Two missing episodes of the cult comedy series At Last the 1948 Show, a precursor to the Monty Python series, have been unearthed. The episodes, in which three then hatchling Pythons starred, feature one of John Cleese’s favourite sketches.
They have been placed in the national archives of the British Film Institute (BFI), which was alerted to their existence by a member of the public and one of them – episode three – will be screened at a film festival next week.
The discovery of the footage, which follows that of two more episodes last year, means that 11 of the original 13 episodes have now been preserved, with audio recordings of the remaining two also surviving.
Steve Bryant, the senior curator for television at the BFI national archive, said: “Once almost forgotten, the recovery and restoration of episodes of At Last the 1948 Show by the BFI over the past 25 years has led to it being acknowledged as one of the key milestones of British television comedy.