Overview

Following the success of the 1979 show and the financial benefits accruing to Amnesty from the spin-off movie, TV special and record albums – Cleese, Lewis and Walker planned the next show to be a more spectacular event. Cleese focused on broadening the comedic talent to be presented at the show. In addition to the Amnesty show stalwarts drawn from the Oxbridge/Monty Python/Beyond The Fringe orbit, he invited newcomers such as Rowan Atkinson’s colleagues from the BBC TV show Not the Nine O'Clock News including Pamela Stephenson and Griff Rhys Jones; comedian Victoria Wood and regional comic Jasper Carrott. Lewis secured a return appearance by Billy Connolly and a debut appearance by "alternative" comedian Alexei Sayle who Lewis had recently discovered and was managing. Building on the success of Pete Townshend's 1979 appearance Lewis recruited other rock musicians to perform at the 1981 show including Sting, Phil Collins, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Donovan and Bob Geldof.

  1. Julien Temple

    Director

  2. Terence Dackombe

    Writer

Top Billed Cast

  1. Rowan Atkinson

    Rowan Atkinson

    Himself - Various Roles

  2. Jeff Beck

    Jeff Beck

    Himself

  3. Alan Bennett

    Alan Bennett

    Himself - Various Roles

  4. Graham Chapman

    Graham Chapman

    Himself - Various Roles

  5. Eric Clapton

    Eric Clapton

    Himself

Full Cast & Crew

The Secret Policeman's Other Ball

Facts

Status Released

Release Information

  • September 23, 1982
    Theatrical

    Meaning

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 30m

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