The Independent Film Channel (IFC) and The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) today announced the official reunion of the legendary comedy troupe Monty Python to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the creation of Monty Python and the troupe's lifetime achievements. The event will be held on October 15, 2009 at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City .
"I believe these trinkets are more important than people think," said John Cleese.
The complete Python troupe - John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and even the late Graham Chapman - will attend this official Python reunion event, which will include a screening of the theatrical version of the Original IFC documentary Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer's Cut). Following the screening, all five surviving members of the Monty Python team will sit down for a Q&A discussion and will be presented with a Special Award from BAFTA to honor their outstanding contribution to film and television.
"This event will be a part of pop culture history. IFC is honored to co-host this celebratory occasion and air the definitive documentary tribute to one of comedy's greatest legends," said Jennifer Caserta, executive vice president and general manager of IFC. "Everyone has their favorite Python moments, and they continue to inspire new generations of comedians. This premiere will be the grand finale of an entire year of original alternative comedy on IFC."
IFC will air the full six-hour version of Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer's Cut) during the network's six day "Python-a-thon" premiering Sunday, October 18, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.
David Parfitt, Chairman of BAFTA, said: "We're absolutely delighted to co-host this event celebrating the 40th anniversary of the incomparable Monty Python. It promises to be a rare and memorable occasion bringing the hugely talented Monty Python team together again, and we feel that the Special Award is a fitting tribute to this much-loved and singularly British institution. I would like to thank in particular our colleagues at BAFTA East Coast for inspiring the event and our co-hosts, IFC."
A select number of tickets will be available to fans online at www.IFC.com in mid-September. Please visit the IFC website for more information as it becomes available.