“He who would keep a secret must keep it a secret that he hath a secret to keep.” – Sir Humphrey Appleby (Nigel Hawthorne), YES MINISTER
I’ve been a Monty Python fan for decades and I am obviously not alone. Check out this personalized license plate I spied on a vehicle. It seems someone’s affinity for the sketch series may be equal to my own.
If you don’t get the reference, it’s from the sixth episode of the series – specifically a sketch in which Graham Chapman played a domineering movie producer causing a flunkie to coin the word “splunge” defined as “it’s a great-idea-but-possibly-not-and-I’m-not-being indecisive.” Obscure? You bet. But how else to recognize a true fan?
“Hello again, and welcome to the show. Tonight we continue to look at some famous deaths. Tonight we start with the wonderful death of Genghis Khan, conqueror of India. Take it away, Genghis.” – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (John Cleese), MONTY PYTHON’S FLYING CIRCUS, episode one (“Whither Canada?”)
What was the name of the giant hedgehog on MONTY PYTHON’S FLYING CIRCUS that would often appear in the background, calling out, “Dinsdale?”
The first episode of the second series of MONTY PYTHON’S FLYING CIRCUS introduced viewers to the gangland figures known as the Piranha Brothers, Doug and Dinsdale. Sentenced to 400 years imprisonment for crimes of violence, this dastardly duo had ruled their criminal empire through a combination of violence and sarcasm. Among the siblings’ eccentricities was Dinsdale’s belief that he was being watched by a giant hedgehog. This hedgehog, which Dinsdale believed to sleep in aeroplane hangar at Luton airport, could be anywhere from twelve feet to eight hundred yards long. Obviously a figment of Dinsdale’s imagination, this large mammal appeared as one of Terry Gilliam’s animations and, over the course of the series, would randomly pop up and call out for Dinsdale. Continue reading
The groundbreaking sketch comedy series MONTY PYTHON’S FLYING CIRCUS turns 50 on Saturday. So in honor of the golden anniversary of this influential program, I thought I’d do the impossible and rank my Top Five Python Sketches.
Understand – I’ve loved this show since I first saw it in middle school and, as a burgeoning fan, I devoured everything Python I could read, see and hear, from comedy albums to books and feature films. In fact, I first saw the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail when UNC-TV aired it 40 years ago. Over the years, I’ve dressed as Python characters for Halloween and played Python-themed card games – I even gotten a chance to meet the late Graham Chapman when he toured college campuses in the 80s. So it’s safe to say I know my Monty Python sketches and love them all, even the obscure. But ranking them? That hurts. It’s like picking a favorite child.
Keep in mind, these are sketches only from the TV series MONTY PYTHON’S FLYING CIRCUS and considered as they were presented on that seminal comedy series. These are not necessarily the best or the most well known but simply put: MY TOP FIVE MONTY PYTHON SKETCHES. Continue reading
What was the name of George and Janet’s son on MY HERO?
The Britcom MY HERO was a rare bird indeed – a domestic situation comedy in the form of sci fi. When superhero Thermoman (Ardal O’Hanlon) rescued nurse Janet Dawkins (Emily Joyce), he fell in love with her and wooed her as his awkward alter ego, George Sunday. The relationship blossomed as George accustomed to the peculiarities of Earth life and an Earth relationship. And despite nosy in-laws and alien fiancées, the couple made it work. Janet got pregnant with their first child who was born not only with a full set of teeth and the ability to talk but with a few superpowers of his own. While George wanted to name his son Pontius (after Pontius Pilate), Janet was pushing for a more normal Benjamin. However, the newborn had his own ideas and named himself. Continue reading
What was the name of Sandy’s policeman boyfriend on AS TIME GOES BY?
Ah, AS TIME GOES BY! A fan favorite Britcom, that’s for sure. UNC-TV has been airing the series on and off (mostly on) for twenty years now and Dame Judi Dench was a household name around these parts long before she became a bona fide A-lister. And her co-star, Geoffrey Palmer, is equally beloved and respected in the public broadcasting arena. Continue reading