Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus!
Henning Wehn looks at the story behind Monty Python's attempt to make their sketch show in Germany
- BBC Radio 4
- Henning Wehn, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Alfred Biokek, Thomas Woitkewitsch, Neil Innes, Bastian Pastewka and Melilla Arensberg
- Jo Meek and Marvin Close
This year marks the 40th anniversary of one of the Monty Python team's most bizarre and least-known television adventures: two 45-minute specials they made exclusively for German television.
Henning hears from Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Alfred Biokek - the man who persuaded them to take their comedy to Germany - about how they came up with the material for these special versions, hears clips from both programmes, and asks whether "Pythonesque" really works when translated into German.
Roll up - it's Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus! This is the extraordinary tale of when the Pythons went Bavarian.