Series 1, Episode 5 - Michael Palin
One of the key players in the Monty Python troupe, Michael Palin has compiled personal favourite moments from the groundbreaking show that continues to influence sketch comedians around the world, some 40 years since the end of its original run.
Having graduated from Oxford University in 1965 with ambitions to be a writer and performer of comedy, Palin joined friend Terry Jones in writing for The Frost Report in the mid-60s. There they met fellow writers John Cleese, Graham Chapman and Eric Idle and in 1969 they teamed up with American animator Terry Gilliam to create Monty Python's Flying Circus.
Here, Palin presents the notorious fish-slapping dance, in which he dances towards John Cleese, lightly slapping him in the face with two small pilchards, before Cleese returns the favour by striking him with a giant halibut. Also featured is the world-famous cheese shop sketch, among other moments that see Palin at his hysterical best.
- Thursday 12th February 2015
- Sky Arts
- 30 minutes
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