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The Complete and Utter History of Britain (1969)

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Synopsis:
Written by and starring Michael Palin and Terry Jones, 'The Complete and Utter History of Britain' was a formative influence on television comedy and Monty Python's Flying Circus in particular.
Made in black and white in the same year that Python became part of the national consciousness, this rarely seen comedy takes a typically skewed look at British history - and reports historical events as if television had been around to cover them at the time! And so we find Richard the Lionheart relating his Crusading exploits in the manner of a laddish holidaymaker, medieval adverts and film trailers, and William the Conquerer engaging in post-match analysis (following an unspectacular scuffle in which King Harold is finally felled by a rogue baguette...). In 2013, Palin and Jones revisited their series for this release. Taking the roles of joint narrators they comically, and seamlessly, link back to the best of the existing material shot by their younger selves in 1969 to create a brand-new feature: The Incomplete and Utter History of Britain 2013!
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Humphrey Barclay
Creators:
Terry Jones, Michael Palin
Writers:
Terry Jones, Michael Palin
Studio:
Network
Genres:
British TV, TV Classics, TV Comedies, TV Documentaries
BBFC:
Release Date:
Not available for rental
Run Time:
150 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
Colour and B & W
Bonus:
  • 50-minute feature containing new linking material by Palin and Jones
  • Interview with producer Humphrey Barclay
  • The first two episodes as transmitted (the only ones still to exist)
  • The first two episodes as recorded (includes untransmitted sketches)
  • All existing film insert material
  • Extensive image gallery
  • Script and production paperwork PDF's
Disc 1:
This disc includes the following episodes:
1. The Incomplete And Utter History Of Britain 2013
2. From The Dawn Of History To The Norman Conquest
3. Richard The Lionheart To Robin The Hood
4. Humphrey Barclay Interview
Disc 2:
This disc includes special features
BBFC:
Release Date:
Not available for rental
Run Time:
150 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 1.0, English LPCM Mono
Subtitles:
None
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
Colour and B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • 50-minute feature containing new linking material by Palin and Jones
  • Interview with producer Humphrey Barclay
  • The first two episodes as transmitted (the only ones still to exist)
  • The first two episodes as recorded (includes untransmitted sketches)
  • All existing film insert material
  • Extensive image gallery
  • Script and production paperwork PDF's

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