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Michael Palin speaks out on the idea of a Monty Python comeback

Sir Michael Palin is unsure if there will be a reboot of Monty Python credit:Bang Showbiz
Sir Michael Palin is unsure if there will be a reboot of Monty Python credit:Bang Showbiz

Sir Michael Palin doesn't think there will be a reboot of 'Monty Python'.

The 80year-old actor joined the comedy group in the late 1960s and went on to star in a series of sketch comedy series and films alongside John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, and Graham Chapman but insisted that their arena shows almost a decade ago were their "last hurrah" and the success probably couldn't be recreated these days.

He told Metro newspaper's SixtySeconds column: "The O2 arena shows in 2014 were our final hurrah. We got all the Pythons together, apart, of course, from Graham [Chapman, who died in 1989]. For all of us, that was a remarkable series of shows.

"The great thing about 'Python' was we were always keen to do something new and different. Taking a long run of shows around the world wouldn't have worked - we'd have got bored stiff. We were going to do four shows at The O2, and bookings were so good that we did ten. It was just terrific. The feeling from the audience was incredible. I don't think you could ever recreate that."

Meanwhile, the TV star went on to add that he is proud of the comedy group's legacy and explained that they "broke barriers" at the time because 'Monty Python' was so different that to anything else that was on the small screen at the time.

He said: " I am. We broke through some sort of barrier with 'Python'. Comedy shows were either 'Dad's Army' or sitcoms, and easy to categorise. 'Python' was scattergun - you didn't know what you were going to get when you sat down and watched Python. So many people liked that. People don't always quote things, but they'll try to retell a sketch and don't get it right. The Lumberjack Song and the Spanish Inquisition are the ones people tend to do most."