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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 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

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