Monty Python: The Meaning of Live

Monty Python: The Meaning of Live is a 2014 British documentary telefilm, directed by Roger Graef and James Rogan, about a 10-day series of live performances at London's O2 arena.[1] The film features interviews with Monty Python members John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin as they perform on stage together for the first time in 34 years. Also appearing are Carol Cleveland, Prof. Brian Cox, Stephen Hawking and Mike Myers. The documentary is dedicated to Graham Chapman.

Monty Python: The Meaning of Live
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Directed byRoger Graef
James Rogan
StarringJohn Cleese
Terry Gilliam
Eric Idle
Terry Jones
Michael Palin
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Producer(s)Jim Beach
Holly Gilliam
Running time92 minutes
Original networkUKTV Gold
Original release13 November 2014

As well as covering the reunion shows, the documentary recaps the Pythons' live history; from their first stage performance in 1971, to tours of the UK and Canada in 1973, the 1974 Drury Lane shows in London, the 1976 City Center shows in New York and, finally, their 1980 performances at the Hollywood Bowl.

The film features behind-the-scenes footage of the reunion, ranging from the first script reading to dress rehearsals marred by technical hitches. Much backstage footage from across the ten nights is shown, as well as film of one of the after-show Q&As. Michael Palin is seen filming a sketch for inclusion in the heavily censored pre-watershed first half of UKTV Gold's live screening of the tenth and final show. The channel aired the documentary on 13 November 2014.[2]



  • Roger Graef, James Rogan - Directors
  • Jim Beach, Holly Gilliam - Producers
  • Paul Shammasian, James Rogan - Cameras
  • Ryan Patton, Chris Youle Grayling - Sound
  • Simon Barker, David Atkinson - Editors