18/06/2014 05:24 BST | Updated 18/06/2014 05:59 BST

Monty Python's John Cleese Slams BBC, Saying They 'Don't Understand' Comedy And Produce 'An Awful Amount Of Crap'

The stars of Monty Python have criticised the BBC in a new interview, claiming the broadcaster doesn’t understand comedy and produces “an awful amount of crap” nowadays.

The comedy troupe are currently putting the final preparations in place for their forthcoming string of shows at London’s O2 Arena, which will see the five surviving members of the group perform on stage together for the first time since 1980.

The Monty Python cast

John Cleese has now stated that despite the group’s massive success in their heyday, he doesn’t think their original comedy series ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus’ would be given the go-ahead by the BBC if it were made today, saying the way comedy is produced has changed… and not for the better, in his opinion.

Speaking to Time Out, he said: “What has happened since my time is that a very simple process, which worked wonderfully well at the BBC, has been lost. In those days the departmental heads were very trusting of their producers.

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