Created by Michael Palin and Terry Jones following the end of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Ripping Yarns was a British television series featuring tales of adventure, mystery, suspense and drama – a BBC production that ran for two seasons. Each episode had a different setting and characters, all focused on a different aspect of British culture and parodying pre-World War II literature aimed at schoolboys. “Ripping” is British slang meaning “excellent” or “fine”, and “yarns” is a colloquialism for exaggerated stories.
There were nine episodes in total, the first 6 shown in 1977 and the final three in 1979. Although not reaching the level of acclaim as fellow Python John Cleese’s “Fawlty Towers”, Ripping Yarns has nonetheless achieved cult status.