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Monday, October 4, 1999 Published at 13:36 GMT 14:36 UK


Entertainment

Monty Python meets South Park

Dressing up: Izzard jons four of the surviving Pythons

The duo behind adult comedy South Park are joining the BBC's 30th anniversary celebrations for Monty Python's Flying Circus.

Life of Python
The legendary comedy series was first broadcast on 5 October 1969, and BBC Two is showing a night of new sketches, classic clips and documentaries to mark the occasion.

South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker have updated an old Python sketch as a tribute to the surreal comedy, featuring their foul-mouthed creations Cartman, Kenny and Kyle.


[ image: Big fans: South Park's creators]
Big fans: South Park's creators
Parker said he discovered Monty Python when he was eight - and the show had the same illicit appeal to children that South Park does now.

He said: "It was the dirty little show the kids weren't supposed to watch.

"Of course, we would all go to school the next day and talk about it and you would sneak downstairs and if my mum caught me she would be very angry because I was supposed to be in bed first of all, but also because of what I was watching.

"Being eight years old, that was my introduction to humour."

Comedian Eddie Izzard will introduce a documentary, It's: The Monty Python Story, following the careers of John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Graham Chapman in the style of BBC Two's Rock Family Trees show.


[ image: Michael Palin will trace the roots of the Python sketches]
Michael Palin will trace the roots of the Python sketches
He will also be seen dressing up as a fairy - and don a knotted handkerchief and wellington boots to play a Gumby in a series of new sketches - the first major new Python routines since 1983's film The Meaning of Life.

Newsreader Peter Sissons will be seen introducing one of the new routines during the evening. It will not be his first foray into comedy - he was also seen in the Spice Girls' film Spice World in 1997.

The night also features 'lost' sketches that have been rediscovered and restored, and singer Meat Loaf on the music from Python.

Monty Python Night starts at 2055 BST on Saturday on BBC Two.

Click here to visit BBC News Online's Monty Python special.



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