Gold, UKTV’s comedy themed channel, has commissioned a new 90-minute documentary exploring the careers and success of Monty Python.
Monty Python: The Meaning of Live is described as “an intimate and entertaining documentary” which includes rarely seen footage from the group’s earliest stage shows.
Channel bosses promise audiences will get “unprecedented access” to the five surviving Python members – John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin.
The programme will be co-directed by BAFTA award-winning Roger Graef OBE and James Rogan and has been produced by Phil McIntyre Television in association with Python (Monty) Pictures Ltd.
It follows Gold’s showing of Monty Python Live (mostly) – One Down Five to Go at The O2, London which was the channel’s most-seen broadcast ever with an audience of almost 1 million.
The one-off special was announced on Thusday at UKTV’s annual showcase of forthcoming programmes.
Speaking at the event, CEO Darren Childs said the broadcaster’s decision to invest in original, new content continues to attract new audiences.
In the past 12 months viewing figures grew 17%, with the firm’s portfolio of channels now accounting for more than 9% of total UK viewing.
An invited audience of journalists and programme makers were treated to an advance look at some of UKTV’s new shows, including the first public showing of footage from Hoff the Record.
The documentary-style show, which will air on Dave next year, depicts a fictionalised account of Knight Rider star David Hasselhoff’s life.