SOURCE: Tango Entertainment

May 12, 2005 15:16 ET

On The Heels of 14 Tony Nominations for "MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT" Including Best Musical, Best Musical Score and Best Book of a Musical!

See Eric Idle and Members of The Python Crew Before "Monty Python's Flying Circus" When "At Last The 1948 Show" & "Do Not Adjust Your Set" Come to The States for the First Time Ever on DVD From Tango Entertainment

Featuring Britain's Funniest Comedians Including John Cleese, Graham Chapman and Eric Idle & Brand-New Interviews With Original Cast Members

SANTA MONICA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 12, 2005 -- Good Heavens, 14 Tony Nominations for "MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT!" Now, it's time for everyone to get the chance to see two smashingly funny television shows that laid the groundwork for the "Monty Python's Flying Circus" series. Tango Entertainment is proud to debut "AT LAST THE 1948 SHOW" and "DO NOT ADJUST YOUR SET" on July 26, available in the U.S. for the first time on DVD. These sketch comedy shows starred some of the eventual cast members of "Monty Python's Flying Circus," including John Cleese and Eric Idle, who is nominated for "MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT" in the "Best Book of a Musical" and "Best Original Score" categories. Preorder date is July 13.

Python fans will be elated to find out that some of the funniest Monty Python skits originated here and are available for the first time ever on DVD in the United States. Both DVDs will be available for $29.98 each and also include brand-new interviews with original cast members and a Comedy Family Tree Poster Booklet.

"AT LAST THE 1948 SHOW" was written and performed by Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graham Chapman, John Cleese and Marty Feldman (in his first television appearance). The show also featured the "Lovely Aimi McDonald," and special appearances by Barry Cryer and Eric Idle. Produced by David Frost and directed by Ian Fordyce, each show was filmed before a live audience. The show's name was actually a joke in itself. It was called "AT LAST THE 1948 SHOW" because the series sat on a shelf for months before ever airing on British television. When the show was ready to air, black and white production was becoming obsolete, so the networks didn't plan on ever showing any of the 13 25-minute episodes. However, the series finally aired in 1967. It is said that this is where the idea of British sketch comedy was born and that many famous Monty Python skits were introduced for the first time on these programs, including the "4 Yorkshiremen." Monty Python fans will be absolutely delighted to see these great skits that are just as funny now as when they, well, almost never aired! On July 26, Tango Entertainment will unveil five episodes of the classic series on DVD for the very first time.

The original television series, "DO NOT ADJUST YOUR SET" DVD collection also debuts on DVD in the states on July 26 and features nine 25-minute episodes. Also filmed before a live audience, the series originally aired in late 1967 and starred Eric Idle, David Jason, Terry Jones, Denise Coffey and Michael Palin. The show was originally labeled a children's program, but its silliness and clever skits also appealed to adult audiences. In fact, although it originally aired at tea-time for children, the network eventually re-aired the show at 7 pm because they found out that people were leaving work early to go home and watch it. Each episode also featured a crazy musical interlude performed by the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and the running weekly saga of "superhero" Captain Fantastic and his arch enemy Mrs. Black, which lived even past the series as part of the children's magazine, Magpie. Some episodes also featured original animation by Terry Gilliam. Five months after the "DO NOT ADJUST YOUR SET" television series ended, BBC1 launched "Monty Python's Flying Circus."

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