Mr Pither; Clodagh Rogers; Trotsky; Smolensk; Bingo-crazed Chinese (British Ambassador); 'Jack in a Box'.
Did You Know?
The first and only episode of the Python television series that's just one flowing story. There is a protagonist, the cyclist, Mr. Pither (played by Michael Palin
), and his sidekick, Mr. Gulliver (played by Terry Jones
). It is also the only work that Monty Python ever did, either on television or film, where one of the troop members plays a single character throughout. Palin only appears as Mr. Pither. Jones comes close to this distinction since he only plays Mr. Gulliver, but given the fact that his character's head injury leads him to believe that he is several other people (including Clodagh Rodgers
, Leon Trotsky
, Eartha Kitt
, and an unnamed British politician), he doesn't technically achieve the same distinction. See more
(at around 40 mins) When the Russian soldiers throw Pither into his cell, the back wall is bare. But when the shot changes to a close-up of Pither, a poster is hanging on the wall. See more
Would you like me to show you door?
Oh that's really kind of you, but I saw it on the way in...
The standard opening credits sequence is omitted in favour of a simple caption - "The Cycling Tour". See more
Written by Charles Gounod See more