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Spam 

World revolutionaries are quizzed about football scores; figures from works of art go on strike throughout galleries in England; the search continues for a cure for over-acting; Viking marauders kidnap Englishmen who ask for canned ham.

Director:

Ian MacNaughton (as Ian 'Mixed Grill' MacNaughton)

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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Terry Jones ... Tobacconist / Magistrate / Karl Marx / Floor Manager / Bumpkin / Spam Waitress (as Spam Terry Jones)
Michael Palin ... It's Man / Fireman / Alexander Yahlt / Second Journalist / First Ypres Voiceover / Sergeant / First Critic / Venus de Milo / Radio Announcer / First Richard III / D.P. Gumby / A Historian (voice) (as Michael Spam Palin)
John Cleese ... The Announcer / Hungarian Citizen / Defence / Second Ypres Voice Over / Auctioneer / Armless Padre (as John Spam John Spam John Spam Cleese)
Graham Chapman ... Policeman / Solomon / Major / Overacting Specialist / Mrs. Bun (as Graham Spam Spam Spam Chapman)
Eric Idle ... Clerk / Journalist / World Forum Presenter / Jenkins / Second Critic / Second Richard III / Mr. Bun (as Eric Spam Eggs and Chips Idle)
Terry Gilliam ... Che Guevara / Cherub / Overacting Hamlets / Magician (voice) (as Terry Spam Sausage Spam Egg Gilliam)
The Fred Tomlinson Singers The Fred Tomlinson Singers ... Vikings (as The Fred Tomlinson Spam Egg Chips and Singers)
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Storyline

World revolutionaries are quizzed about football scores; figures from works of art go on strike throughout galleries in England; the search continues for a cure for over-acting; Viking marauders kidnap Englishmen who ask for canned ham.

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

TV-14
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Details

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 1970 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The Internet term 'Spam' (unsolicited bulk messaging) was derived from the Spam Sketch. See more »

Goofs

In the "World Forum" sketch, the host (Eric Idle) says that Teddy Johnson and Pearl Carr won the 1959 Eurovision Song Contest with "Sing Little Birdie". They actually came second place; Dutch singer Teddy Scholten won the contest with "Een beetje". See more »

Quotes

[intro to "Ypres 1914 - Abandoned"]
Voiceover 1: [and caption] In 1914 the Balance of Power lay in ruins. Europe was plunged into bloody conflict. Nation fought Nation. But no Nation fought Nation morely than the English. Hip hip hooray! Nice nice! Yah boo. Phillips is a German and he have my pen.
Voiceover 2: [and caption] Start again.
Voiceover 1: [and caption] In 1914 the Balance of Power lay in ruins...
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Crazy Credits

In the end credits, every credit has something to do with the Spam sketch: most of the names have "Spam" in them (often more than once); the others have things like "eggs" or "sausage" in them. See more »

Connections

References University Challenge (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Keep the Home Fires Burning ('Till the Boys Come Home)
(uncredited)
Composed by Ivor Novello
Lyrics by Lena Guilbert Ford
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