SOURCE: Tango Entertainment

June 07, 2005 13:21 ET

See the Python Clan Before Monty Python's Flying Circus in Two of Britain's Funniest Television Shows!

AT LAST THE 1948 SHOW & DO NOT ADJUST YOUR SET Available for the First Time Ever on DVD From Tango Entertainment

Celebrate Monty Python's Spamalot's Three Tony Awards Including Best Musical!

SANTA MONICA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 7, 2005 -- See Eric Idle, the mastermind behind the three-time Tony award-winning musical Monty Python's Spamalot -- and other stars from Monty Python's Flying Circus when two smashingly funny television shows from the U.K. arrive on DVD for the first time ever! Tango Entertainment is proud to debut AT LAST THE 1948 SHOW and DO NOT ADJUST YOUR SET on July 26.

This is the first time these two television programs are accessible for U.S. audiences, as they never aired in the states -- and the collections include some footage that actually aired in the U.K. Both 2-disc boxed sets will be available for $29.98 each and include brand-new interviews with some original cast members and a Comedy Family Tree Poster Booklet. Preorder date is July 13.

And these DVD sets couldn't come at a better time! Last night, Monty Python's Spamalot garnered three Tony Awards -- Best Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, Mike Nichols and Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical, Sara Ramirez. AT LAST THE 1948 SHOW and DO NOT ADJUST YOUR SET laid the groundwork for the Monty Python's Flying Circus series and starred all of the eventual cast members of Monty Python's Flying Circus, including John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Graham Chapman and Michael Palin. Python fans will be elated to watch some of the funniest Monty Python comedy sketches that actually originated on these television shows including the classic "Four Yorkshiremen."

Not seen for decades, AT LAST THE 1948 SHOW and DO NOT ADJUST YOUR SET have an appeal across the board and are pure comedy gold. Certainly anybody who remembers the shows from the first time around will want to own these classics; as will all fans of "Monty Python." But this is also an opportunity for a brand-new audience, those who have never had the pleasure of laughing incessantly to these examples of comedy genius.

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. Executive 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 named 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 "Four Yorkshiremen." Monty Python fans will enjoy these great sketches that are just as funny now as they were when they (almost never) originally 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; 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; with some episodes also featuring 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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