As BBC 2 celebrates 50 years of TV comedy, Radio Times magazine feature the cast of the series on their front cover.


The picture, taken by photographer Brian Moody, has become  one of the classic images of the cast.   ” I knew John from Monty Python days and his infectious, off-beat sense of humour made the shoot a laugh  from beginning to end.”  it’s hard to believe that  the series was originally rejected by The Beeb.

Comedian Barry Cryer reveals that the show ” wouldn’t have been a hit without Cleese’s co-writer and wife Connie Booth.   He ( John ) was great with the characters and the lines but needed Connie for the construction – she had  a feeling for the plot and the arc.”

Cleese claimed it was the pressure  of writing the the two series that led to be break-up of their marriage in 1979.

See pictures from the classic Psychiatrist sketch on our website.  And rare pictures of  Cleese and Booth at home in 1979.

For more pictures go to our website


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