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 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 »


James: [growing angry] Would you like me to show you door?
Mr. Pither: Oh that's really kind of you, but I saw it on the way in...
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Crazy Credits

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 »


Faust: Overture
Written by Charles Gounod
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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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