BBC America Flies Comic Flag Over ‘Python,’ Series Deals


Now for a completely different way to spend Memorial Day.

BBC America has acquired the rights to Monty Python’s Flying Circus and will marathon the seminal British sketch comedy on May 26, beginning at 9 a.m. (ET).

A spokeswoman for BBC America, which also bought the rights to The Graham Norton Show and Not Going Out, said the network has not yet mapped out its plans for Python, beyond its holiday opening. BBC America, though, has the rights to its first three 13-installment seasons, its six-season fourth campaign, plus two one-hour specials Fliegender Zirkus, made for German television.

As for Graham Norton, BBC America has secured the rights to the talk show’s 13-episode third season. The U.S. premiere is April 26 at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) and the series will run weekly in that timeslot thereafter.

Sitcom Not Going Out starts May 2 at 9:20 p.m. The series, stars top U.K. comedian Lee Mack as a man in need of a roommate. But Mack gets more than he bargained for in Californian Kate (Megan Dodds), as they become quite more than friends.