Ripping Yarns. Michael Palin. Copyright: BBC.

Ripping Yarns

BBC Two sitcom adventures. 9 episodes (pilot + 2 series), 1976 - 1979. Stars Michael Palin.

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

Ripping Yarns

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

1976 - 1979
9   (1 pilot + 2 series)
Michael Palin
Michael Palin and Terry Jones
Jim Franklin

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.

Production Details

Production company
Also known as
  • Tomkinson's Schooldays (Original special title)
Laugh track
Recorded at screening

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Tuesday 27th September 1977 on BBC Two at 9pm
Last new broadcast
Wednesday 24th October 1979 on BBC Two at 9:25pm
Length of episodes
30 minutes
Last repeat
Thursday 4th October 2018 at 12:15am on Yesterday

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