Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969–1974)

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The original surreal sketch comedy showcase for the Monty Python troupe.

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  • Graham Chapman in Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969)
  • Terry Jones and Michael Palin in Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969)
  • Eric Idle in Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969)
  • John Cleese and Michael Palin in Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969)
  • John Cleese in Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969)
  • Eric Idle in Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969)

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Cast & Crew

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Creators:

Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, John Cleese

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Did You Know?

Trivia

The head of comedy at the BBC said that the title had to include the word "Circus", because the people at the BBC had referred to the six cast members wandering around the BBC offices as a circus, so they added "Flying" to make it sound less like a real circus and more like something out of the first world war. And in front of that, added "Monty Python" because it sounded like a really bad theatrical agent, and also that the large, constricting snake was appropriate imagery.


Quotes

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Goofs

The Air Tube that operates Mr Tree's mouth can be seen in the profile shot, when light starts glinting off it.


Crazy Credits

One episode omits the entire opening sequence of "Monty Python's Flying Circus" in favour of a simple title caption - "The Cycling Tour".


Alternate Versions

The A&E home video VHS & DVD versions, while restoring some footage, have eliminated some as well, including:

  • The word "masturbation" in the "All-England Summarize Proust Competition" sketch.
  • 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.


Soundtracks

The Liberty Bell
(1893) (uncredited)
Music by
John Philip Sousa
Performed by The Band of the Grenadier Guards
(opening theme music)

Storyline

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Comedy

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