Monty Python's Life of Brian

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‘I didn’t cry until I knew I was going to live’: Monty Python’s Eric Idle on surviving pancreatic cancer
Three years after being diagnosed, the 79-year-old has been given the all-clear. He reflects on losing his friends George Harrison and Robin Williams – and how he still manages to always look on the bright side of life

Simon Hattenstone

03, Oct, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Suzanne Vega's teenage obsessions: 'Taxi Driver captured something awful but made it beautiful'
In the first of a weekly series where film and music stars discuss their youthful fixations, the US singer recalls silly walks and Saturday Night Fever dance classes

Interview by Dave Simpson

03, Sep, 2020 @3:30 PM

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Terry Jones obituary
Monty Python star whose talents were highlighted in the show that revolutionised British TV comedy

Stuart Jeffries

22, Jan, 2020 @4:31 PM

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Terry Jones, Life of Brian director and Monty Python founder, dies aged 77
Jones, who was diagnosed with dementia in 2015, was the main directing force in Python’s films, as well a prolific creator of TV documentaries and children’s books

Andrew Pulver

22, Jan, 2020 @1:45 PM

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Michael Palin review – entertaining whistle-stop trip through history
Palin offers up a fascinating potted history of an ill-fated naval journey, then goes on an affable tour through his six-decade career

Brian Logan

09, Jun, 2019 @10:54 AM

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An Accidental Studio review – the brief, brilliant life of HandMade Films
The company behind everything from Life of Brian to The Long Good Friday is lovingly recalled in this nostalgic documentary

Peter Bradshaw

26, Apr, 2019 @11:00 AM

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How we made Monty Python’s Life of Brian
‘We didn’t ad lib because John Cleese doesn’t like it – ironically, he’s a fundamentalist when it comes to humour’

Interviews by Phil Hoad

16, Apr, 2019 @5:00 AM

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Monty Python's Life of Brian review – an unholy work of satirical genius
Despite its obscenity and button-pushing humour, this mock epic stands up four decades on as a stirring paean to tolerance

Peter Bradshaw

12, Apr, 2019 @9:00 AM

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Suspicious powder sent to Eric Idle sparks anthrax scare
Actor’s Hollywood Hills home was evacuated and hazardous materials responders were dispatched to the scene

Catherine Shoard

09, Apr, 2019 @10:48 AM

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How George Harrison – and a very naughty boy – saved British cinema
The Beatle loved Monty Python so much, he set up HandMade Films to make Life of Brian – and rehabilitated the UK movie industry. But the studio’s fun couldn’t last

Nicholas Barber

03, Apr, 2019 @10:33 AM

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Andrew MacLachlan obituary
Other lives: Actor who worked for more than 30 years in television drama, film and theatre

Tamara MacLachlan

04, Feb, 2019 @5:25 PM

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John Oliver on Monty Python: 'inspirational idiots who changed comedy'
When a reckless teacher screened Life of Brian at his school, the future comedian fell in love with the anarchic pranksters who created it. Then he met them – and even more chaos ensued

John Oliver

07, Jan, 2019 @6:00 AM

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