Monday, 5 October 2009

It’s… Monty Python’s Flying Circus!

Amazing to think of all the great comedy series that came out of the 1960s, the last one of the decade to materialise became perhaps one of the most influential.

Monty Python's Flying Circus began 40 years ago today on BBC1. Initially it was hidden away in the schedules, the resounding sound of The Liberty Bell so much associated with the show signified the beginning of classic sketches, dead parrots, spam, films, spam, records, spam, spam, secret policeman's balls, theatre shows and more spam.

I've just had a great weekend looking over some of these classic shows again, as I'm sure have many other viewers with either a passing interest or a total addiction to all things Python. Even BBC2 had a Python night with a new documentary and several repeats...

Fascinating as it is though, another interesting thought struck me that probably everyone has at one time seen at least one Python sketch or indeed something featuring, written or created by Graham Chapman, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, John Cleese, Eric Idle or Terry Gilliam. A feat taking the team well into the heights popular culture influence which can possibly be only rivalled on a worldwide scale with The Beatles.

Anyway, enough random comments, they probably don't need it, after all, the Internet is littered with them.

But as you go about your everyday business booking holidays to Whicker Island, eating your daily portion of spam or indeed purchasing cheese or a dead parrot, raise a glass to dear old Monty, may he continue to rerun!

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