The following excerpts are taken from the news article...

"A series of training films featuring British comedians making light of office tasks is to be preserved by the British Film Institute (BFI).

BFI senior curator Patrick Russell said: "Video Arts is an important part of the art and history of film-making that has had a real impact in the workplace."

In addition to John Cleese, the instructional films feature some of the UK's best known comic actors of the last 40 years. Ronnie Corbett, Ronnie Barker and Bernard Cribbins were among the stars to appear in the early Video Arts films. In the 1980s and 1990s, Hugh Laurie, Emma Thompson, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Rik Mayall, and Stephen Fry were brought in to make new films as well as updated versions of the most popular original titles.

The company that made the films, Video Arts, was set up in 1972 by John Cleese and Sir Antony Jay. The Video Arts films are popular with audiences and managers and deal with topics including leadership, customer service and workplace skills.

Two of the titles will also be made available to the public free online from next month. The two free films are Manhunt, released in 1974, in which John Cleese plays three different inept managers who cannot run a selection interview, and a 2016 short called Control Freakery which features Robert Webb and Sally Phillips.

Martin Addison, chief executive officer of Video Arts, said: "Our library charts the changes that have taken place in the workplace and documents our unique approach of using humour to change behaviours at work."

 "People learn nothing when they're asleep and very little when they're bored'." - John Cleese


International Tele-Film has proudly provided Video Arts award-winning training programs to its business, government and educational customers in Canada since 1974. The John Cleese programs were, and still are, the go-to classroom favourite for many trainers. Their ground-breaking "wrong way, right way" approach to resolving workplace issues has since been adopted by other training producers as the standard for workplace learning.

Following are clips from only a few of the John Cleese classic training videos:

Meetings, Bloody Meetings (1994 Version)The world's best-selling training video


Meetings, Bloody Meetings (2012 Version

The Helping Hand

The Unorganized Manager Series: Part 1 – Damnation

So You Want To Be a Success at Selling


To preview all of the John Cleese – or any Video Arts training programs – please visit our website and search by producer – Video Arts - or click on the following link to our Video Arts page






cleese_young.pngFor program details on each Video Arts program and for full-length previews, visit our website

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Post Note:
Comedian Ronnie Corbett
passed away on March 31,
2016 at the age of 85.