Who’d have thought forty years ago we’d be sitting here reviewing a new Monty Python Book?
This book covers the forty-five episodes made for television, plus the live shows, together with brief resumes of the individual backgrounds and careers of the members.
This is a large format ‘coffee table’ book, with an interactive twist of including QR codes linking to You Tube clips of some of their most famous sketches, as well as various pop outs and pull outs to try to capture the anarchic nature of the show,
Indeed it is the pull out parts, the ‘hidden treasures’ of the title, that are the most interesting aspect of this book. They offer, among other items of memorabilia, reproductions of scripts that weren’t filmed or that were filmed but then cut from the series before transmission. It’s intriguing to examine these and wonder how they would have panned out if they’d been developed further. There are twenty-two envelopes of these archival materials scattered strategically throughout the book, so there’s plenty of material to keep the hardcore fan happy.
Length of Read:Short
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
This is a book more for the committed fan with a knowledge of the show rather than a newcomer I think, and it’s a shame the films aren’t covered other than very brief mentions. Nevertheless, it’s an entertaining way to while away a few hours, or to keep dipping into as and when.
One thing you’ve learned
There’s always something new to learn!