Monty Python star Michael Palin, 76, undergoes four-hour heart surgery

The legendary comedian and broadcaster continued: “My chest won’t really be ready for any gold medallions for at least six weeks, and I’m told the ticker, which enlarges to deal with the extra work-load from dysfunctional valves, may take a year to return to normal size.”

Michael Palin recalls singing to the late Terry Jones and forgetting all of the words

Palin – who met Jones when they were students at Oxford in the 1960s and went on to form Monty Python with John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Eric Idle and Terry Gilliam – said he had previously managed to Jones laugh.

John Cleese, 80, strolls hand in hand with wife Jennifer Wade, 47, on cosy outing after second cancer scare

Speaking on Lorraine last year, the star poked fun at his messy love life, quipping: ‘Fourth wife, finally got it right! I really recommend it. If you can find a wife you really like…’