Final Monty Python Reunion Shows Set for UK Broadcast
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 06.15.2014
The group needs to pay Terry Jones’ mortgage…
BBC News reports that the finale of the Monty Python reunion shows at the O2 Arena in London will be broadcast on the Gold Channel. The troupe is set to play 10 dates at the venue next month, from July 1-5 and 15-20. The final three hour show will be shown on the Gold Channel on July 20 along with a special backstage show.
Speaking on the broadcast, Eric Idle stated: "We are very excited that not only do we get the chance to screw up on stage, we get a chance to screw up live on TV too. What could be finer at the end of a long life in comedy, than a chance to reunite with old pals and say goodbye to all our fans in one final mad musical show."
The show was originally expected to be a one-time deal, but due to massive demand, the run was extended to 10 dates. When asked about doing their reunion show now at a press conference, Idle stated, "I think the answer is we're all trying to pay for Terry Jones' mortgage... and if we left it too long, it'd be too late."
The show is directed by Idle and contains new material, "greatest hits," material that the troupe has never performed live onstage, and new animation from Terry Gilliam. The last live performance by the troupe was at the Hollywood Bowl in July 1980 in the US.