Rutland Weekend Television (1975)

Rutland Weekend Television was a television sketch show on BBC2, written by Eric Idle with music by Neil Innes. Two series were broadcast, the first consisting of six episodes in 1975, the second of seven in 1976. A Christmas special also aired on Boxing Day 1975. It was Idle's first television project after Monty Python's Flying Circus, which ended the previous year. The show was the catalyst for The Rutles. Rutland Weekend Television or RWT centred on "Britain's smallest television network", situated in England's smallest county, Rutland. The show's title alludes to London Weekend Television. A Rutland TV station would be pretty small, so a Rutland Weekend Television would have to be ridiculously tiny. The joke was doubly meaningful as Idle had accidentally been granted a presentation budget instead of the more lavish budgets associated with light entertainment - so the weekly patter about their inability to buy props and sets was in fact quite real. Indeed, the last show of the first series featured Idle and Innes, stripped and shivering in blankets under a bare bulb, singing about how the power's about to be shut off. Idle speaks bitterly about these conditions now but his attempts to overcome them formed the basis of a lot of the show's jokes.

Directing:
  • John Frankenheimer
  • Richard Stanley

Writing:
  • Ron Hutchinson
  • H.G. Wells
  • Richard Stanley

Stars:
Release Date: 1975-05-12
Seasons: 1 2
  • Country: GB
  • Language: En
  • Runtime: 30
Marco Hofschneider
Marco Hofschn...
M'Ling
Clare Grant
Clare Grant
Fox Lady
Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando
Dr. Moreau
Val Kilmer
Val Kilmer
Montgomery
David Thewlis
David Thewlis
Edward Douglas
Fairuza Balk
Fairuza Balk
Aissa
Temuera Morrison
Temuera Morri...
Azazello
Mark Dacascos
Mark Dacascos
Lo-Mai
Ron Perlman
Ron Perlman
Sayer of the Law
William Hootkins
William Hootk...
Kiril
David Hudson
David Hudson
Bison Man
Richard Stanley
Richard Stanl...
Melting bulldog
Daniel Rigney
Daniel Rigney
Hyena-Swine
Nelson de la Rosa
Nelson de la...
Majai
Peter Elliott
Peter Elliott
Assassimon
Miguel Lopez
Miguel Lopez
Waggdi
Neil Young
Neil Young
Boar Man
Frank Welker
Frank Welker
Assassimon (voice)
David Battley
David Battley
Unknown
Henry Woolf
Henry Woolf
Unknown
Eric Idle
Eric Idle
Unknown
Gwen Taylor
Gwen Taylor
Unknown
Neil Innes
Neil Innes
Unknown
Bob Harris
Bob Harris
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