You can now spend hours at work surreptiously watching Monty Python excerpts on YouTube.

The comedic legends have launched their own YouTube channel and old chestnuts on there include Always Look on the Bright Side of Life from Life of Brian and Dark Knight from Holy Grail.

And here's the wonderfully prosaic message from the surviving Pythons - John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin: "For three years you YouTubers have been ripping us off, taking tens of thousands of our videos and putting them on YouTube. Now the tables are turned. It's time for us to take matters into our own hands".

"We know who you are, we know where you live and we could come after you in ways too horrible to tell. But being the extraordinarily nice chaps we are, we've figured a better way to get our own back: We've launched our own Monty Python channel on YouTube."

"No more of those crap quality videos you've been posting. We're giving you the real thing - HQ videos delivered straight from our vault."

"What's more, we're taking our most viewed clips and uploading brand new HQ versions. And what's even more, we're letting you see absolutely everything for free. So there!”

"But we want something in return."

"None of your drivelling, mindless comments. Instead, we want you to click on the links, buy our movies and TV shows and soften our pain and disgust at being ripped off all these years."

You've been told!