Monty Python's Flying Circus Page 5

Monty Python's Flying Circus. Image shows from L to R: Eric Idle, Graham Chapman, Michael Palin, John Cleese, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam. Copyright: BBC.

Monty Python's Flying Circus

Highly influential off-the-wall 1970s sketch series, starring John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Graham Chapman and Terry Jones


Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Saturday 27th October 2018, 9:39am
  • England
  • 14,412 posts

Am working my way through the four series at the moment (rotating with The Inbetweeners, The Phil Silvers' Show and The Young Ones) and John Cleese was right when he said they didn't know how they got away with some of it, as they were clearly self-indulgent and not that funny.

I agree with him as there is certainly a lot of dross in there - some complete episodes being not quite, but nearly............dire.
Most is very funny though I think and so far, the one episode that shines way above the rest is The Spanish Inquisition - the whole segued plot (court room sequence etc.), with Michael Palin superb! So funny the way he expands his list "No one! Expects the Spanish Inquisition. Our chief weapons are fear, surprise, ruthless efficiency and.....our four weapons are.................I'll come in again". Hilarious!

And of course, when they go to torture the old lady, Biggles and Cardinal Fang (horrified) "The Comfy Chair!!!?"

My only regret is not being able to find the name of the gorgeous babe who is produced as evidence in the courtroom scene.............she appears to be uncredited. :(



  • Monday 7th January 2019, 5:56pm
  • Australia
  • 5,140 posts
Quote: Chappers @ 7th October 2018, 11:12 PM

Eric Idle has a "Sortabiography" coming out. There was an excerpt in today's Mail on Sunday. One quote I found funny "we read out our sketches and if we laughed we kept them in. If not we sold it to the Two Ronnies."

Almost finished this. One wonders if he was instructed to dumb it down for the American market. The unrelenting name-dropping and unrelenting pomposity could have been toned down a mite. He's careful to let us know that Neil Innes was a mere hired hand for The Rutles. And vanity precludes any mention of Ollie Halsall (who does all the actual singing and playing of Idle's Dirk McQuickly character in The Rutles). Oh, by the way, did I mention Always Look on the Bright Side of Life? Splendid, I'll mention it again and again and again and again. And here's a photo of my wife's bum on the cover of Playboy.

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  • Monday 7th January 2019, 9:06pm
  • Surreyish., England
  • 29,558 posts

I haven't read the book. Is it true that he's planning to change his name to Eric Idol?



  • Tuesday 8th January 2019, 1:54am
  • Australia
  • 5,140 posts

He does mention staging a joke about Idle/Idol by having Billy Idol appear on stage during one gig. Idol starts singing The Lumberjack Song, only for Idle to remonstrate with him and send him off, then Idol comes back at the finale for the f**king inevitable Always Look on the Bright Side of Life. It reads funnier than it looked.