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Michael Palin to produce Radio 4 specials for Monty Python birthday

The shows, part of a series of events, will feature “never-before-released material” from the archives.
The Monty Python team in 1970
Image caption The Python team – Jones, Chapman, Cleese, Idle, Gilliam and Palin – in 1970

Sir Michael Palin is to serve as the executive producer on five new Radio 4 specials to mark the 50th anniversary of the Monty Python comedy troupe.

The shows, to air in September, will feature “never-before-released material from the Monty Python sound archives”.

The 50th anniversary of Monty Python’s Flying Circus first airing on BBC One will be marked as well by a month-long season at BFI Southbank in London.

The 5 October anniversary will also be marked by a world record attempt.

Organisers are hoping to encourage the largest gathering of people dressed as Gumbys – the spectacle-wearing, knotted handkerchief-sporting imbeciles who became part of Python lore.