The Complete And Utter History Of Britain. Image shows from L to R: Terry Jones, Michael Palin. Copyright: London Weekend Television.

The Complete And Utter History Of Britain

ITV sketch show charting British history. 6 episodes (1 series) in 1969. Stars Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Colin Gordon, Roddy Maude-Roxby and others.

The Complete And Utter History Of Britain. Terry Jones. Copyright: London Weekend Television.

The Complete And Utter History Of Britain

Terry Jones and Michael Palin's first TV show alone. Sketch series telling the 'complete and utter' history of Britain

Genre
Sketch Show
Broadcast
1969
Channel
ITV
Episodes
6   (1 series)
Starring
Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Colin Gordon, Roddy Maude-Roxby, Wallas Eaton, Melinda May, Diana Quick, Ted Carson and others
Writers
Terry Jones and Michael Palin
Director
Maurice Murphy
Producer
Humphrey Barclay

Serious students of British history; scholars and academicians are strongly advised to watch this series of programmes. They are not likely to feel the same about their subject afterwards. The Complete And Utter... takes, shall we say, a slightly idiosyncratic view of our noble heritage.

The writers of this unauthentic version of Albion in all perfidity are Michael Palin and Terry Jones, who also star in each episode. The series also features Wallas Eaton in a multitude of roles.

Across six weeks these three actors and a 'barmy army of all shapes and sizes' appear in hundreds of different guises ranging from all the Roman Army or prehistoric men to King Canute - remember his eventful visit to the seaside? - and Julius Caesar.

Production Details

Production company
Also known as
  • The Entire History Of England (Working title)
  • The (In)Complete And Utter History Of Britain (DVD release)
Picture
Black and white
Laugh track
Live audience

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Sunday 12th January 1969 on ITV at 10:45pm
Last new broadcast
Sunday 16th February 1969 on ITV at 10:45pm
Length of episodes
30 minutes

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