Monty Python's Flying Circus: Season 4, Episode 3

The Light Entertainment War (14 Nov. 1974)

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A parody of war includes the invasion of Norway by tutu-clad commandos and a plea to the public to treat the war seriously.


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Episode credited cast:
Alex Diamond / Wingco / General / Mrs. Mock Tudor / Third Program Planner / Mansfield Vermon-Jones, Father / Various
Aging General / Military Defense Counsel / Security Man / Various
Rear Admiral Humphrey DeVere / Gino Agnelli / Squadron Leader / Corporal / Sapper Walters / First Program Planner / Mother / Dorian Williams / Various
First Tramp / Reverend Charlie 'Drooper Hyper-Squawk Smith / Bovril / Presiding General / Nude Organist / Mrs. Elizabeth III / Chief Program Planner / Various
Second Tramp / Len Hanky / Pilot / Colonel Fawcett / 'It's' Man / Second Program Planner / Various
Rebecca Vermon-Jones
Bob Raymond ...
(as Bob E. Raymond)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Neil Innes ...
Singing Airman
Marion Mould


A parody of war includes the invasion of Norway by tutu-clad commandos and a plea to the public to treat the war seriously.

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During the "Woody and Tinny Words" sketch, four servants are seen throughout the sketch standing motionless and expressionless behind the rich family. When the father of the family picks up a shotgun and fires at the caribou out on the lawn, the maid standing behind him can be seen accidentally flinching at the sudden bang. See more »


Mansfield Vermon-Jones, Father: It's a funny thing, dear, all the naughty words sound woody.
Mother: Really dear? How about tit.
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Referenced in Holy Flying Circus (2011) See more »


Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
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"Caribou gorn!"
25 June 2013 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Following 'The Golden Age Of Ballooning' and 'Michael Ellis', it was back to the sketch format for 'Monty Python'. 'The Light Entertainment War' opens with 'Up Your Pavement', a spoof of 'Steptoe & Son', before moving onto a WW2 sketch in which various R.A.F. officers baffle one another with terms like "Dicky Birdy" and "Wizard Prang!". We then get a court-martial in which Idle's character is charged with ''trivialising the war'. Chapman and Idle play a strange married couple

  • he loves 'woody' words while she prefers 'tinny' words. There's a

very good Terry Gilliam animation in which a man sleeps while strange machines work throughout the night to create the following day's good weather. The sketch in the B.B.C. programme planning department ( "how about Dad's Navy?" ) anticipates Kenny Everett's mocking of the B.B.C. Board of Governors by about a decade. Neil Innes closes the show with the song 'Where Does A Dream Begin?'. He contributed numbers to 'Rutland Weekend Television' and later landed his own series - 'The Innes Book Of Records'.

Funniest moment - the spoof war movie trailer which, boasts among other attractions, 'Algy, the bisexual navigator!".

Good stuff. Season 4 was not particularly well received at the time. Some blamed Cleese's departure for the perceived 'drop in quality'. The B.B.C. gave the impression they could not wait to be rid of this troublesome show - Graham Chapman said later they got worse offices with each new series, and for the last, they were placed in a shed near the main gate!

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