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BFI Finds Lost Monty Python Skits in Sir David Frost's Archives

By Matt Hill on at

After almost 50 years in the "not being able to watch it" wilderness, episodes of Monty Python forerunner At Last The 1948 Show, which was broadcast live by ITV, have been unearthed.

The influential, and really still quite funny, 1967 comedy series starred future Pythons John Cleese and Graham Chapman, alongside Goodie Tim Brooke-Taylor. It was the first home of "And now for something completely different…" and the Four Yorkshiremen, and is considered the catalyst for Monty Python forming in 1969.

The big telly find was uncovered by the British Film Institute's TV consultant Dick "Three" Fiddy (that may not be his actual nickname), who came across the footage on two reels of 16mm film recorded direct from a TV when digging around the late Sir David Frost's production archives. Until now, only the audio recording had survived.

The two recovered episodes will be presented by Cleese at the BFI's annual Missing Believed Wiped event on December 7th in London. [BBC]