The All-England Summarise Proust Competition 

Contestants in "The All-England Summarize Proust Competition" are judged in swimsuit and evening-gown categories; an irate customer confronts his travel agent. Also: an expedition to Mount ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Harry Baggot / Second Climber / The Colonel / Eamonn / Mr. Mann / Chris
Announcer / Gumby / Mervyn Little / Tick / Anne Elk
Summarise Proust Announcer / Second Voiceover / Third Climber / Patrice / Advert Voice / Second Fireman / Veronica / First Booth / Mr. Smoke-Too-Much
Nude Organist / Arthur Mee / Mrs. Little / Second Booth
It's Man / Ronald Rutherford / 'Mt. Everest' Narrator / First Climber / Ricky / First Fireman / Second Announcer / Third Booth / Bounder of Adventure
Fourth Booth / Animation Voices
The Fred Tomlinson Singers ...
Bolton Choral Society / Fire Brigade


Contestants in "The All-England Summarize Proust Competition" are judged in swimsuit and evening-gown categories; an irate customer confronts his travel agent. Also: an expedition to Mount Everest, made by an international group of hairstylists. Written by Anonymous

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16 November 1972 (UK)  »

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In the first sketch, the All England Summarize Proust Competition, the first contestant is asked what his hobbies are. In the original script he replied, "Er, well there's golf, strangling small animals, and masturbation." The last reference didn't make it past the BBC censors. Consequently, given the low budget that the BBC allowed, and not knowing how big a hit Monty Python would eventually become, that last line never survived. Even on the DVD version of the show, the contestant says, "Er, well there's golf, strangling small animals," and then there is a cut to a huge, inexplicable laugh from the audience. See more »


Voiceover: Good evening, and welcome to the Arthur Ludlow Memorial Baths, Newport, for this year's finals of the All-England Summarize Proust Competition. As you may remember, each contestant has to give a brief summary of Proust's "A la Recherche du Temps Perdu," once in a swimsuit, and once in evening dress. The field has now narrowed to three finalists, and your judges tonight are: Alec and Eric Bedser, ex-Surrey cricketers; Stewart Surridge, ex-Captain of Surrey; Omar Sharif; Laurie Fishlock, ex-Surry...
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Credits for "Party Hints by Veronica": The British Broadcasting Corporation in Association with Transworld International and Nimrod Productions Present and Arthur E. Ricebacher and David A. Seltzer Production for Hasbach Enterprises of Charles D. Ortiz' adaptation of the Pulitzer Prizewinning idea by Daniel E. Stollmeyer brought to the screen from Robert Hughes's novel by Louis H. Tannhauser and Vernon D. Larue Party Hints by Veronica Smalls A Selzenbach-Transrod Producion In Association with Victor A. Lounge Rolo Nice Sweeties Fison's Fertilisers Time Life Innit-for-the-Money Limited The Trustees of St. Paul's Cathedral That nice Mr. Robinson at the Vet's Ralph Reader Ralph Nader The Chinese Government Michael's Auntie Betty in Australia A Cinemascope Production See more »

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