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John Cleese joins Clifford the Big Red Dog live-adaptation

12 Jun 2019

Film gossip

John Cleese and Sienna Guillory have joined the live-adaptation of 'Clifford the Big Red Dog'. The 79-year-old actor is set to star alongside Sienna, 44, in Paramount's re-imagining of the American children's book series, first published in 1963 and…

TV review: Hold the Sunset

16 Feb 20183 stars

After 39 years away, John Cleese returns to the sitcom format with a cosy affair

A mere three years ago, John Cleese enjoyed a good old rant at the BBC, accusing their commissioning editors of being clueless, and insisting he would never work for the corporation again. In an almost inevitable twist-of-heart, here he is popping up on…

Borders Book Festival 2017 programme launched

27 Apr 2017

Highlights include John Cleese, Michael Parkinson, Judy Murray, Joanna Trollop, Arabella Weir, Richard Ingrams and Anne Reid

The Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival always punches above its weight with an impressive lineup of authors, writers and speakers descending on Melrose very year. 2017's fest is no exception with a diverse programme that will appeal to kids, adults…

John Cleese to star in new BBC sitcom

11 Apr 2017

TV gossip

John Cleese is set to star in his first BBC sitcom since 'Fawlty Towers'. The 77-year-old actor hasn't been seen on the channel since the comedy, in which he portrayed mega snob Basil Fawlty, came to an end in 1979 but all of that is about to change…

John Cleese lands Justice League role

27 Jan 2017

Film gossip

John Cleese will play a "significant part" in the upcoming 'Justice League' movie. The 'Fawlty Towers' legend fuelled speculation he was joining the DC Extended Universe when he followed Ben Affleck - who plays Batman - and director Zack Snyder on…

My Comedy Hero: Michael Redmond on John Cleese

12 Jan 2017

The Glasgow-based Irish stand-up picks the Monty Python legend as his comic icon

Sitting in my family sitting room sometime in late 1969 as a somewhat disenfranchised 19-year-old, suddenly a whole new world opened up for me. I found myself watching one of the early episodes of Monty Python with a couple of mates and we all…

John Cleese joins the cast of Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer

6 Nov 2016

Film gossip

John Cleese has joined the cast of 'Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer'. The 77-year-old actor will join Samantha Bee and Martin Short in voicing a character for the animated movie, which tells the story of a tiny horse who attempts to gain a place on…

Interview: comedian Camilla Cleese comes to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014

22 Jul 2014

'Six-foot blonde, slightly resembles John Cleese but not that much, thank God'

It’s a brave move going into comedy when your dad is John Cleese, but if you’re currently thinking that the offspring of celebrities get an unfair break because of their bloodline, you can forget that now. Camilla Cleese has the goods to back it up…

The Dead Parrot voted best Monty Python sketch

11 Jul 2014

TV gossip

'The Dead Parrot' has been voted the nation's favourite Monty Python sketch of all time. The famous pet shop skit - which first aired in 1969 and featured John Cleese as an angry customer attempting to get his money back from stubborn salesman…

John Cleese to star in Baywatch film

8 Jul 2014

Film gossip

John Cleese is to star in 'The B Team'. The 'Monty Python' comedian is to join stars of hit 90s series 'Baywatch', including David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson, in a big-screen parody but, as the company behind the show is not involved in the…

John Cleese plans TV show about religion

1 Jul 2014

TV gossip

John Cleese wants to make a TV show about religion. The 74-year-old actor has hinted that once Monty Python's 10 live shows at London's The O2 arena, 'Monty Python Live (Mostly): One Down, Five To Go', come to an end, he plans to turn his hand to…

John Cleese: James Bond 'gritty and humourless'

24 Jun 2014

Film gossip

John Cleese thinks the latest 'James Bond' films have a "fundamental flaw". The 'Monty Python' star - who played gadget maker Q in 1999's 'The World Is Not Enough' and 2002's 'Die Another Day' - thinks the directors of more recent Bond films have…

John Cleese: BBC doesn't understand comedy

18 Jun 2014

TV gossip

John Cleese has blasted the BBC for not understanding comedy. The Monty Python and 'Fawlty Towers' legend doesn't think his comedy troupe's famous sketch show, 'Monty Python's Flying Circus', would survive on BBC today because commissioning…

