Graham Chapman's Personal Scripts for "At Last The 1948 Show" (7)
A group of seven of Graham Chapman’s original scripts for the legendary Pre-Monty Python television series “At Last the 1948 Show.” This incredibly influential TV show made for Britain's ITV network during 1967, brought Cambridge Footlights type-humour to a broader audience. It was written by and starred Graham Chapman and John Cleese (in their pre-Python days), Marty Feldmann (in his first screen appearance), Tim Brooke-Taylor (later one of The Goodies), and Aimi McDonald. Future Python Eric Idle, also made appearances. The show laid the groundwork for the type of sketch comedy made famous by Monty Python only a couple of years later. In fact, several of the show's sketches were later revived by Monty Python for their two German TV specials as well as their stage shows and records. Interestingly, the show’s title had no relationship to the year 1948; it simply referred to TV companies' annoying habit of letting new shows sit on the shelves for months at a time before broadcasting them. There were a total of thirteen twenty-five minute episodes aired, but for some unknown reason, all but three episodes were erased by the BBC. These three surviving episodes have since become the stuff of legend, having been passed around by comedians and comedy writers for years. Offered are Graham Chapman’s original scripts for this groundbreaking television show, constituting the first seven shows. They exhibit annotations, and include Chapman’s name on the front cover (two in his own hand). Within is comedy history, some of which has not been seen in nearly four decades. Included are three original “At Last the 1948 Show” publicity photographs, an illustrated ticket for the show airing February 20, 1967, and a ticket stub to the very first show airing February 13, 1967.