World revolutionaries are quizzed about football scores; figures from works of art go on strike throughout galleries in England; the search continues for a cure for over-acting; Viking marauders kidnap Englishmen who ask for canned ham.

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(as Ian 'Mixed Grill' MacNaughton)

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Tobacconist / Magistrate / Karl Marx / Floor Manager / Bumpkin / Spam Waitress (as Spam Terry Jones)
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It's Man / Fireman / Alexander Yahlt / Second Journalist / Lenin / First Ypres Voiceover / Sergeant / First Critic / Venus de Milo / Radio Announcer / First Richard III / D.P. Gumby / A Historian (voice) (as Michael Spam Palin)
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The Announcer / Hungarian Citizen / Defence / Second Ypres Voice Over / Auctioneer / Armless Padre (as John Spam John Spam John Spam Cleese)
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Policeman / Che Guevara / Solomon / Major / Overacting Specialist / Mrs. Bun (as Graham Spam Spam Spam Chapman)
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Clerk / Journalist / World Forum Presenter / Jenkins / Second Critic / Second Richard III / Mr. Bun (as Eric Spam Eggs and Chips Idle)
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Mao Tse-tung / Cherub / Overacting Hamlets / Magician (voice) (as Terry Spam Sausage Spam Egg Gilliam)
The Fred Tomlinson Singers ...
Vikings (as The Fred Tomlinson Spam Egg Chips and Singers)
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World revolutionaries are quizzed about football scores; figures from works of art go on strike throughout galleries in England; the search continues for a cure for over-acting; Viking marauders kidnap Englishmen who ask for canned ham.

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15 December 1970 (UK)  »

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Did You Know?

Trivia

The Internet term 'Spam' (unsolicited bulk messaging) was derived from the Spam Sketch. See more »

Goofs

The "World Forum" host introduces Zedong Mao as "leader of the Chinese Communist Party since 1949". Mao became de facto leader in 1935 and was named chairman in 1943. See more »

Quotes

[intro to "Ypres 1914 - Abandoned"]
Voiceover 1: [and caption] In 1914 the Balance of Power lay in ruins. Europe was plunged into bloody conflict. Nation fought Nation. But no Nation fought Nation morely than the English. Hip hip hooray! Nice nice! Yah boo. Phillips is a German and he have my pen.
Voiceover 2: [and caption] Start again.
Voiceover 1: [and caption] In 1914 the Balance of Power lay in ruins...
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Crazy Credits

In the end credits, every credit has something to do with the Spam sketch: most of the names have "Spam" in them (often more than once); the others have things like "eggs" or "sausage" in them. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Countdown: Episode #72.14 (2015) See more »

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Also Sprach Zarathustra
(uncredited)
Composed by Richard Strauss
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