How Monty Python’s Flying Circus was saved from the BBC axe – by a Spanish TV agent

Legendary British comedy show Monty Python’s Flying Circus was nearly axed by the BBC before a Spanish TV agent stepped in to buy the rights.
The madcap series was set to be chopped because the Corporation did not think it would bring any profits.
Monty Python star Terry Jones made the astonishing revelation at a Croatian film festival.
He told the Croation daily Vecernji List: ‘They used to give us nonsense terms and conditions and we were never sure whether we’d be there for another season.
‘They did not believe we could bring any profit, so they wanted to get rid of us from the very beginning.’
Referring to the unnamed Spanish agent who bought the series, he added: ‘They told him it wasn’t a real circus and he probably wouldn’t like it. But he insisted and bought a full season.
‘That saved us. The BBC had to put up with us then.’
The show first aired in October 1969 and eventually ran for four series, before spawning stage shows, films, books and musicals.
It also launched the solo careers of the team, including those of John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Graham Chapman and Michael Palin.
It has frequently been voted one of the greatest British television programs ever and its sketches often top comedy lists.

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Lady and Laird Candermine: .................. Thank you!... God Bless the un-named Spanish ... : ) thanks Paute...!

mrsCutout: Classic BBC! They have wiped many great shows and they nearly did this one too!Grrrt the make me mad MAD!!!!!!!!