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Sunday, 26 June 2016

Monty Python's Flying Circus

The first episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus aired on BBC One on October 5, 1969.

The show's title was chosen mainly because it sounded funny. Others considered including Arthur Megapode's Cheap Show, Gwen Dibley's Flying Circus and Vaseline Review.

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The theme music was from an American military march, "The Liberty Bell" written in 1893 by John Phillip Sousa and chosen because there were no royalties to pay as it was in the public domain.

The members of Monty Python were: John Cleese, Eric Idle, Graham Chapman, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin.


John Cleese, Eric Idle, Graham Chapman were members of Cambridge University Footlights, which at the time included future Goodies Tim Brooke-Taylor, Bill Oddie and Graeme Garden as well as Yes Minister author Jonathan Lynn.

The Pythons wrote sketches in small teams but a decision about what was used was democratic. If a majority found in idea funny, it was included.

Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy author Douglas Adams appears as a surgeon in the 42nd episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus.

The show's catchphrase "and now for something completely different" came from a real phrase used by the BBC in radio and television broadcasts.

The term 'spam' for unsolicited emails is derived from the 1970 Monty Python 'spam' sketch set in a cafe where nearly every item on the menu includes the canned luncheon meat.

The 'Dead Parrot' sketch was originally about a car salesman who had an answer for everything wrong with the vehicle he's selling.


The television show ran between 1969 and 1974. It is still well-known and watched around the world.

Monty Python shot their first movie, And Now For Something Completely Different in 1971. Their final movie, Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, was released in 1983.

Elvis Presley was a huge Monty Python fan. His favourite film was Monty Python and the Holy Grail – a copy was in his video machine when he died.


Source Daily Mail 

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