Monty Python O2 Arena show to broadcast on television

The comedy troupe will be performing 10 shows in London next month

The finale of the Monty Python reunion shows at London’s O2 Arena will be broadcast on the Gold channel.

The comedy troupe will play 10 dates at the venue next month, from July 1-5 and and 15-20. The final three-hour long Monty Python Live (Mostly) will be shown on the channel on July 20 alongside a special backstage programme, reports BBC News.

Speaking about the broadcast, Eric Idle of the troupe commented: “We are very excited that not only do we get the chance to screw up on stage, we get a chance to screw up live on TV too. What could be finer at the end of a long life in comedy, than a chance to reunite with old pals and say goodbye to all our fans in one final mad musical show.”

The legendary comedy troupe had been scheduled to play a one-off gig, but due to massive demand they extended the run to 10 dates. Speaking at a press conference chaired by actor Warwick Davies, the troupe were asked why they were staging their reunion now, to which Eric Idle answered: “I think the answer is we’re all trying to pay for Terry Jones’ mortgage… and if we left it too long, it’d be too late.”

Idle will be directing the show, which will contain new material as well as some “greatest hits” and material they’ve never performed live onstage before, plus animation from Terry Gilliam. The troupe last performed live at the Hollywood Bowl in July, 1980. They last performed in London at Drury Lane Theatre in 1974. It was revealed that Graham Chapman, who died in 1989, “won’t be absent from the evening”.

BBC News previously leaked reports that the comedians would be coming together for a stage show. The 1983 film The Meaning Of Life was the final project from all six original members of the comedy team, before Graham Chapman passed away. It followed their television show Monty Python’s Flying Circus and the films Monty Python And The Holy Grail in 1975 and Monty Python’s Life Of Brian in 1979.