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Episode cast overview:
Biggles / Loony / Bert Tagg / Second Lifeboatman / Mrs. Edwards / Julian / Various
Announcer / Interviewer / Gladys / Doris / Mr. Mousebender / Various
Chris / Enid / 'Storage Jars' Presenter / Philip Jenkinson / Charles / Various
Nude Organist / Mrs. Neves / Ronald Rodgers / Mr. Tussaud / Various
'It's' Man / Algy / Viking / First Lifeboatman / Officer / Henry Wensleydale / Viking / Lionel / Various
Ginger / Third Lifeboatman / Various
Nicki Howorth ...
Miss Bladder


A climbing expedition negotiates a hazardous London road; an attempt is made to determine whether an urban dwelling is a house or a lifeboat. Also: a mouse's quest for cheese, which leads to the production of a Western called "Rogue Cheddar." Written by Anonymous

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30 November 1972 (UK)  »

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When filming the Pepperpot Lifeboat sketch, John Cleese needed to shoot his line several times because he kept vomiting due to sea sickness. After filming, he and writing partner Graham Chapman were driving back to town. Chapman, who had trained as a doctor, told Cleese that he should have something in his stomach after being sick. Cleese replied that he fancied some cheese, but they couldn't find any suitable shops. Cleese asked Chapman if he thought the chemist's (pharmacist's) might have some cheese. Chapman joked that they probably only have medicinal cheese. Cleese joked back that Chapman could write him a prescription. The Cheese Shop sketch that appears later in this episode was thus born. During the writing of the sketch, Cleese kept asking Chapman if he really thought what they were writing was funny. Chapman kept motioning for Cleese to continue, assuring him that it would be funny. Cleese remained uncertain until the weekly writing meeting when they read the sketch out to the entire Monty Python troupe. Michael Palin, according to Cleese, fell out of his chair laughing. See more »


Biggles: [dictating] Dear King Harkoff.
Secretary: Of Norway, is that?
Biggles: Just put down what I say.
Secretary: Do I put *that* down.
Biggles: Of course you don't put that down!
Secretary: Well, what about *that*?
Biggles: Look, don't put that down, just put down - wait a minute, wait a minute - now when I've got these antlers on I *am* dictating, and when I take them off I'm *not* dictating.
Secretary: [typing] I'm - not - dictating.
Biggles: What?
[putting the antlers back on]
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References The Wild Bunch (1969) See more »


Rule, Britannia!
Music by Thomas Augustine Arne
Lyrics by James Thomson
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This episode will catch you off guard...beware!
20 February 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I can't believe the Python boys got away with such a grisly riot of pantomime gore and blood-gushing excess back in 1972! For the most part, this episode moves along quite nicely, taking in classics like the Cheese Shop and bizarre bits like Storage Jars and Biggles dictating a letter, but in the last five minutes, all hell breaks loose when 'Philip Jenkinson' (a real life film critic, played here by Eric Idle) announces that Sam Peckinpah is changing his ways by adapting the genteel musical 'Salad Days' for the big screen. At the time, Peckinpah's name was mud with most critics (and the British censors) for his somewhat flippant treatment of rape and extreme violence in Straw Dogs, so it's surprising that the BBC actually allowed what happens next to be broadcast. Eyeballs are burst by tennis balls, arms are torn off, hands are severed along with heads, people are impaled by piano keyboards and tennis rackets, then Jenkinson gets machine-gunned whilst a caption says "TEE HEE"! It's absolutely gross but also very funny if you're able to tolerate slapstick violence taken to its outer limit. The Pythons then up the subversive quotient by offering an insincere apology, followed by a denial of the apology, and a couple of weird little blackouts featuring BBC newsreader Richard Baker and John Cleese in an unlikely historical costume stalking up and down a beach, apologising that the show's a bit short this week and there are no more jokes! It's not the best episode ever but it's one of the most memorable, it shocked the hell out of me when I was thirteen, and what a nifty experience that is for any adolescent!

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