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5.0 out of 5 stars BBC Comedy Drama at its Very Best, 30 Mar 2011
This review is from: Ripping Yarns - The Complete Series[DVD] [1976] (DVD)
Ripping Yarns is a British television comedy series, shown on BBC 2 from 1976 to 1979. It was written by Michael Palin and Terry Jones of Monty Python fame.

The series grew out of a one-off BBC programme called Tomkinson's Schooldays, loosely inspired by Tom Brown's Schooldays. Palin and Jones both wrote and starred in multiple roles with Palin in all 9 episodes, whilst Jones only appeared in four.
The first series opened with perhaps the best story, Tomkinson's Schooldays which is followed by The Testing of Eric Olthwaite, Escape from Stalag Luft 112B, Murder at Moorstones Manor, Across the Andes by Frog and The Curse of the Claw.

Series 2 only saw three episodes; Whinfrey's Last Case, Golden Gordon (look out for John Cleese's fleeting cameo appearance) and the final episode Roger of the Raj.

This was BBC comedy drama at its best and it promoted Michael Palin as a star in his own right. I can not recommend this highly enough.

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