Alexander Armstrong's Real Ripping Yarns. Image shows from L to R: Michael Palin, Alexander Armstrong. Copyright: BBC
Alexander Armstrong's Real Ripping Yarns

Alexander Armstrong's Real Ripping Yarns

  • TV documentary
  • BBC Four
  • 2014
  • 1 episode

Alexander Armstrong explores the literature that inspired Michael Palin and Terry Jones's classic comedy anthology series, Ripping Yarns. Features Alexander Armstrong, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Matthew Grenby, Dennis Butts and more.

Key details

Genre
Documentary
Broadcast
2014
Channels
BBC Four
Episodes
1
Features
Alexander Armstrong, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Matthew Grenby, Dennis Butts, Kim Reynolds, Peter Wothers, Honor Beddard and Max Jones
Director
Mary Crisp
Producers
Mary Crisp, Tara Duffy and Mark Freeland
Companies

Alexander Armstrong looks at the literature that inspired Michael Palin and Terry Jones's classic TV comedy Ripping Yarns, the loving parody of the Boys' Own books and magazines of their childhood.

Featuring clips from Ripping Yarns, archive and interviews with experts, modern-day adventurers and Palin and Jones's own memories.

In this affectionate and entertaining film Armstrong celebrates a long-lost slice of Britishness.

Additional details

Production
Studio
Picture
Colour

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 3rd April 2014 at 9pm on BBC Four
Episode length
1 hour
Most recent repeats
  • Thursday 21st December 2017 at 11:40pm on BBC4
  • Wednesday 8th March 2017 at 1:55am on BBC4
  • Tuesday 22nd March 2016 at 1:30am on BBC4

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