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.

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Series 2, Episode 2 - Golden Gordon

Ripping Yarns. Gordon Ottershaw (Michael Palin). Copyright: BBC
A rare look at football fanaticism in the 1930s. Superfan Gordon Ottershaw supports a team that has not won a match for six years. But worse is to come. Will their tragedy bring Gordon's triumph? Or not? These are some of the questions this film hopes to answer. Or not.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 17th October 1979
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 26th February 2018 11:40pm Yesterday
Tuesday 27th February 2018 9:40pm Yesterday
Thursday 5th July 2018 11:40pm Yesterday
Friday 6th July 2018 9:40pm Yesterday
Saturday 6th May 2023 10:30pm BBC4

Cast & crew

Guest cast
Michael Palin Gordon Ottershaw
Gwen Taylor Mrs. Ottershaw
Bill Fraser Mr. Foggen
Teddy Turner Chairman
David Leland Football Manager
John Berlyne Barnstoneworth
Ken Kitson Cyril
Roger Sloman 'Baldy' Davitt
David Ellison 1st Footballer
Colin Bennett 2nd Footballer
Matthew Scurfield 3rd Footballer
Charles McKeown Goalkeeper
John Cleese Passer-by
Pat Taylor Mrs. Foggen
Margot Lawson Chairman's Wife
Tom Harrison Man in Social Club
Danny O'Dea Man at Gum Factory
Burt Brooks Man at Gum Factory
Charles Marcelle Shepherd
Arthur Fortune Porter
Gillian McClements Nurse
Dickie Arnold Man in Wheelchair
Peter Graham Boy Behind Goal
Ken Hastwell Gravedigger
Writing team
Michael Palin Writer
Terry Jones Writer
Production team
Alan J. W. Bell Director
Alan J. W. Bell Producer
Sydney Lotterby Executive Producer
John Jarvis Editor
Gerry Scott Production Designer
Ian Hewitt (as Ian Hewett) Graphics

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