is to release his own live stand-up DVD later this year. Read
Sam Simmons, Sofie Hagen and Karen Koren's Gilded Balloon have won the 2015 Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards. Read
Michael Brunström, Matt Roper and Laurence Owen were the winners of the Malcolm Hardee Awards 2015. Read
Luke McQueen's Fringe show is all about how he was in a double act with Jack Whitehall. He got a surprise. Watch
Luca Cupani has been named as the winner of the 2015 So You Think You're Funny? competition final. Read
The BBC is to dramatise the story of how writers Jimmy Perry and David Croft made Dad's Army. Read
Justin Edwards, Mel Giedroyc and Jim Howick are set to star in new Radio 4 show Bun Club. Read