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Nudge, nudge: Eric Idle on 40 years of Monty Python

'Life of Brian' has been resurrected as something completely different: an oratorio for orchestra, 160 choristers and four of the surviving Pythons. It is, Eric Idle tells Andrew Johnson, very silly indeed

And now for something completely familiar...

<b>David Usborne</b> meets the predictably anarchic Pythons in Manhattan.

The Imaginarium of Doctor Panassus, Terry Gilliam, 122 mins (12A)

There are moments in the new Terry Gilliam movie when his florid animations burst out of nowhere, reminding you of those giant trompe l'oeils he famously conjured for Monty Python.

Is Monty Python's Flying Circus dead as a parrot?

The first episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus was broadcast 40 years ago today. John Walsh dusts off the tapes to see if the old ones really are the best

Cursed genius: Terry Gilliam

Bad luck seems to hover over the visionary film director, but even the death of his leading actor has failed to stop his latest work

DVD: Monthy Python &ndash; Almost Everything Boxset (15)

It pays tribute to the marketing powers of Sony Pictures that this boxset arrives a mere four months before Christmas; and as novelty packaging goes, the brown-stone whopper screams sensitive, character-specific shopping more than any three-for-one.

An act of Paloma Faith

Burlesque, magic and modelling &ndash; Paloma Faith has done it all. Fiona Sturges meets the multi-talented popstar

Pythonesque, Udderbelly's Pasture

And now for something if not completely different, then at least reassuringly familiar.

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.

Two deaths, one broken vertebra &ndash; but still Gilliam makes it to Cannes

A dead A-lister, a dwarf, a trio of male cuties and a former Python with a wacky cackle drew the world's paparazzi to the Cannes Croisette last night for the first showing of Heath Ledger's final performance – but Terry Gilliam's fantasy tale The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus still lacks a distributor.

Second coming for Brian

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

From tragedy to farce: Heath Ledger's final act

Terry Gilliam managed to complete his latest film, 'The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus', despite the death of its star midway through production. But we may never get to see it. Guy Adams reports

Bafta honours Gilliam

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

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