On Tuesday, John Cleese gave fresh voice to the familiar fury that raged at the BBC for not showing replays Monty Python.
The 83-year-old actor and comedian asked his 5.6 million Twitter followers: Monty Python a couple of decades?’
The issue ignored the BBC’s celebration of the iconic comedy, including the broadcast of the first episode of the TV show. Monty Python’s Flying Circusto celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2019.
John Hoare, the TV games director, responded to Cleese by reminding him of the night dedicated to him Python on the BBC. “On September 7, 2019, I sat down at the BBC Two premiere, produced an episode of Monty Python as part of an evening of Python-related programs and, if it helps, aired it,” Hoare said.
Cleese’s tweet also did not mention any deals for the rights Monty Python back catalog. Shows and movies, including Monty Python and the Holy Grailall stream on Netflix in the UK.
That’s TV, the British channel, also inked a deal earlier this year to repeat all four seasons of the comedy, which stars Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Graham Chapman, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam.
The rights Monty Python owned by Python (Monty) Pictures. Cleese, Palin, Idle and Gilliam are CEOs of the British company.
Cleese’s tweet about Python was interpreted as a dog whistle for the repeal culture he has campaigned vehemently against in recent years.
He was going to make a documentary for Channel 4 on the subject. Cleese also announced plans to host a show on GB News, a right-wing British news channel, to champion free speech.
Answering Cleese’s question about the BBC, Rob Schneider said: “They haven’t finished editing the parts that don’t fit their ideology. What is the whole series?
Cleese has complained several times about the failure of the BBC show Python. In 2020 he said: “The BBC hasn’t shown Monty Python on terrestrial TV for 20 years and young people don’t know about it… Now young people have no idea who I am and it feels strange because I think that they think for themselves. would enjoy Python.”