Jones was born in Colwyn Bay, Wales, and graduated from St. Edmund Hall, Oxford. He appeared on At Last the 1948 Show with Michael Palin and John Cleese and wrote for The Frost Report and several other of David Frost's programmes on British television. He was a member of the team of writers and performers that made Monty Python's Flying Circus. He co-wrote with Michael Palin Ripping Yarns, and wrote the screenplay for Labyrinth (1986). He has also written several books on mediŠval history and numerous works for children.
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