Miners brawl over historical facts; hospital patients serve the doctors; five shipwrecked mariners decide whom they will have for dinner.


Ian MacNaughton





Episode cast overview:
Graham Chapman ... First Coal Miner / Mr. Pudifoot / Waiter / Hospital Patient / Fourth Doctor / Mountaineer / Second Sailor / Undertaker / Various
John Cleese ... Announcer / Mr. Sm / Mr. Feldman / First Doctor / Fifth Doctor / Fifth Sailor / Various
Eric Idle ... Foreman / Mr. Ith / Adman / Mr. Martin / Second Doctor / Third Sailor / Various
Terry Jones ... Second Coal Miner / Herbert Mental / Third Doctor / Fourth Sailor / Varoius
Michael Palin ... Third Miner / Newsreader / Scot / Hospital Patient / First Sailor / Various
Terry Gilliam ... Morgan / A Man with a Stoat Through His Head / Various
Carol Cleveland ... Miss Rodgers / Waitress / Various
Ian Davidson Ian Davidson ... RSPCA Man


Miners brawl over historical facts; hospital patients serve the doctors; five shipwrecked mariners decide whom they will have for dinner.

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In the final sketch, when the studio audience charges the set, they are led by a plant in the audience: Ian MacNaughton, the show's producer, who makes various appearances throughout the show. See more »


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Announcer: Ladies and gentlemen, I'm not simply going to say, and now for something completely different this week, because I do not think it fit. This is a particularly auspicious occasion for us this evening, as we have been told that Her Majesty the Queen will be watching part of this show tonight. We don't know exactly when Her Majesty will be tuning in. We understand that at the moment she is watching The Virginian. We have been promised that we will be informed the moment that she ...
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This episode caused the BBC some major headaches, due to the still-shocking theme of cannibalism that surfaces in the final sketches (and some memorably gruesome Terry Gilliam animations.) The 'Undertaker' sketch, which closes the show, was only allowed to be included in the show if the studio audience were heard to heckle the "disgusting" material loudly, and - following the punchline - invade the set in protest. Even so, this sketch has rarely been seen on English television since its original broadcast, and is often replaced with something innocuous from another show. The BBC videotape of episodes 11-13 of the second series, issued in the 1980s, includes the 'Undertaker' sketch, but the picture quality is noticeably poor, as if it's been edited in from another, possibly American or Canadian, source. See more »


Theme from Dr. Kildare (Three Stars Will Shine Tonight)
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22 December 1970 (UK) See more »

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