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The British Invade KERA (Again)


by Stephen Becker 30 Sep 2009

If you’re a fan of British comedy, you of course get your fix from KERA. But did you know that the station was the first to air Monty Python’s Flying Circus in the United States? It obviously turned out to be great, but imagine being the program director trying to get that collection of weirdness […]

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If you’re a fan of British comedy, you of course get your fix from KERA. But did you know that the station was the first to air Monty Python’s Flying Circus in the United States? It obviously turned out to be great, but imagine being the program director trying to get that collection of weirdness on the air in 1974.

In October, the station will celebrate 35 years of airing British comedies with a couple of big television events. On Oct. 5-9 at 10 p.m., we’ll air some of the best sketches and songs from Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Then we really go all out on Saturday, Oct. 10. Beginning at 7 p.m., we’ll begin our Monty Python’s Flying Circus and British Comedy 35th Anniversary Marathon. It’ll include the world premiere of Monty Python Before and After, followed by a selection of British comedies running all the way until dawn. In between we’ll have trivia contests and a chance to win prizes.

If all of that sounds like your cup of Earl Grey, be sure to visit our new Tellyspotting blog, a page dedicated to all things British television. KERA Vice President of Television Programming Bill Young (a.k.a., the man who knows more than just about anyone about British comedies) will be running the blog that is sure to be both funny and informative. Should you decide to start walking like this to celebrate …

… well, who are we to stop you?

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  • I was a bigger fan of Fawlty Towers, although the Cheese Shop, This Parrot is Dead and Argument shop are darn funny.

    Vastly underrated: Rise and Fall of Reginald Perrin…SUPER!

  • Bill Young

    Leonard Rossiter was the best as was Reggie Perrin. Unfortunate sequel floating around. Don’t waste the DVR space.