Spamalot gets South Bank Show special

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The South Bank Show is to go behind the scenes of widely acclaimed musical Spamalot and investigate the enduring appeal of Monty Python, in a special programme due to broadcast on the eve of the show's West End opening.

Written by Python Eric Idle and directed by Mike Nichols, Spamalot has been a runaway success since it opened on Broadway last year, winning three Tony Awards. The film will feature exclusive interviews with all the Pythons - Eric Idle, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam. Interspersed with classic Monty Python extracts from television shows, films and stage performances, and also has an interview with Eddie Izzard, a self-confessed Python devotee.

The episode, which will broadcast on October 15, also includes exclusive access to Spamalot's London rehearsals plus some musical interludes from Eric Idle on guitar.