The Montgolfier brothers prepare for the first balloon flight. Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam.



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Episode cast overview:
Butler / Voice Over #1 / Sir Charles Dividends / King George III / Ferdinand von Zeppelin / Various
Jacques Montgolfier / Lord Interest / George III's Reader / Norwegian / Mr. Hollweg / Various
Joseph Montgolfier / Lord North / Barry Zeppelin / Mr. Tirpitz / Mrs. Helmut / Various
Plumber / Louis XIV / Voice Over #2 / Presenter / Mr. Von Bulow / Helmut / Voice Over #2 / Various
Dr. Hamer / Various
Antoinette / Various
Peter Brett
Frank Lester
Bob Raymond ...
First Duke (as Bob E. Raymond)
Stenson Falke


The Montgolfier brothers prepare for the first balloon flight. Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam.

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31 October 1974 (UK)  »

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Antoinette: Oh, Joseph! All you think about is balloons. All you talk about is balloons. Your beautiful house is full of bits and pieces of balloons. Your books are all about balloons, every time you sing a song, it is in some way obliquely connected with balloons... Everything you eat has to have "balloon" incorporated in the title. Your dogs are all called Balloono. You tie balloons to your ankles in the evenings!
Joseph Montgolfier: I don't do that!
Antoinette: Well, no, you don't do that. But you do duck down and shout, "Hey! ...
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Python flies again
16 June 2013 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

In 1973, John Cleese was a guest on the B.B.C. children's programme 'Ask Aspel'. 'Monty Python' was a popular programme with kids despite going-out post-watershed; carefully-chosen clips were shown, and he stunned fans by confirming he would not be back for Season 4. His departure also coincided with a format change - linear narratives akin to 'The Cycling Tour' from Season 3 ( at one point, the programme was to have been retitled 'Python Playhouse' ) became more frequent. Season 4 landed a 'Radio Times' cover and an article. Despite no Cleese, all seemed well. But 'The Golden Age Of Ballooning' was definitely not a good start to the new run. At times it strongly resembles an episode of A.T.V.'s 'Carry On Laughing'. Eric Idle played 'Jacques' and Terry Jones was 'Joseph' - the Montgolfier brothers. It has its share of funny moments, such as Joseph admitting he has not washed properly for the past fifteen years, Michael Palin playing 'Louis X1V' as a head-butting Glaswegian, and Graham Chapman's 'Ferdinand Von Zeppelin' throwing out of his airship anyone making the mistake of calling it an airship, but overall it is a disappointment ( as is Season 4 as a whole, with very little Terry Gilliam animation and a reduction in Eric Idle-penned material ). One gets the impression the Pythons knew this was going to be the final series, and did not care too much if most of the gags fell on stony ground ( as they duly did ).

Funniest moment - the spoof ad for the 'Golden Age Of Ballooning' tie-in book ( all B.B.C. shows in those days seemed to have tie-in books ), warning that failure to purchase the said book could result in a steep prison sentence.

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