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Bafta honour for Monty Python stars

The Monty Python stars are to be honoured with a special award from the British Academy of Film and Television (Bafta) to mark their contribution to comedy over 40 years, it emerged today.

Monty Python stars to stage reunion

Monty Python stars are to stage a major reunion for the first time in more than a decade to mark the show's 40th anniversary, it was announced today.

A new journey of exploration for Michael Palin

As the Royal Geographical Society's new head, Michael Palin is a man with the world in his hands. He tells Michael McCarthy of his passion for the spirit of Shackleton

Britons urged to try a simple act of kindness

Juliet Stevenson, Michael Palin and the Archbishop of Canterbury are among the first of thousands across Britain to put time aside for refugees as part of a campaign to acknowledge their contribution to the country.

BBC bosses almost lost faith in 'disgusting' Monty Python

One of the BBC's most enduring comedy programmes, Monty Python's Flying Circus, almost met the same fate as the famous Norwegian blue parrot whose lifeless state was immortalised in a sketch featuring John Cleese and Michael Palin.

Matthew Bell: <i>IoS</i> Diary

Whose expenses were passed by the authorities

Dream Teams: Crewe Alexandra

In the 1979 BBC documentary, Great Railway Journeys of the World, as the camera pans over Crewe Alexandra's Gresty Road stadium, the inimitable Michael Palin describes the South Chesire town as "like those other railway towns, Swindon and Doncaster, possessed of a football team which is perpetually propping up the bottom of the Fourth Division".

Second coming for Brian

The Monty Python film arrives in Aberystwyth, 30 years late. Richard Osley reports

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The trail

Get on your bike in South Wales with the help of Sustrans and Pocket Mountains' new pocket-sized guide to 'The Celtic Trail', which lets you enjoy this part of the National Cycle Network on day rides. Price £6.99, go to sustransshop.co.uk.

Bafta honours Gilliam

Monty Python's Terry Gilliam will receive a Bafta fellowship at the film awards ceremony.

Adrian Edmondson: Is that a joke in bad taste? You'd better watch out...

With controls in place I wouldn't have been able to do my silly press-ups

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/openhouse/2008/10/walking-in-a-wh.html">Ian Burrell: Walking in a Whicker wonderland</a>

My colleague Simon Calder, himself a notable travel broadcaster, today praises Michael Palin for being the best in the business

My First Job: Former Python Michael Palin was a pop-show presenter

'I played a piano while Arthur Mullard smashed it up'
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