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Early days at the BBC

From left, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, and Eric Idle, circa 1969 as their Flying Circus was beginning to soar. (Credit: Abrams Books)

‘Monty Python’ Exclusive: Here’s a Rare Look Behind the Scenes

Marcus Errico
Deputy Editor, Yahoo Entertainment

Spam. Dead parrots. Lumberjacks. Nudge-nudges. Silly walks. The inside stories of all of Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin’s greatest hits are covered in Monty Python’s Flying Circus: Hidden Treasures. Compiled by BBC writer Adrian Besley with contributions from the surviving Pythons, the $40 book, in stores now, compiles never-before-seen photos, artwork, script pages, and notes, as well as reproductions of memorabilia and links to online clips spanning the comedy troupe’s entire history, from their collegiate improv roots up to their recent reconciliation and reunion tour. Yahoo TV has your exclusive, early look at the Hidden Treasures. Click through for some rare images plumbed from the Pythons’ personal archives.