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More Python Naming Rights

It took months for the Pythons to come up with a name for their show. Many were chosen and discarded, and some of those were recycled and used as the titles for individual episodes. Finally, the BBC announced that their time had run out, and they were simply going to have to make a selection, whether they liked it or not.

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The BBC had been referring to the show as “The Circus” in their scheduling books, and that eventually transformed into “The Flying Circus.” For a brief time, the BBC was referring to it as “Baron von Took’s Flying Circus,” after Barry Took, Head of Comedy at that time and a champion of the show. And so, there was a period in which “Flying Circus” was established, but no one knew exactly whose flying circus it would be.

Of course, that led to more meetings about the name. But before Monty Python was selected they considered a number of other ones, including the following:

Megapode’s Flying Circus

Arthur Megapode’s Flying Circus

Admiral Megapode’s Flying Circus

Ow! It’s Megapode’s Flying Circus

Gwen Dibley’s Flying Circus

El Megapode’s Flying Circus

Noris Heaven’s Flying Circus

The Amazing Flying Circus

The 37 Foot Flying Circus

The Fly Circus

El Thompson’s Flying Circus

Arthur Buzzard’s Flying Circus

Myrtle Buzzard’s Flying Circus

Charles IInd’s Flying Circus

El Trotsky’s Flying Circus

Nigel’s Flying Circus

Brian’s Flying Circus

Brian Stalin’s Flying Circus

Limb’s Flying Circus

El Moist’s Flying Circus

Sydney Moist’s Flying Circus

Stephen Furry’s Flying Circus

Will Strangler’s Flying Circus

Cynthia Fellatio’s Flying Circus

El Turbot’s Flying Circus

Norman Python’s Flying Circus

Bob Python’s Flying Circus

and…

Monty Python’s Flying Circus (seems like the obvious choice now, doesn’t it?)

I’ve been blogging a lot about Python lately, and I have a feeling it’ll continue that way for a while–at least through the end of July, when the Reunion shows end and I return from London. But I don’t mind if you don’t.

No Idle Hands for Palin

It looks like 2014 is going to be a busy year for Michael Palin. The Hollywood Reporter notes that he will be starring in a three-part drama for the BBC. It sounds great, though I’m having trouble picturing him as a resident of a nursing home. If he was that old, he wouldn’t be doing ten Python shows at the O2 this summer, right?
No air date yet–I will post when more details are available.
3:18 AM PST 1/16/2014 by Georg Szalai
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In his first TV drama lead role in more than 20 years, he will star opposite “Game of Thrones” actor Mark Addy.

LONDON – Monty Python’s Michael Palin will star in a three-part BBC supernatural thriller in his first lead role in a TV drama in more than 20 years.

Remember Me will see him play a “mysterious” resident of a nursing home who becomes the only witness to a violent death. Palin will star opposite Game of Thrones and The Full Monty actor Mark Addy, who will portray a detective.

Palin, mostly known for his comedic work, last had a lead role in a TV drama in 1991 when he played a principal in GBH on Britain’s Channel 4.

“It’s also a return to Yorkshire [where the mini-series is shooting now], where I was born, brought up and learned my acting in amateur dramatics,” Palin told the Guardian. “I was attracted to Remember Me not only by the Northern setting, but also by a good, strong, challenging role, something I could really get what remains of my teeth into.”

The show will air on BBC One, the U.K. public broadcaster’s flagship channel. Said BBC One controller Charlotte Moore: “It’s a real coup for us that Michael Palin has chosen to make his return to a leading role for the first time in over 20 years on BBC One.”

Palin will reunite with the other surviving members of comedy troupe Monty Python for a series of sold-out shows at London’s O2 Arena in July.