John Cleese says children hardly recognise him

John Cleese says children hardly recognise him and blames BBC for failing to air Monty Python repeats John Cleese said Monty Python has not been on terrestrial TV for 20 years  He said: 'I used to walk into a shop and everyone would recognise me' The 80-year-old comedian was at a question and answer session for fans He believes young people would love to watch Monty Python's Flying Circus  

By Lucy Jones For The Mail On Sunday

Published: 23:54 BST, 1 August 2020 | Updated: 23:54 BST, 1 August 2020

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He may be a legend of comedy, famous for hits including Fawlty Towers and A Fish Called Wanda, yet John Cleese says that today’s young people barely recognise him.

And the reason?

The actor blames the BBC for failing to broadcast repeats of Monty Python in the past two decades.

‘The BBC has not put Monty Python out on terrestrial television now for 20 years and young people don’t know about it,’ Cleese, 80, told his fans in a question and answer session.

John Cleese has blamed the BBC's refusal to broadcast Monty Python's Flying Circus on terrestrial television means that young people no longer recognise who he is

John Cleese has blamed the BBC's refusal to broadcast Monty Python's Flying Circus on terrestrial television means that young people no longer recognise who he is

Cleese’s complaint comes after Shane Allen, former head of comedy at the BBC, said in a 2018 interview that times had moved on from Python’s ‘six Oxbridge white blokes’

Cleese’s complaint comes after Shane Allen, former head of comedy at the BBC, said in a 2018 interview that times had moved on from Python’s ‘six Oxbridge white blokes’

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