A comedy panel game in which being Quite Interesting is more important than being right. Sandi Toksvig is joined each week by four comedians to share anecdotes and trivia, and maybe answer some questions as well.
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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The Knight in shining armour who crops up sporadically throughout the show was in fact played by Terry Gilliam, the American member of Monty Python, who normally provided the animated sequences. He would work seven days a week on them, and usually two-all nighters. See more »
Six blokes getting paid for being silly (oh yes, and changing comedy forever)
With hindsight, it seems possible that we can praise the Pythons
much. But you have to look at what they did in the context of its
They blew a massive hole in the conventions of not only
comedy, but television itself. They used (and abused) the medium
what was then the limit of its potential: no thirty-second
skits, no contrived punchlines (except in the name of self-mocking
irony), performers falling out of character and addressing the
skits being intruded by characters from a previous sketch, or even
entirely different episode (so you had to pay attention!),
stream-of-consciousness animated links, absurd props (the 16 ton
weight)... and they claim they merely threw it all together when the
approached them to make a "satirical sketch show" in the vein of
Frost Report" or "TW3".
Not only that, but they have influenced probably every comedy writer
performer of note ever since.
The Pythons are either authentic, top-drawer geniuses, or the
luckiest opportunists who ever lived - probably a bit of both!
caught the BBC with its knickers down and took advantage.
OK, so the shows look their age, and much of the material is
patchy, hit-and-miss stuff. But we only remember the good bits, and
is those good bits which will ensure the place in television history
Messrs Chapman, Cleese, Gilliam, Idle, Palin and Jones for many years
Lavishing praise on a thirty-two-year-old television series? It
seems a bit silly to me...
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