Monty Python's Flying Circus: Season 3, Episode 8

The Cycling Tour (7 Dec. 1972)

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Mr Pither; Clodagh Rogers; Trotsky; Smolensk; Bingo-crazed Chinese (British Ambassador); 'Jack in a Box'.


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Episode cast overview:
Nurse / Genevieve / Chinaman / Secret Policeman Wallet / Senior General / Messenger / Various
Driver / Doctor / M. Brun / Mr. Livingstone / Secret Policeman Bag / General / Various
Proprietor / Old Lady / Doctor / Mme. Brun / Military Man / Secret Policeman Grip / Mr. Pither's Mother / Compère / Various
Mr. Gulliver
Desk Clerk
Girl / Cabbie / Various


Mr Pither; Clodagh Rogers; Trotsky; Smolensk; Bingo-crazed Chinese (British Ambassador); 'Jack in a Box'.

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The poster in Pither's cell advertising variety acts in a Moscow theatre include a double act Burgess and McLean. Burgess and McLean were British spies passing on information to the Russians during and after World War 2 although they acted individually, not as a team. 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 »


Mr. Gulliver: Do you know that we've developed a cheese sandwich that can withstand an impact of up to 4,000 pounds per square inch?
Mr. Pither: You have?
Mr. Gulliver: Amazing, isn't it. We've also developed a tomato which can eject itself when an accident is imminent.
Mr. Pither: What, even when it's in an Egg and Tomato Roll?
Mr. Gulliver: Anywhere. Even if it's in your stomach, it senses an accident, it'll come up your throat and out of the window. You know what this means?
Mr. Pither: Safer food!
Mr. Gulliver: Exactly. No longer will food be smashed, crush, and damaged by the ...
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After the end credits, the two animated monsters (which appeared briefly in the episode earlier) jump out and dance to Clodagh Rogers' "Jack In The Box". See more »


Jack in the Box
Written by David Myers and John Worsley
Performed by John Cleese and Eric Idle
Performed by Clodagh Rodgers
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Brilliant, silly, long, silly... ...and brilliant!
18 August 2010 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

(Extremely mild spoiler included - and who haven't seen this sketch?) Simply the silliest, and at the same time best, Monty Python sketch ever! (well, maybe that sketch with old ladies and letter boxes attacking innocent people is sillier, but The Cycle Tour is "Simply The Best"). Both Trotskij, Clodagh Rodgers and the British/Chinese Embassy in the same sketch... :-)

While most Monty Python sketches are short and without any punch line, this makes up a whole program - and is without a punch line. But it has gag after gag, and they must have had a lot of fun making this sketch.

While everything is held together as one story, part of why it is so funny is the constant shifting of ideas, jumps between countries, changes in tempo. And of course, as usual, the characters look funny. And it's not a sketch you watch once and then it's not funny anymore, part of the fun is remembering the lines from seeing it last year.

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