Sirius XM Radio launches Monty Python channel for 10 days

TV News | Oct 14th, 2009

Wink Wink Nudge Nudge…Sirius XM is launching a Monty Python channel for 10 days, starting Friday 16th. The reason for the limited-run channel? It’s Monty Python’s 40th anniversary! The members will host the station, play MP songs, skits and other silly nonsense. Plus, The living members of the troupe will accept a special award this week, and their new documentary will air over the next 6 days this Sunday on IFC channel. 10 days is fine, but the comedy troupe deserves something longer than that!

Here’s the press release:

SIRIUS XM Radio announced today that it will launch Monty Python Radio, a 24/7 channel devoted to, and hosted by, the iconic British comedy troupe.

The limited-run channel will premiere on Friday, October 16, the day after the stars receive a Special Award from The British Academy of Film and Television Arts event at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City, and will run for ten full days featuring classic Python sketches, skits and, songs; fans calling in with requests; fans and celebrities telling favorite sketches and Python memories; and various members of the original Python troupe reminiscing and talking of new projects.

The 24/7 channel will showcase comedic bits from Monty Python’s Flying Circus television show, including the legendary segments “Spam,” “Nudge Nudge,” “Killer Joke,” “Argument Clinic,” “Cheese Shop” and unexpected skits like “The Spanish Inquisition,” and tracks from the troupe’s various albums, including Monty Python and The Holy Grail, Monty Python’s Contractual Obligation Album, Matching Tie and Handkerchief, Monty Python’s Life of Brian, Monty Python’s The Meaning Of Life and Monty Python Sings.

Monty Python fans can request their favorite skits during the “Monty Python Request Shows” airing regularly throughout the ten days. During this segment, fans will take the stage as they share their memories and tell their stories about watching Python.

“This is the first time that the Pythons have had their very own radio channel and we are proud to honor their 40th anniversary, and complete their invasion of North America, by creating with them Monty Python Radio,” said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SIRIUS XM Radio.

Monty Python Radio will air through Sunday, October 25 on SIRIUS channel 105 and XM channel 151.

For more information, please visit www.sirius.com or www.xmradio.com.

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