Monty Python unveil details for 2014 stage show at The O2, London

21 Nov 2013

The show will feature new and old material, animation and 'a tiny bit of ancient sex'

The surviving members of Monty Python – John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones – officially announced some details of their forthcoming stage show, which will take place at The O2, London on Tue 1 Jul 2014. Tickets will go…

John Cleese: BBC executives are out of touch

20 Mar 2013

TV gossip

John Cleese thinks the BBC is out of touch. The 'Monty Python' legend has slammed the broadcasting company's new management who have never scripted or directed a comedy series, yet insist on controlling every aspect of their programmes. Speaking…

A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman

4 Feb 20132 stars

A chaotic tribute to the former Python that sheds very little light on the facts

Graham Chapman remains the most enigmatic member of the Monty Python team. Even before his premature death in 1989, when he succumbed to throat cancer aged just 49, he had failed to capitalise on the success of the landmark BBC show in the way the other…

John Cleese - interview

23 May 2011

The legendary ex-Python talks to us ahead of his wide-ranging Alimony Tour

Condemned to perform until he dies, till he is an ex-Python, till he has ceased to be, John Cleese is remarkably sanguine about his current Alimony Tour, necessitated by the comedy legend’s $20m divorce from his third wife. A retrospective of his life…

John Cleese turned down I'm A Celeb...

17 Jan 2011

TV Gossip

John Cleese turned down £200,000 to appear on 'I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!'. The 71-year-old comedy legend - best-known for his role as Basil Fawlty in 'Fawlty Towers' - explained accepting the mammoth fee to feature on the ITV1 reality…

Rise of the comedy supergig in 2011

12 Jan 2011

John Bishop, Jimmy Carr, Russell Howard, Peter Kay, Lee Evans and John Cleese set for 2011 UK tours

When we get to this point next year and look back at the comedy highlights of 2011, no doubt much talk will be of the supergigs. John Bishop, Jimmy Carr, Russell Howard, Peter Kay, Lee Evans, Lenny Henry, John Cleese (yes, that John Cleese), Jason…

The best upcoming events in Scotland in 2011

3 Jan 2011

Highlights of the 2011 cultural calandar from Film, Music, Comedy, Theatre and Visual Art

Huge gigs, inspiring theatre productions, comedy legends and two cute little waving bears – just a few of the things coming up in ‘11 that we can barely contain our excitement about

John Cleese still angry about divorce

2 Oct 2009

Celebrity Gossip

John Cleese is furious he has to go back on tour to pay for his divorce. The 'Monty Python' comedian - who was ordered to pay £12.5 million in his divorce settlement with third wife Alyce Faye Eichelberger - starts his one-man show in Olso, Norway…

Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience

21 Aug 20093 stars

Excellent impersonations but no Waldorf salad

Unsurprisingly, dining at Faulty Towers is a tense experience. From the moment we arrive at B’est restaurant, Basil, Sybil and Manuel (but alas no Polly) are on hand to ensure that our meal is anything but straightforward, and by the time we reach the…

Life studies - Biographical shows at the Edinburgh Festival 2009

22 Jul 2009

Five of the best biographical shows at this year’s Fringe

A Tribute – Gielgud’s Ages of Man Experience Shakespeare via Johnny Gielgud in this celebration of the late great actor’s crowning achievement: his one-man recital of excerpts from the best of the Bard. Performed throughout the 1950s and 60s, the…

John Cleese can't trust ex

3 Feb 2009

Celebrity Gossip

John Cleese will never trust his ex-girlfriend again. The 69-year-old British comic star dumped American comedienne Barbie Orr - who claimed to be 27 but is 45 - last week after she mocked his ageing body, and he now he doesn't want anything more to…

John Cleese's hairy op

13 Nov 2008

Celebrity Gossip

John Cleese has had a hair transplant. The British comic revealed he had undergone the drastic procedure during a candid interview on a UK talk show. The 69-year-old star admitted the treatment after being quizzed on his recent hip…