The irreverent Monty Python comedy troupe present a series of skits which are often surreal, bawdy, uncompromising and/or tasteless, but nearly always hilarious.Written by
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Ranked #5 in TV Guide's list of the "25 Top Cult Shows Ever!" (30 May 2004 issue). See more »
The Air Tube that operates Mr Tree's mouth can be seen in the profile shot, when light starts glinting off it. See more »
['The Great Debate Number 31: TV4 Or Not TV4?']
Hello. Should there be another television channel or not? On tonight's programme, the Minister for Broadcasting, The Right Honourable Mr Ian Throat MP.
Mr Ian Throat:
The chairman of the Amalgamated Money TV, Sir Abe Sappenheim.
Sir Abe Sappenheim:
The Shadow Spokesman for Television, Lord Kinwoodie.
And a television critic, Mr Patrick Loone.
Mr Patrick Loone:
Gentlemen, should there be a fourth television channel or not? Ian?
Mr Ian Throat:
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Several episodes go on for several minutes following the closing credits. Some closing credits even incorporate the BBC "rolling earth" logo that was used at the time between programs. See more »
The A&E home video VHS & DVD versions, while restoring some footage, have eliminated some as well, including:
Graham Chapman's abbreviated rendition of "Tonight Tonight" from "West Side Story" in the "Funny Bus Conductor" sketch.
The ending "Dad's Pooves" film from episode 38.
Dialogue from "Biggles Dictates A Letter" sketch.
A&E explains that: "All of the Monty Python[videos] available at the A&E online store were produced directly from masters that we received." And that some "rights issues" were involved in some of the cuts.
Any episode of Monty Python will reduce one to fits of laughing that will produce bouts of tears that will render the viewer on the ground. Great physical comedy on all parts, but especially John Cleese in the Ministry of Silly Walks sketch, which is his least favorite sketch. Great writing that walks that fine line between genius and silly, and meshes the two. These guys also knew when and how to start end a sketch. Still funny thirty years later, wish the same could be said about Saturday Night Live. Too bad there wasn't some knight who could hit Lorne Michaels with a chicken.
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