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two recovered episodes of "At Last the 1948 Show" at BFI London Dec 7th
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British ComedyTwo episodes of "At Last the 1948 Show" will be screened as part of  BFI's "Missing Believed Wiped" evening in London on Sunday, December 7.  John Cleese will be on hand to present the two programmes, in which he starred (and co-wrote) along with Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graham Chapman, Marty Feldman, and "The Lovely Aimi Macdonald".

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Found: two long-lost comedies featuring Monty Pythons
'Long-lost' comedy episodes showing the beginning of Monty Python's most famous catchphrases discovered in David Frost's collection

Two “missing” episodes of classic British comedy, showing the foundations of Monty Python’s most famous works and thought to have been lost forever, have been discovered in the personal collection of Sir David Frost.

The scenes, which were believed to have been permanently wiped from the records, feature John Cleese, Graham Chapman and are thought to show the birthplace of one of Monty Pythons most famous catchphrases.

Described as a “crucial” find, the episodes also show the beginnings of a new generation of British comedy, and were used as a training ground for Tim Brooke-Taylor, Marty Feldman, and Aimi Macdonald.

Filmed in 1967, the episodes of At Last the 1948 Show stars "the lovely" Macdonald as a presenter between sketches, who utters the words, “And now for something completely different...”.

The continuity announcement cliché went on to become a recurring motif for Monty Python

The two episodes, the first and last ever broadcast of the ITV show, have been rediscovered by experts at the BFI, who were invited to view the collection of the late Sir David.

He had been executive producer of At Last the 1948 Show, and had kept two reels of 16mm filmed directly from a television screen.

The shows have now been loaned to the BFI by the Frost family, and will be broadcast for the first time in decades in December, during a special evening presented by John Cleese.

Neither episode, the opening show of the first series and the final show of the second series, have been seen since their original broadcast in 1967.

Originally, only two episodes of the series were thought to have survived, but a comprehensive search of personal collections has now uncovered nine of the 13 programmes. All are now stored safely at the BFI National Collection of Film and Television.

Dick Fiddy, BFI television consultant who was invited to view the material by the Frost family, said, “This latest recovery is a crucial find. It represents a key moment in the history of British television comedy featuring the combined talents of some of its greatest exponents.

“These gifted comedians, all in their 20s and 30s, were let off the leash and allowed to experiment with style and content, resulting in shows which have had an enduring influence on comedy worldwide.

“Even very recently the famous ‘Four Yorkshiremen’ sketch - which originated on At Last the 1948 Show - was used as the opener for the Python’s stage shows at the 02 and had been performed previously by the team in galas such as the Secret Policeman’s Ball.

“Cleese, Feldman, Brooke-Taylor and Chapman, created, scripted and starred in the 1948 Show and the fact that the show remains very, very funny 47 years later is a tribute to their extraordinary abilities.”

The BFI added it is a “major find for fans of the extraordinary early flowering of surreal, British television comedy which led to the creation of the Monty Python programmes two years later”.

John Cleese will present the two programmes at BFI Southbank, London SE1 on Sunday, December 7, as part of the BFI’s annual celebration of newly recovered television programmes, Missing Believed Wiped.

Posted by lisa at 23/10/2014 20:47 GMT
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New website articles for October
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The Goodies * Magnus Magnesium Goodies Quiz:

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Posted by bretta at 01/10/2014 05:22 GMT
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New website articles for September
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The Goodies New articles available for September:

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Posted by bretta at 01/09/2014 05:37 GMT
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New website articles for August
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The Goodies New website articles for August:

Magnus Magnesium Goodies Quiz

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Posted by bretta at 31/07/2014 01:43 GMT
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BBC iPlayer link for ISIHAC Series 61 Episode 4
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British ComedyThis week's new episode of BBC Radio 4's "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" (with Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, Barry Cryer, Jack Dee, and Harry Hill) is available on the BBC iPlayer at

Please note that most BBC Radio shows, including ISIHAC, are available to listen online outside the UK. There may be issues using some devices; please consult the BBC Radio Help pages (such as for more information.

Posted by lisa at 23/07/2014 15:47 GMT
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ISIHAC Series 61 Episode 3
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British ComedyToday's new episode of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" is available on the BBC iPlayer at

Posted by lisa at 14/07/2014 21:01 GMT
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ISIHAC Series 61 Episodes 1 & 2 on BBC iPlayer
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British ComedyThe new series of Tim & Graeme's radio show "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" started last Monday. Here's a link to the first episode, which is still available on the BBC iPlayer:

...and here is the link for this week's episode of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" (Series 61 episode 2):

Posted by lisa at 11/07/2014 21:13 GMT
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Bill spottings for June
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Bill's Nature Shows News spottings for Bill Oddie in June:

TV star Bill Oddie launches photo competition
11th June

TV celeb Bill Oddie to appear in Clitheroe
12th June

Twitch off the TV, Bill Oddie is heading here
13th June

Bill Oddie launches campaign to stop 'massive massacre' of migratory birds on Malta
16th June

British bases must stamp out bird trapping, says star Bill Oddie
17th June

Bill Oddie calls on holidaymakers to back bird shoot ban
19th June

TV star Bill Oddie visits Doncaster’s Yorkshire Wildlife Park
22nd June

Bill Oddie drawings are among ‘black dog’ art show at North Walsham and Sheringham tackling stigma of mental illness
24th June

Halesworth: Ambassador Bill backs charity’s new Great Garden Give campaign
27th June

Will you donate money to save the rainforest?
27th June

Gardeners pledge their plots to World Land Trust as charity launches Great Garden Give campaign to save threatened habitats
29th June

Photo gallery: Bill Oddie rivals Dolly Parton as thousands flock to South End Green Festival 2014
30th June

Posted by bretta at 30/06/2014 05:33 GMT
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Further news spottings of Bill
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Bill's Nature Shows Some recent news articles on Bill:

Bill Oddie to speak at Shepreth Wildlife Park
20th May

Let children trespass and start fires, say Springwatch's Packham and Oddie
20th May

Bird lover Bill Oddie heading towards Newquay in Love Your Zoo week
27th May

BBC Springwatch presenter Bill Oddie visits Shepreth Wildlife Park on its 30th anniversary
30th May

Posted by bretta at 02/06/2014 04:49 GMT
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"Kitten Kong" repeat on BBC Two Saturday, 31 May
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The GoodiesThe Goodies episode "Kitten Kong" is being repeated on BBC Two on Saturday, 31 May!

Posted by lisa at 25/05/2014 02:27 GMT
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