A police investigator is mistaken for Sir Philip Sidney in a Tudor-period job agency, which actually deals in pornography; King Solomon judges the case of a stray bee; a panel of dead ... See full summary »

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Ian MacNaughton
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Michael Palin ... Superintendent Gaskell / Sir Philip Sidney / Rev. Arthur Belling / The 'It's' Man / Mr. Burrows / Vicar / Various Roles
Terry Jones ... Tudor Job Agency Assistant / Messenger / Post Office Clerk / Various Roles
John Cleese ... Announcer / Roger Last / Dr. E. Henry Thripshaw / Various Roles
Terry Gilliam ... Man with Pile of Books / Messenger / Animation Voices
Graham Chapman ... Bookstore Customer / Sergeant Maddox / Interviewer / Mr. Kirkham / Various Roles
Eric Idle ... Second Assistant / Elizabethan Gent / Mr. Husband / Various Roles
Carol Cleveland ... Mrs. Sidney / Disturbed Girl
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rosalind Bailey Rosalind Bailey ... Elizabethan Girl
The Fred Tomlinson Singers The Fred Tomlinson Singers ... Amantillado Chorus
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A police investigator is mistaken for Sir Philip Sidney in a Tudor-period job agency, which actually deals in pornography; King Solomon judges the case of a stray bee; a panel of dead people debates the question "Is There a Life After Death?" Written by Anonymous

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Comedy

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Trivia

"Thripshaw's Disease" may not have had a name at the time, but it is very similar to the actual psychological condition known as "word salad," in which the patient says the wrong words without realizing it. See more »

Goofs

During the "Is There?" sketch, one of the show's guests who is supposed to be dead (Sir Brian Hardacre) is quite noticeably breathing. See more »

Quotes

Second Assistant: There's a 'Bridget - Queen of the Whip'.
Porn Shop Customer: Yes...
Second Assistant: Or 'Naughty Nora'... or there's this one: 'Doug, Bob and Gordon Visit the Ark Royal'. Or there's 'Sister Teresa: The Spanking Nun'.
Porn Shop Customer: Mmmm, I see. You don't have anything specially about Devon and Cornwall?
Second Assistant: No, I'm afraid not, sir.
Porn Shop Customer: The one I was really after was Arthur Hotchkiss's 'Devonshire Country Churches'.
Second Assistant: Well how about this, sir: 'Bum Biters'?
Porn Shop Customer: No, not really. I don't suppose you have any general surveys of English church architecture?
Second Assistant: No, it's not ...
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The opening credits don't appear until halfway through the show. See more »

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References Call My Bluff (1965) See more »

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Oh! Susanna
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Written by Stephen Foster
Performed by Michael Palin
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Release Date:

21 December 1972 (UK) See more »

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