Miners brawl over historical facts; hospital patients serve the doctors; five shipwrecked mariners decide whom they will have for dinner.
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The sign around John Cleese's neck when he enters at the end of the coal miners sketch reads "Frightfully important." See more
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 ...
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
References The Virginian
God Save the Queen
Music by Thomas Augustine Arne See more