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Terry Jones

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Terence Graham Parry Jones (born 1 February 1942) is a Welsh comedian, screenwriter, actor, film director, children’s author, popular historian, political commentator and TV documentary host. He is best known as a member of the Monty Python comedy team.

As a member of the Monty Python troupe, Jones is remembered for his roles as middle-aged women and the bowler-hatted “man in the street”. He typically wrote sketches in partnership with Palin.

One of Jones’s early concerns was devising a fresh format for the Python TV shows, and it was largely Jones who developed the stream-of-consciousness style which abandoned punchlines and instead encouraged the fluid movement of one sketch to another – allowing the team’s conceptual humour the space to “breathe”. Jones also objected to TV directors’ use of sped-up film, over-emphatic music, and static camera style, and took a keen interest in the direction of the shows. He later committed himself to directing the Python films Monty Python and the Holy Grail (with Terry Gilliam), The Life of Brian, and Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life, and as director, finally gained fuller control of the projects, devising a visual style that allowed the performers ‘space’; for instance, in the use of wide shots for long exchanges of dialogue, and more economical use of music.

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