Monty Python's Flying Circus

Season 2 Episode 1

Face the Press (aka Dinsdale)

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Aired Unknown Sep 15, 1970 on BBC
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Face the Press (aka Dinsdale)
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Credits with flowers and man with chicken body; Face the Press- Minister in a pink tulle dress; The New Gas Cooker Sketch; animation- flying monarch; dirty old man and billboard `I like a bit of pram please'; Ministry of Silly Walks; Ethel the Frog looks at the rise and fall of Doug and Dinsdale Piranha; announcer, hermit; credits with Spiny Norman.moreless

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  • The Ministry Of Silly Walks, a giant hedgehog and the Piranha Brothers. What else do you need.

    8.5
    Well, what a start to a series this is, an excellent show. This episode wil be remembered for another of the sketches heavily remembered by the general public: the silly walks sketch. This was perhaps John's defining moment on the series, the one that we all remember him for and the sketch still comes across brilliantly today. The gas cooker sketch while not the best see's a long line of delivery men that come into the silly walks sketch and throughout the episode. Another majorly funny sketch is the Ethel The Frog documentary on the Pirahna Brothers, for once a long sketch that works perfectly. The giant hedgehog animation to co-incide with Dinsdale's image is an iconic moment in this episode that appears in future episodes as well. Overall a great episode, not the best in the world but still a great introduction to the show if you've never seen it before now.moreless
John Cleese

John Cleese

Various Characters [ series 1 - 3, Deutsche shows & features ]

Eric Idle

Eric Idle

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Graham Chapman

Graham Chapman

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Terry Jones

Terry Jones

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Terry Gilliam

Terry Gilliam

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Michael Palin

Michael Palin

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In his 1991 volume And Now for Something Completely Trivial: The Monty Python Trivia and Quiz Book, Kim "Howard" Johnson pointed out the following discrepancy in the scripts: In this episode, Palin plays Mr. Pudey, but in the marraige guidance counsellor sketch from "Sex and Violence," his character's name was spelled Pewtey.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • FIRST GAS MAN (to Mrs. Pinnet): Well you can't have this. This is Crump.
      MRS. PINNET: Oh dear, what are we going to do?
      FIRST GAS MAN: Well I don't know. What we can do for you is take it back to the Depot, get a transfer slip from Crump to Pinnet, and put it on a special delivery.
      SECOND GAS MAN: Yeah - that's best. We'll special it for you, we'll get it down there today and you'll get it back in ten weeks.
      MRS. PINNET: Ten weeks?! Blimey, can't you just leave this one?
      FIRST GAS MAN: What this? What leave it here? (they seem thunderstruck)
      MRS. PINNET: Yes.

    • Mr Teabag: (after seeing Mr Pudey's walk) It's not particularly silly, is it? I mean, the right leg isn't silly at all and the left leg merely does a forward aerial half turn every alternate step.
      Mr Pudey: Yes, but I think that with government backing, I could make it very silly.

    • Vercotti: Doug... (takes a drink) I was terrified of him. Everyone was terrified of Doug! I've seen grown men pull their own heads off rather than see Doug. Even Dinsdale was terrified of Doug!
      Interviewer: What did he do?
      Vercotti: He used sarcasm. He knew all the tricks- dramatic irony, metaphor, bathos, puns, parody, litotes, and satire!

    • Woman in Bar: Dinsdale was a gentleman, and what's more he knew how to treat a female impersonator.

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