Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus.

Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus!

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

German comedy ambassador Henning Wehn tells the story of how a German Monty Python fan persuaded his heroes to bring their Flying Circus comedy adventures to his homeland.

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.

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Monty Python

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First broadcast
Saturday 7th May 2011 on BBC Radio 4 at 10:30am
Episode length
30 minutes
Last repeat
Saturday 5th October 2019 at 11:00pm on Radio 4 Extra

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