This fall, we’re going to bring the legendary British comedy troupe back in front of the camera one last time in an original documentary series that will retell the entire Python phenomenon start to finish. “Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer’s Cut)” will air exclusively on IFC here in the U.S. October 18-23, 2009. We’ll be putting additional cutting room floor footage and teasers on demand on IFC Free and online here at IFC.com prior to the series premiere. Eagle Rock Entertainment will release the documentary series worldwide on DVD.
The Monty Python troupe includes (as if you didn’t know) John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Graham Chapman. Our six-part series will feature interviews with the surviving Python members, along with archive representation for the late, great Chapman. The Pythons will tell their life story and reveal deeper truths alongside the more tried and tested Python history lessons.
“This is the documentary I always hoped that would be made — something so complete and so faithful to the truth that I don’t need to watch it,” said Terry Jones.
This series will study the Pythons up close and in some cases against their contemporaries: rock stars, comedians, actors, politicians, writers, broadcasters, religious groups, Python-haters and potential axe murderers. Every opinion on Monty Python will be brought to life on-screen for the first time with never-before-seen material. Dozens of featured guest interviews will include Jimmy Fallon, Lorne Michaels, Hugh Hefner, Eddie Izzard, Olivia Harrison, Steven Merchant, Dan Aykroyd, Tim Roth, Seth Green, among many others.
“Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer’s Cut)” will be told in six hour-long episode, a new one airing each night during IFC’s Python Week, when we’ll also be airing Python feature films including “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” “Monty Python’s Life of Brian” and “Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl.”
[Photo: Monty Python in 1969, courtesy of BBC.co.uk]