Monty Python's Flying Circus


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FACTFILE
ON THE AIR 5th October 1969 - 5th December 1974
ORIGINAL CHANNEL BBC 1
PRODUCTION COMPANY BBC Television
NUMBER OF EPISODES 45
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CAST Full Cast Listings
   
MISSING BELIEVED WIPED N/A - All epsiodes still in existence
ARCHIVE HOLDERS BBC Worldwide
Unit 14-18 Perivale Industrial Estate
Horsenden
UB6 7RW

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Monty Python's Flying Circus was a surreal comedy sketch show on BBC 1 starting in 1969. The show featured many different sketches and different comedy charactors played by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin with animation by Terry Gillingham. Many of the sketches featured absurd situation such as being sold a dead parrot or the ficticious Ministry of Silly Walks. Terry Gillingham provided surreal animations for the show including the big human foot that would come down and squash people or the show's titles.Another thing the show was known for was it's spoof BBC 1 continuity which was a regular feature in the shows.

The show built on the sucesses of two shows that had appeares on the other channel. Do not adjust your set had featured Terry Jones, Eric Idle and Michael Palin (alongside David Jason and Denise Coffee) in this comedy sketch show. Another Rediffusion show, At last the 1948 show, had starred Graham Chapman and John Cleese (along with Marty Feldman and Tim Brooke Taylor.

Most of the Pythons would end up working together on The Frost Report and would decide that they should create a zany comedy show of their own.

Although the show has earned cult status and became an influence to many following shows and comedy acts the show was not a ratings sucess to begin with, the first episode would only get a three percent audience share on its Sunday night slot making it the least watched entertainment show that week. While ratings would improve the relationship between the BBC and the cast were often strained (the BBC ended up making a number of edits in the show including on one episode where the Pythons had put the telephone number of David Frost on a sketch leading to members of the public contacting him)

There was four films by the Pythons that followed the series ending, And now for something completely different (in essence a remaking of various sketches from the show, Monty Python and the quest for the Holy Grail, Life of Brian and The Meaning of Life.

 

MONTY PYTHON'S FLYING CIRCUS [TITLES] - 1969

 

 
   
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Monty Python's Flying Circus [Titles]
Episode #1.1 -Whither Canada?
5th October 1969
BBC Television


MONTY PYTHON'S FLYING CIRCUS [CREDITS] - 1969

 



   
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Monty Python's Flying Circus [Credits]
Episode #1.1 - Whither Canada?
5th October 1969
BBC Television


MONTY PYTHON'S FLYING CIRCUS [TITLES] - 1970

 

 
   
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Monty Python's Flying Circus [Titles]
Episode #2.13 - Royal Episode Thirteen
22nd December 1970
BBC Television


MONTY PYTHON'S FLYING CIRCUS [CREDITS] - 1972

 



 
   
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Monty Python's Flying Circus [Credits]
Episode #3.1 - Whicker's World
19th October 1972
BBC Television


MONTY PYTHON'S FLYING CIRCUS [TITLES] - 1973

 

 
   
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Monty Python's Flying Circus [Titles]
Episode #3.12 - A Book at Bedtime
11th January 1973
BBC Television



MONTY PYTHON'S FLYING CIRCUS [TITLES] - 1974

 

 
   
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Monty Python's Flying Circus [Titles]
Episode #4.2 - Michael Ellis
7th November 1974
BBC Television

 

 



MONTY PYTHON'S FLYING CIRCUS [CREDITS] - 1974

 



   
   
   
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Monty Python's Flying Circus [Credits]
Episode #4.2 - Michael Ellis
7th November 1974
BBC Television



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