Monty Python: The Meaning Of Live. Image shows from L to R: Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, John Cleese, Terry Jones, Eric Idle. Copyright: Phil McIntyre Entertainment / Python (Monty) Pictures Ltd
Monty Python: The Meaning Of Live

Monty Python: The Meaning Of Live

  • TV documentary
  • Gold
  • 2014
  • 1 episode

Documentary focusing on the live shows by Monty Python, featuring rare backstage footage and new interviews. Features John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and more.

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John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Brian Cox, Stephen Hawking and Graham Chapman
Roger Graef and James Rogan
Jim Beach, Holly Gilliam, Hilary Rosen, Lucy Ansbro and Lindsay Jex

Monty Python: The Meaning of Live is an intimate and entertaining documentary that tells the story of Monty Python's ground-breaking live performances, and includes rarely seen footage from their earliest stage shows in 1971 and Live At The Hollywood Bowl in 1980.

The 90-minute film, co-directed by BAFTA award-winning Roger Graef OBE (The Secret Policeman's Ball) and James Rogan (Blog Wars), offers unprecedented access to the five surviving members of Monty Python.

Roger Graef's remarkable relationship with the Monty Python troupe dates back to the 1970s. He filmed rehearsals, backstage and performances of their 1976 Amnesty International benefit show for his fascinating and critically-acclaimed documentary Pleasure At Her Majesty's.

Roger was also been given unparalleled access to film behind-the-scenes in the run-up to Monty Python 2014 reunion show, Monty Python Live (Mostly). He follows these comic legends in the lead up to their first new stage show in over three decades. Roger's unique relationship with the Pythons has allowed him a rare insight into the nature of their collaboration and friendships. The documentary captures many entertaining and surprising moments, right up until the final curtain of their very last show.

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Monty Python


Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 13th November 2014 at 9pm on Gold
Episode length
100 minutes
Most recent repeats
  • Thursday 14th September 2017 at 10:20pm on Yesterday
  • Wednesday 13th September 2017 at 9:40pm on Yesterday
  • Monday 15th May 2017 at 2:15am on Gold

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