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Monty Python's Flying Circus: :  -- The original surreal sketch comedy showcase for the Monty Python troupe.


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5 October 1969 (UK) See more »
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The original surreal sketch comedy showcase for the Monty Python troupe. Full summary »
3 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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Silliness to the extreme! See more (73 total) »


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Graham Chapman ... Various / ... (46 episodes, 1969-1974)

Eric Idle ... Various / ... (46 episodes, 1969-1974)

Terry Jones ... Various / ... (46 episodes, 1969-1974)

Michael Palin ... It's Man / ... (46 episodes, 1969-1974)

Terry Gilliam ... Various / ... (46 episodes, 1969-1974)

John Cleese ... Announcer / ... (40 episodes, 1969-1973)

Carol Cleveland ... Various / ... (34 episodes, 1969-1974)
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Series Directed by
Ian MacNaughton (46 episodes, 1969-1974)
John Howard Davies (5 episodes, 1969)
Series Writing credits
Graham Chapman (46 episodes, 1969-1974)
Eric Idle (46 episodes, 1969-1974)
Terry Jones (46 episodes, 1969-1974)
Michael Palin (46 episodes, 1969-1974)
Terry Gilliam (44 episodes, 1969-1974)
John Cleese (43 episodes, 1969-1974)
Neil Innes (2 episodes, 1974)

Series Produced by
Ian MacNaughton .... producer / junior producer: Mafia Films Inc. (42 episodes, 1969-1974)
John Howard Davies .... producer (4 episodes, 1969)
Series Original Music by
Neil Innes (1 episode, 1974)
Series Cinematography by
James Balfour (20 episodes, 1969-1971)
Alan Featherstone (18 episodes, 1969-1973)
Stanley Speel (6 episodes, 1974)
Terry Hunt (2 episodes, 1970)

Max Samett (unknown episodes)
Series Film Editing by
Ray Millichope (40 episodes, 1969-1973)
Robert C. Dearberg (6 episodes, 1974)
Howard Dell (3 episodes, 1969-1971)
Series Production Design by
Robert Berk (18 episodes, 1970-1974)
Chris Thompson (6 episodes, 1969-1973)
Richard Hunt (5 episodes, 1970-1971)
Geoffrey Patterson (4 episodes, 1969-1970)
Kenneth Sharp (4 episodes, 1970-1971)
Roger Liminton (3 episodes, 1969)
Ian Watson (3 episodes, 1972)
Valerie Warrender (3 episodes, 1974)
Jeremy Davies (2 episodes, 1969)
Series Costume Design by
Hazel Pethig (37 episodes, 1969-1973)
Andrew Rose (6 episodes, 1974)
Series Makeup Department
Magdalen Gaffney .... makeup artist (21 episodes, 1970-1973)
Joan Barrett .... makeup supervisor / makeup artist (13 episodes, 1969-1970)
Penny Norton .... makeup artist (7 episodes, 1970-1971)
Maggie Weston .... makeup artist (6 episodes, 1974)
Series Art Department
Bob Blagden .... graphic designer (9 episodes, 1970-1973)
Series Sound Department
Peter Rose .... sound (14 episodes, 1970-1971)
John Delany .... sound (12 episodes, 1969-1972)
Richard Chubb .... sound (12 episodes, 1972-1973)
Ron Blight .... sound recordist (6 episodes, 1974)
Paul Roberts .... assistant sound editor (6 episodes, 1974)
Mike Jones .... sound (5 episodes, 1974)
Jack Sudic .... sound (2 episodes, 1969)

Doug Smith .... sound (unknown episodes)
Series Visual Effects by
John Horton .... visual effects designer / visual effects (19 episodes, 1970-1974)
Bernard Wilkie .... visual effects designer (6 episodes, 1972-1973)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
James Purdie .... lighting technician (21 episodes, 1970-1974)
Otis Eddy .... lighting technician (20 episodes, 1969-1971)
Bill Bailey .... lighting technician (6 episodes, 1972-1973)
James Balfour .... camera operator / film camera (5 episodes, 1969)
Joan Williams .... still photographer (2 episodes, 1970)
Peter Willis .... camera operator: rostrum camera (2 episodes, 1972-1974)
Series Animation Department
Terry Gilliam .... animator (46 episodes, 1969-1974)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Hazel Pethig .... costume supervisor (3 episodes, 1969)
Series Music Department
John Philip Sousa .... composer: theme "Liberty Bell March" (17 episodes, 1969-1974)
Fred Tomlinson .... choral director (6 episodes, 1969-1972)
Bill McGuffie .... musical director / musician: piano, "Someone Else I'd Like to Be" (2 episodes, 1969-1974)
Series Other crew
Patricia Houlihan .... researcher (15 episodes, 1970-1972)
Sarah Hart Dyke .... researcher (9 episodes, 1969-1970)
Brian Jones .... production assistant (6 episodes, 1974)
Suzan Davies .... researcher (4 episodes, 1972-1973)

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Additional Details

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30 min (45 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:M (DVD rating) (disc 8) | Brazil:14 | Canada:PG | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 (self applied) (DVD) (2007) | Japan:R | Singapore:M18 | Singapore:M18 (DVD rating) | UK:PG | UK:12 (some epiosodes) | UK:15 (1985-1994) | USA:TV-14

Did You Know?

Terry Gilliam was the only American in the group, and although he appears occasionally on-screen, his roles were generally non-speaking or with few lines. Gilliam's primary contributions, the animated sequences that "linked" the various live sketches, were one of the the key components that set Flying Circus apart from its peers, and remain among the most memorable elements of the show.See more »
Interviewer:Good evening. Well, we have in the studio tonight a man who says things in a very roundabout way. Isn't that so, Mr Pudifoot?
Mr. Pudifoot:Yes.
Interviewer:Have you always said things in a very roundabout way?
Mr. Pudifoot:Yes.
Interviewer:Well, I can't help noticing that, for someone who claims to say things in a very roundabout way, your last two answers have had very little of the discursive quality about them.
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34 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Silliness to the extreme!, 30 May 1999
Author: Jeff ( from L.A. CA

Any episode of Monty Python will reduce one to fits of laughing that will produce bouts of tears that will render the viewer on the ground. Great physical comedy on all parts, but especially John Cleese in the Ministry of Silly Walks sketch, which is his least favorite sketch. Great writing that walks that fine line between genius and silly, and meshes the two. These guys also knew when and how to start end a sketch. Still funny thirty years later, wish the same could be said about Saturday Night Live. Too bad there wasn't some knight who could hit Lorne Michaels with a chicken.

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