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The Secret Policeman's Ball -- Trailer for the boxed set of these comedy concerts

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Billy Connolly (writer)
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June 1980 (UK) See more »
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A series of benefit concerts to raise money for Amnesty International. Performances include comedy skits... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

 
Paul Abrahams ... Himself (Piano Player)

Rowan Atkinson ... Various Roles
Chris Beetles ... Beetles and Buckman
Mike Brearley ... Himself
Eleanor Bron ... Various Roles
Rob Buckman ... Beetles and Buckman
Ken Campbell ... Himself
Suzanne Church ... Herself

John Cleese ... Himself - Various Roles

Billy Connolly ... Himself

Peter Cook ... Various Roles
Anna Ford ... Herself
Clive James ... Himself
Clive Jenkins ... Himself

Sylvester McCoy ... Himself

Michael Palin ... Various Roles

David Rappaport ... Himself / Various Roles
Tom Robinson ... Himself
Marcel Steiner ... Himself

Pete Townshend ... Himself
John Williams

Terry Jones ... Himself / Various Roles (uncredited)
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Directed by
Roger Graef 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Billy Connolly  writer

Produced by
John Cleese .... producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Pascoe MacFarlaine 
Clive Tickner 
Ernest Vincze 
 
Other crew
John Cleese .... stage director
 

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Portugal:94 min | UK:94 min (theatrical version) | UK:60 min (TV premiere)
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Australia:PG | UK:AA (theatrical rating) | UK:15 (video rating)

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Monty Python members Michael Palin and John Cleese promoted The Secret Policeman's Ball (1979) (TV) in a rare joint television interview with Michael Billington broadcast on BBC TV on 22nd June 1979.See more »
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[aside]
Judge:I hope you brought a toothbrush.
Judge:[aloud] Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, it is now my duty to advise you on how you should vote when you retire from this court. In the last few weeks we have all heard some pretty extraordinary allegations being made about one of the prettiest, about one of the most distinguished politicians ever to rise to high office in this country - or not...
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Featured in Comedy Greats: Pete and Dud (2007) (V)See more »
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Still funny all these years later, 25 September 2003
Author: tonygillan from England

The best bits of this show are still excellent, particularly the Cleese, Cook, Palin and Billy Connolly contributions. There is some fine music too from Pete Townshend and Tom Robinson.

Peter Cook's judge sketch is a notable highlight, although some of it may be lost on people unfamiliar with the Jeremy Thorpe trial (Thorpe was a British politician who was acquitted of murder after the judge had led the jury to an outrageous degree in his summing up. 'Now go and consider your verdict....of not guilty').

The 'Interesting Facts' sketch with Cook and Cleese is an all time classic, up there with anything by Monty Python, Harry Enfield, Marty Feldman, Saturday Night Live or anyone.

One note of caution. I bought the DVD box set and both of Billy Connolly's routines have been excluded. I have no idea why, but it is a pity as he is in top form on this show.

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