Monty Python's Flying Circus

Season 3 Episode 5

The All-England Summarize Proust Competition

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Aired Unknown Nov 16, 1972 on BBC
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The All-England Summarize Proust Competition
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All-England Summarize Proust Competition; Mt. Everest, start again!; International hairdressing expedition to climb Everest; animation- coming attraction for `A Magnificent Festering'; Mervyn tries to reach the fire brigade about his dead hamster and his brother comes home from Dublin (telephone operators interested in shoe sizes), fire brigade come over for a drop of sherry; Party Hints by Veronica Small: How to deal with the Red Menace at Your Party; start again!; animation- Russians selling Communist Revolutions, Putrid Peter & Barry Bigot doll; man wants instructional tapes, Sandy Wilson's version of `The Devils' song: Hello Operator; Mr. Smoketomuch wants to arrange an adventure holiday `What's the point off going abroad if your going to be carted around like a sheep...'; Thrust: Anne Elk's theory about the Brontosaurus `AAAAhheeeemmm!'; start again!moreless

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    John Cleese

    John Cleese

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

    Eric Idle

    Eric Idle

    Various Characters

    Graham Chapman

    Graham Chapman

    Various Characters

    Terry Jones

    Terry Jones

    Various Characters

    Terry Gilliam

    Terry Gilliam

    Various Characters

    Michael Palin

    Michael Palin

    Various Characters

    Fred Tomlinson

    Fred Tomlinson

    Supt. McGough

    Guest Star

    Carol Cleveland

    Carol Cleveland

    Mr. Bounder's secretary

    Recurring Role

    The Fred Tomlinson Singers

    The Fred Tomlinson Singers

    Bolton Choral Society, Fire Brigade, Back Six in Tape Room

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (3)

      • Mr. Smoke-too-much claims that he cannot say the letter "b" (c), but earlier in the sketch he says the line "cut down a bit."

      • The final round of "The All-England Summarize Proust Competition" requires contestants to give a fifteen-second synopsis of Proust's masterwork, but Harry Bagot and Ronald Rutherford each take twenty seconds to get only as far as page one of Swann's Way.

      • There was a string of dialogue in "The All-England Summarize Proust Competition" sketch that drew the ire of BBC censors. An excerpt:

        Arthur Mee: Harry Bagot, you're from Luton? Harry Bagot: Yes, Arthur, yes. Mee: Now, Harry, what made you want to start summarizing Proust? Bagot: Well, I first entered a seaside Summarizing-Proust competition while I was on holiday in Bournemouth, and my doctor encouraged me with it. Mee: And Harry, what are your hobbies outside summarizing? Bagot: Well... strangling animals, golf, and masturbating.

        BBC-1 altered the audio track of Harry Bagot's response to "Well, there's golf and strangling animals." This edit can be heard in the Monty Python DVD released by A&E Home Video, but the original line aired unedited when the show was seen on American public television.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Announcer: Mt. Everest... forbidding, aloof, terrifying. The mountain with the biggest t**s in the world.
        (gong hit)
        Second Announcer: Start again!

    • NOTES (3)

      • The BBC made the Pythons edit out the word "masturbation" During one of the negotiation meetings on the topic, Eric Idle reportedly asked the head of the BBC, "Everyone masturbates. Don't you masturbate, sir?" He was not given a response.

      • BBC clearly removed the biggest laugh line in the "Travel Agent" sketch, but it can be heard in all the Python's record albums and stage shows, as well as Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl.

      • The closing credits appear with 25 minutes left.

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