- Was Head Boy at the Royal Grammar School.
- Met and performed comedy with Michael Palin in The Oxford Revue.
- Directed three of the four films that have been banned in Ireland: Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979), Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (1983) and Personal Services (1987).
- Authored several children's books, beginning with Fairy Tales in 1981, and adapted one of them, The Saga of Erik the Viking, into a film in 1989 (as Erik the Viking).
BAFTA Film Awards
Cannes Film Festival
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