Michael Palin and Eric Idle All of the Python alumni have gone on to achieve individual success in film and television. Palin, once voted the best-looking of the Pythons, has been busy in British television and film, and, most recently, in the film Fierce Creatures with fellow Python John Cleese. Eric Idle has been busy with television and has starred in a few movies in the 90s, including Nuns on the Run and Splitting Heirs. But what many people dont know that much of the Pythons music was composed by Idle. Any stage show, particularly with new musical numbers, would rely on Idles musical talents.