” Two episodes of 1960s TV comedy At Last The 1948 Show, which starred pre-Monty Python John Cleese and Graham Chapman, have been found after almost 50 years.
The ITV programme, which was first screened in 1967, also featured Tim Brooke-Taylor, Marty Feldman and Aimi Macdonald.
The sketch show was hugely influential for British comedy and led to the creation of Monty Python in 1969.
The BFI described the discovery as “a crucial find”.
” It represents a key moment in the history of British television comedy featuring the combined talents of some of its greatest exponents,” BFI television consultant Dick Fiddy said.
” These gifted comedians, all in their 20s and 30s, were let off the leash and allowed to experiment with style and content, resulting in shows which have had an enduring influence on comedy worldwide.”
” It was ground-breaking in a sense in that it was very silly,” former Goodie member Brooke-Taylor told the BBC’s Colin Paterson. “
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Here is the very first episode of this “ground-breaking” English sketch comedy show that paved the way for Monty Python’s Flying Circus .
Published on May 16, 2012
” Episode 1 At Last The 1948 Show The classic show that prided and inspired Monty Python Starring John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Marty Feldman, Aimi MacDonald and David Frost (Executive Producer) Featuring Intro, The Psychiatrist, Secret Service Cleaner, the Pretty Way, Reptile Keeper, The Chartered Accountant Dance and The original classic Four Yorkshiremen sketch “