Monty Python musical Spamalot will be featured on the South Bank Show on the eve of its opening in the West End, on 16 October 2006 (following previews from 30 September). The ITV programme, to be broadcast on 15 October, will give audiences a behind-the-scenes glimpse of how the Python phenomenon has became a huge American hit, while remaining typically and profoundly British. The new musical - “lovingly ripped off from the motion picture Monty Python and the Holy Grail”, written by Python Eric Idle and directed by Mike Nichols - has been a runaway success since it opened on Broadway last year, winning three Tony Awards. The South Bank Show has exclusive interviews with all the Pythons: Idle, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam. Interspersed with classic Monty Python extracts from television shows, films and stage performances, they discuss the creative processes behind Monty Python, while devoted Python fan, Eddie Izzard, talks about why Python’s unique and groundbreaking humour has endured. The film also has exclusive access to Spamalot’s London rehearsals plus some musical interludes from Idle on guitar - following the holy grail of a show, as it comes home from Broadway to the West End.