It was never a big deal, we a forced to believe its a big deal because of the success of a Fish Called Wanda very popular in the USA. The thing is Ponty Python’s Flying Circus was never a big deal, just like anything else they want you to think about is a big deal its not however there are ways of making things big deals. Today’s article takes a look at a lot of these things and opens the lid on the British Broadcasting Companies entertainment strategies over the past 50 years. Adam Lovejoy reports is in London in wake of the announcement that the show is to be re-released in the west end as a play. Adam’s asking the question was Monty Python‘s Flying Circus a big deal?
In today’s article find out more about Monty Pythons’s Flying Circus Graham Chapman and; how does a television series from the seventies get to be a stage act some thirty years later?
Monty Python‘s Flying Circus as some of you remember was a TV show broadcast on the BBC starting in the late 1970′s. The humor was very unusual and it made a lot of comedians well-known.
Monty Python’s Flying Circus teamed up with some interesting people Eric Idle for example, the two Terry’s; Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones. The sketches in the show often made in the art work shop were very left wing and it took a while for people to understand what they were laughing at. Since that time the left have taken more control of what goes on and things are already getting out of hand.
The BBC in the late sixties needed to expand ratings because viewers were not very happy, now reports about selling shows like Doctor Who on iTunes to British TV license owners whilst in America people got to download the Doctor Who TV series free.
The BBC said they would refund the difference after the complaints came in online from the Doctor Who fans. Does this mean the same thing is going to happen with Monty Python’s Flying Circus, well no one can really say. Anyway who cares anyone who is a fan of a Dead Parrot sketch, or still wanting to see reruns of that Spanish Inquisition sketch must be missing a lot of the essence of British comedy today.
We have come a long way since Monty Python’s Flying Circus. The one thing that makes people smile is when they hear a song called Always Look On The Bright Side of Life, during the nineties this song along with other popular songs like Jive Bunnies and Star Trekking were designed by Psychologists to uplift the nation. The lyrics when drunk make sense but anyone else will see right through these number one hits.
The success of any show has to follow a limited amount of options, one of them naturally is to make a film The Life Of Brian is a prime example of how Monty Python’s Flying Circus was repackaged and sold on video, then later DVD. By putting the show in the cinema it meant that parents were more pressured to go out and buy the box set for kids at Christmas.
This creates a conversation, where kids ask parents what that is all about and because the parents do not have an answer it actually makes them look as stupid as the comedians who piggy backed of the franchise. Now we are seeing a similar thing happen with the revival in the west end. Monty Python’s Flying Circus in the West End is following in the footsteps where other BBC prodigal musicians have failed Resurrection. From Spice Girls to Boy George. Not all the investments of the BBC have been in vain and there is no sure-fire way of predicting that TV license payers money backing these ventures will be lost. However if it fails, which chances are it might there is always next year and the year after that. If you want to help out the best thing to do is when it comes out go and see it for yourself, tickets will cost anything between 16 and 35 pounds a ticket, which is nothing when you compare to the price of a new XBox. Time to say it: Monty Python’s Flying Circus was never a big deal.