|Jake's Journey 1988|
The genesis of the pilot cam from a phone call in which Chapman was offered the chance to write a pilot based on Mark Twain's "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court". Chapman however felt that it had a limited appeal as a TV series and would easily have become repetitive and boring. Therefore he incorporated a time travel element to the storyline so as to ensure that there are further possibilities than just to make use of a middle ages setting. One of the earliest cut scenes include Jake's tripto 1939 Europe. The network wanted Jake to make use of a time machine however Chapman wanted it to be more mysterious.
Chapman seemed excited about the series and the future prospects of what it could be. He talked about filming all over the world and revealed that the story would conclude in a twist as George in different incarnations and at different times in history would attract Jake for a reason which he left unrevealed.
A copy is held at the Library of Congress.
Chris Young as Jake FinleyGraham Chapman as Sir George/The Queen
Nancy Lenehan as Jean Finley
Lane Smith as Mike Finley
Fay Masterson as Sarah Finley
Peter Cook as King Arthur
Written by Graham Chapman, David Sherlock and Andy Schatzberg
Directed by Hal Ashby
- Photos originally from Starlog Magazine 136