By Lucy Jones For The Mail On Sunday
Published: 23:54 BST, 1 August 2020 | Updated: 23:54 BST, 1 August 2020
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
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’sonos