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

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Butler / Voice Over #1 / Sir Charles Dividends / King George III / Ferdinand von Zeppelin / Various
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Jacques Montgolfier / Lord Interest / George III's Reader / Norwegian / Mr. Hollweg / Various
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Joseph Montgolfier / Lord North / Barry Zeppelin / Mr. Tirpitz / Mrs. Helmut / Various
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Plumber / Louis XIV / Voice Over #2 / Presenter / Mr. Von Bulow / Helmut / Voice Over #2 / Various
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Dr. Hamer / Various
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Antoinette / Various
Peter Brett
Frank Lester
Bob Raymond ...
First Duke (as Bob E. Raymond)
Stenson Falke
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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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Jacques Montgolfier: This is a great moment for us, Joseph.
Joseph Montgolfier: It is a great moment for France.
Jacques Montgolfier: Ah, oui!
Joseph Montgolfier: The first ascent in a hot-air balloon, by the Montgolfier brothers, 1783. I can see us now, just after Montesquieu and just before Mozart.
Jacques Montgolfier: I think I'll go and wash.
Joseph Montgolfier: Good luck.
Jacques Montgolfier: Oh, it's quite easy, really. I just slap a little water on my face, then...
Joseph Montgolfier: No, no, no. Good luck for tomorrow.
Jacques Montgolfier: Oh, I see, yes. You too. Yours has been the work.
Joseph Montgolfier: Let us hope for a safe ascent... and, uh, don't use my flannel.
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Written by Neil Innes
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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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