Ripping Yarns. Michael Palin. Copyright: BBC
Ripping Yarns

Ripping Yarns

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC Two
  • 1976 - 1979
  • 9 episodes (2 series)

Series of comic plays written by Pythons Terry Jones and Michael Palin.

Ripping Yarns. Image shows from L to R: The Headmaster (Michael Palin), Mr. Ellis (Terry Jones). Copyright: BBC

Key details

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
1976 - 1979
Channels
BBC Two
Episodes
9 (1 pilot + 2 series)
Star
Michael Palin
Writers
Michael Palin and Terry Jones
Director
Jim Franklin
Companies

Inspired by the adventurous tales of old, Terry Jones and Michael Palin present for your entertainment and amazement, nine blistering tales of adventure, heroicism, derring-do, and danger.

From the foothills of the Andes to Maidenhead; and from the jewel of the British Empire to the heart of Yorkshire, these yarns - inspired by the Boys' Own adventure stories of old and set mainly in the early 1900s, promise to delight, shock and enthral in equal measure.

Marvel as Roger of the Raj defends himself against the Empire's greatest scourge; swoon as Whinfrey puts a halt to the Kaiser's fiendish plans; celebrate as Gordon sees his team to victory; and recoil at the horrors awaiting any young chap enrolled by his parents at the notorious Graybridge School.

Additional details

Also known as
  • Tomkinson's Schooldays (Original special title)
Production
Location
Camera set-up
Single camera
Picture
Colour

Website links

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Tuesday 27th September 1977 at 9pm on BBC Two
Most recent repeats

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