Today Monty Python celebrates its 50th birthday! On the 5th October 1969, “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” first aired on BBC1 – going on to run for four series, spawning four original films, numerous live shows and several albums.

Reflecting on the legacy and approaching celebrations, the Pythons commented:

“Python has survived because we live in an increasingly Pythonesque world. Extreme silliness seems more relevant now than it ever was.”

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Monty Python members John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Terry Jones have leant their voices to a new 3D film based on the life of Graham Chapman. The film, A Liar’s Autobiography, will be directed and produced by Bill Jones, Ben Timlett and Jeff Simpson and will include passages recorded by Chapman before he died. As reported by BBC News, co-director Jeff Simpson said producers had worked closely with the Chapman estate and the Pythons to ‘get this exactly right’”.

He added that the late actor would be glad “his work is being re-imagined in glorious 3D – he always loved wearing silly glasses”. Speaking of his old friend Terry Jones joked, “I had no idea until recently that Graham Chapman is in fact dead. I thought he was just being lazy. However, I am now delighted to find myself working with him again on this exciting project.”

Eric Idle is the only Python member to not yet sign on for the film. He was once quoted as saying, “We would only do a reunion if Chapman came back from the dead. So we’re negotiating with his agent.” Graham Chapman died on 4 October 1989 after a battle with cancer. (via NME)