Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 19 April 2015

John Cleese hits out at TV bosses?

John Cleese starred in BBC hit comedies Fawlty Towers and Monty Python
John Cleese starred in BBC hit comedies Fawlty Towers and Monty Python

Fawlty Towers actor John Cleese has reportedly criticised BBC bosses over the broadcaster's current crop of comedy shows.

The Sun said that the star made the comments at a farewell show to BBC Television Centre.

"The people who became executives (in the 1960s and 1970s) had produced or directed a great deal of comedy," the 73-year-old was quoted as saying.

"Now there seems to be an executive class and they have never written and never directed. They seem by some mystical process to understand comedy much better.

"And now they want to know what is going to be in every programme so that they can say, 'That won't work'. On the basis of what?"

The BBC has sold Television Centre, where John made Seventies sitcom Fawlty Towers and Monty Python scenes such as the classic Dead Parrot sketch.

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