(1942- ) Welsh actor, comedian, screenwriter, film director and author who after appearing in several earlier UK Television comedy series came to considerable prominence as a key member of Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969-1974) and has been associated with many subsequent Python enterprises. In Cinema, he was co-director with Terry Gilliam of Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) and solo director of Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979) and Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (1981); for brief discussion of these films, see Monty Python's Flying Circus.
Of his various book publications, several are genre-related. Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book (graph 1994), with artist Brian Froud, purports to reproduce a commonplace book whose owner had literally squashed fairies (see Supernatural Creatures) between the pages; this won a Hugo for best artwork and a Chesley Award for interior illustration. Strange Stains and Mysterious Smells (graph 1996), also with Froud, continues the conceit. Douglas Adams's Starship Titanic (1997) is a humorous novel Tie based on the titular Starship-based Adventure game Starship Titanic (1998), devised by Douglas Adams; Jones's plot is necessarily more developed than the game scenario, but the book's slapstick Humour has been unfavourably contrasted to Adams's. Evil Machines (coll 2011) comprises Fantasy and Technofantasy stories about Machines that perform their functions badly, or too well. [DRL]
Terence Graham Parry Jones
born Colwyn Bay, Denbighshire [now Clwyd]: 1 February 1942
For works by the Python collective as a whole, see Monty Python's Flying Circus.
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