John Cleese

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Alison Steadman: 'I never thought I would live in such strange and scary times'
The actor is back from lockdown with two new dramas. She talks about her 50-year career, Boris Johnson and the joy of miaowing at John Cleese, while James Corden, Julia Davis and Mike Leigh pay tribute

Catherine Shoard

24, Sep, 2020 @9:00 AM

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Unbiased jokes at the BBC? We've heard that one before, director general
Writers remain sceptical of Tim Davie’s plan to overhaul comedy, and warn it will be impossible to deliver

Vanessa Thorpe

06, Sep, 2020 @6:22 AM

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Sydney Lotterby obituary
Producer and director of some of Britain’s greatest sitcoms, from The Likely Lads and Porridge to The Liver Birds and Yes Minister

Anthony Hayward

03, Aug, 2020 @4:46 PM

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John Cleese: Why There Is No Hope review – we're all idiots, says Mr Gloomy
In a global livestream, the former Python delivers alimony gags, a bit of PC-baiting – and an amusingly grumpy lecture on how nobody knows anything

Brian Logan

03, Aug, 2020 @11:11 AM

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Cancellation or censorship: should Chris Lilley's work and Australia's statues be gone with the wind?
Deciding what is ‘acceptable’ now, and what is not, is fraught – and somehow we need to find a way to discuss it

Gay Alcorn

12, Jun, 2020 @11:53 PM

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Eddie Izzard on Terry Jones: he was the guardian of the Monty Python spirit
Jones was uninhibited, energetic, kind, curious – and a great person to spend time with, says the comedian

Eddie Izzard as told to Chris Wiegand

22, Jan, 2020 @3:46 PM

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Polar Squad review – John Cleese dials it up for lukewarm anti-fracking fable
Jeremy Renner’s arctic fox takes on an evil entrepreneur in this wryly funny but politically toothless environmental tale

Leslie Felperin

07, Nov, 2019 @2:00 PM

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We can mention the war. Should we now talk about Britain’s darker history? | Kenan Malik
The backlash against Leave.EU’s revolting tweet reveals our growing maturity

Kenan Malik

13, Oct, 2019 @6:00 AM

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Monty Python at 50: a half-century of silly walks, edible props and dead parrots
In this rare glimpse inside the BBC archives, we reveal the exasperated internal memos, the furious letters from wing commanders – and David Frost’s bid to bring them down

Mark Lawson

04, Oct, 2019 @1:26 PM

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John Cleese wants us to revere Monty Python – but he is ruining its legacy
Is Britain guilty of not showing enough enthusiasm for 50-year-old comedy sketches, or is Cleese just a bit out of touch?

Stuart Heritage

03, Sep, 2019 @2:56 PM

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TV tonight: Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse return to the riverbank
The comedians serve up another gentle treat. Plus: a superstar cast including John Cleese reunites for Hold the Sunset. Here’s what to watch this evening

Mike Bradley, Jack Seale, Ali Catterall and Paul Howlett

02, Aug, 2019 @5:00 AM

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Sorry state when a writer is uncredited | Brief letters
Brief letters: Bewdley rock | Comedy writers | Izal toilet paper | Hellraisers

Letters

12, Jul, 2019 @4:23 PM

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