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Ripping Yarns is just that, a collection of tales of great adventure, mystery, suspense and high drama, that make for ripping good television. The series was created by Monty Python's Flying Circus alum Michael Palin and Terry Jones. Michael played the lead role in each tale and his main character's name is denoted in the episode description in bold; however, that however wasn't enough for Michael because he would also play various other small roles in each tale. If you look carefully you'll also see other Python alum John Cleese and Eric Idle making cameo appearances.
|S01E01||Tomkinson's Schooldays||00/00/0000||An authentic account of an English boy's, Tomkinson, life at a public school, where he tries to escape and receives help from the school bully.|
|S01E02||The Testing of Eric Olthwaite||00/00/0000||An English boy, Eric Olthwaite who is so boring that he causes his parents and sister to run away, gets involved with a bank robber who share his interests. Together they become notorious for stealing things that they're interested in, like shovels and weather records. Suddenly Eric becomes very popular.|
|S01E03||Escape From Stalag Luft 112 B||04/10/1977||During WW I, prisoner of war, Major Edwin Phipps continually tries to escape despite his fellow officers lack of interest. Then after they all escape, he is the only one left, watched by 45 guards. That only slows down his plan of escape, even when the Germans ask him for advice on how to escape, then they all leave him totally alone.|
|S01E04||Murder at Moorstones Manor||11/10/1977||Murder is on the mind of a member of the Chiddingfold family. The most obvious suspect is Charles; at the end of the day, everyone left alive confesses.|
|S01E05||Across the Andes by Frog||18/10/1977||British sporting events and native superstitions destroy Captain Snetterton's expedition to study frogs as they cross the Andes mountains.|
|S01E06||The Curse of the Claw||25/10/1977||Kevin Orr, must return the Claw of the Holy Vulture to Burma to stop it from inflicting its curse on his family.|
|S02E01||Whinfrey's Last Case||10/10/1979||A national hero, Gerald Whinfrey, turns down an assignment to research rumors that Germany has started World War I a year ahead of schedule. Instead he'd rather get the holiday in that he wants so badly. His destination is a tiny Cornish fishing village, where things aren't as they seem.|
|S02E02||Golden Gordon||17/10/1979||Gordon Ottershaw, Barnstoneworth's biggest and perhaps only football supporter, desperately hopes for one last victory for the team; before the grounds are sold to a scrap dealer. Gordon goes in search of former team members in hopes of getting that one last victory.|
|S02E03||Roger of the Raj||24/10/1979||Roger and Miranda yearn to run away together and open a chemist's shop, but a native uprising interrupts their planned elopement.|
|S00E01||Deleted Scene - Murder at Moorstones Manor||00/00/0000|
|S00E02||Black and Blue - Secrets||00/00/0000|
|S00E03||Comic Roots - Michael Palin||00/00/0000|
|S00E04||Alexander Armstrong's Real Ripping Yarns||15/10/2016||A documentary with the BBC's Alexander Armstrong which examined the assumptions and outlook of the original boys' magazines of which Ripping Yarns were a parody. Both Palin and Jones contributed to the program.|