The 107th Python

Who is the 7th Python? Certainly not me. Neil Innes or Carol Cleveland are the only two deserving of the name. Of course given how brutally Eric Idle treated Neil Innes over the Rutles’ aborted relaunch, being a 7th Python seems to be a poisoned chalice (or Grail). In his Witness Statement during the trial … Continue reading The 107th Python

A Twat’s Tale

The 7th Python is sub-titled A Twat’s Tale. The reason is because sore loser Eric Idle, when interviewed by Ben Williams of Time Out about the reason behind the 02 reunion said, ‘We were meeting last August in gloomy circumstances because we had just been sued by this twat.’ Later on the gracious Idle told … Continue reading A Twat’s Tale

An extract from the book – Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Ever since their experience on And Now for Something Completely Different, the Pythons had thought about making a second film themselves. Both Terrys were interested in directing, and they wanted to have greater artistic control over the new film. A first draft script was written, and their manager at the time – John Gledhill – … Continue reading An extract from the book – Monty Python and the Holy Grail

‘Seventh Python’ has the last laugh with victory in battle over Spamalot royalties

Mark Forstater, producer of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, won an estimated £220,000 at the High Court. A film producer who claimed to be the “the seventh Python” won a royalty battle with the comedy team yesterday – but said his victory was tinged with sadness. Mark Forstater, who produced the 1975 film Monty … Continue reading ‘Seventh Python’ has the last laugh with victory in battle over Spamalot royalties

Monty Python legal battle left me living in a bedsit, says ‘seventh Python’

The “seventh Python”, who won a seven-year battle for full royalties after the success of Monty Python’s Spamalot, has revealed that the battle left him out of pocket and terrified about bringing “disaster on myself and my family”. In his new book, The 7th Python: A Twat’s Tale, film producer Mark Forstater, who helped produce … Continue reading Monty Python legal battle left me living in a bedsit, says ‘seventh Python’

Holy Grail producer was not ‘7th Python’, says Michael Palin

Michael Palin has dismissed a suggestion that a film producer was a seventh member of the Monty Python comedy team. Palin – one of six stars of the Monty Python television series – told a high court trial on Thursday that the idea Mark Forstater was a “seventh Python” would not have been accepted. Forstater, … Continue reading Holy Grail producer was not ‘7th Python’, says Michael Palin