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 New (Incomplete) Complete And Utter History Of Britain

The New (Incomplete) Complete And Utter History Of Britain

Written by and starring Michael Palin and Terry Jones, The Complete And Utter History Of Britain was among a handful of series that formed a template for Monty Python's Flying Circus.

This series offered a typically Pythonesque look at British history - as if television had been around to cover events as they unfolded. Thus we find Richard the Lionheart relating his exploits in the Crusades in the manner of a laddish holidaymaker and William the Conquerer engaging in post-match analysis (following an unspectacular scuffle in which King Harold is finally felled by a baguette). Studio sketches and filmed inserts are interspersed with the meandering insights of historian Professor Weaver (Roddy Maude-Roxby), with links by faintly bemused continuity presenter Colin Gordon.

For the first time in any format, the two existing episodes can be seen as recorded and as transmitted, plus a new 50-minute feature with brand new linking material by Palin and Jones, and previously unseen series footage from Terry Jones's personal archives.

The set includes:
50-minute feature containing new linking material by Palin and Jones
Interview with producer Humphrey Barclay
The first two episodes as transmitted (the only ones still to exist)
The first two episodes as recorded (includes some different sketches to those that were transmitted)
All existing film insert material used throughout the series, kept safe by Terry Jones for over 40 years
Brand new booklet by archive television historian Andrew Pixley
Extensive image gallery
Script and production paperwork PDFs

Only existing incompletely in the archive, Palin and Jones revisited this series in 2013 and recorded new material to link the best of the existing material into a completely new feature: The New (In)Complete Complete and Utter History of Britain 2013!

The set comprises of three discs: one Blu-ray, containing the entirety of the content, and for non-HD viewers, the content also spread over two standard DVDs.

First released: Monday 7th April 2014

  • Distributor: Network
  • Region: B
  • Discs: 3
  • Catalogue: 7953814

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