Monty Python

Background

In 1969 a team of writers merged to become the entity and persona known as "Monty Python". Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin had all worked for BBC (British Broadcasting Corp.) before in various capacities.
John Cleese had worked on a show called "The Frost Report" and with Graham Chapman he co-wrote "At Last, the 1948 Show". Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Eric Idle and Terry Gilliam had been working on a show called "Do Not Adjust Your Set". With the help of the BBC's script editor and head of comedy the two groups merged and were thrown straight into a series without a pilot for a run of 13 shows.
The show's title "Monty Python's Flying Circus" was derived from the BBC's initial idea of "John Cleese's Flying Circus". John did not want the show to revolve around him and as a result he suggested "Python" and Eric Idle suggested "Monty".

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