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Series 2

Episode 2: Golden Gordon

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Classic comedy series. A torrid tale of 1930s football fanaticism. Gordon Ottershaw supports Barnstoneworth United, a team that hasn't won a match for six years. Show more

Contributors

Gordon Ottershaw:
Michael Palin
Mr Foggen:
Bill Fraser
Mrs Ottershaw:
Gwen Taylor
Football Manager:
David Leland
Chairman:
Teddy Turner
Director:
Alan JW Bell

Genres

Ripping Yarns

Series 1

Episode 2: The Testing of Eric Olthwaite

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

The dark and tragic tale of the world's most boring man, who joins forces with a criminal and proceeds to write his name in the history books. Show more

Contributors

Eric Olthwaite:
Michael Palin
Mrs Olthwaite:
Barbara New
Director:
Jim Franklin

Ripping Yarns

Series 1

Episode 3: Escape from Stalag Luft 112B

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

A tale of courage and fortitude from WWI. A British POW's constant escape attempts exasperate his German captors - and his fellow prisoners. Show more

Ripping Yarns

Series 1

Episode 4: Murder at Moorstones Manor

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Hugo and Dora drive down to see Mumsie and Dadsie-pie for a long weekend in the country. But their tophole weekend turns out to be longer than they thought.

Contributors

Hugo/Charles:
Michael Palin
Jehovah's Witness 1:
Barbara New
Jehovah's Witness 2:
Gilly Flower
Director:
Terry Hughes

Ripping Yarns

Series 1

Episode 5: Across the Andes by Frog

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Comedy series parodying boys' own adventure tales. The epic story of one man and six frogs who tried to defy the world in the greatest gamble of all. Show more

Contributors

Captain Walter Snetterton:
Michael Palin
Mr Gregory:
Denholm Elliott
Sgt Major:
Don Henderson
Old Woman:
Eileen Way
First Native:
Louis Mansi
Second Native:
Charles McKeown
Director:
Terry Hughes

Ripping Yarns

Series 2

Episode 1: Whinfrey's Last Case

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

A knock-about tale of international intrigue in which dashing, debonair superspy Gerald Whinfrey uncovers a dastardly German plot. Show more

Contributors

Gerald Whinfrey:
Michael Palin
Mrs Otway:
Maria Aitken
Admiral Jefferson:
Antony Carrick
General Chapman:
Jack May
Director:
Alan JW Bell

Genres

Ripping Yarns

Series 2

Episode 3: Roger of the Raj

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Pubescent Roger Bartlesham comes of age in turbulent colonial India, when he is driven towards the most deplorable act known to the British army. Show more

Contributors

Roger Bartlesham:
Michael Palin
Lord Bartlesham:
Richard Vernon
Lady Bartlesham:
Joan Sanderson
Miranda:
Jan Francis
Colonel Runciman:
John Le Mesurier
Director:
Jim Franklin

Genres

Ripping Yarns

Series 1

Episode 6: The Curse of the Claw

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

More tales of comic terror. The story of a man who dabbled in the dark mysteries of the Orient and lived to tell the tale. Or did he? Show more

Contributors

Kevin Orr / Uncle Jack:
Michael Palin
Kevi's Mother:
Hilary Mason
Kevin's Father:
Tenniel Evans
Captain Merson:
Keith Smith
Grosvenor:
Aubrey Morris
Young Kevin:
Nigel Rhodes
Director:
Jim Franklin