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Monty Python’s Flying Circus

Complete and Annotated…All the Bits

Luke Dempsey

Every script, every episode of the innovative, hilarious, and absurd Monty Python’s Flying Circus, one of the most influential television series of all time, is included here, plus hundreds of annotations, behind-the-scenes stories, interviews, and more, as well as photographs, drawings, and Terry Gilliam’s iconic artwork.

Quite astounding
— God
I wish I’d stayed alive long enough to write this kind of stuff.
— Goethe
If you really want get the essence of Python, this is the book for you.
— Plagiarist's Weekly
Monty Python pure! Free from the irritating sounds and movements by the cast that made the TV shows unwatchable.
— Terry Gilliam
Ideal for people who can’t read...can be used to make a small bungalow sleeping eight.
— Eric Idle

Savor every silly setup, clever conceit, and snide insult from classic skits like “The Cheese Shop,” “Spam,” “The Funniest Joke in the World,” “The Spanish Inquisition,” “The Argument Sketch,” “The Fish-Slapping Dance,” and “The Lumberjack Song” and, those below, “The Ministry of Silly Walks” and “The Dead Parrot.”

Every script is helpfully annotated with notes that cover the plethora of cultural, historical, and topical references touched upon in each sketch. Profiles of the principals—Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, and John Cleese—as well as sidebars offering facts about technical concerns, set design and shooting locations; stories from on and off the set, including arguments, and accidents; goofs and gaffes; more than 2,000 photographs, and much more.

Monty Python’s Flying Circus: Complete and Annotated is the gift for the Python fan in your life.

Luke Dempsey is a deputy editor of and the author of the memoir A Supremely Bad Idea. A native of England—and a massive Python fan—he currently lives in Griggstown, NJ.

Available now from –
Barnes & Noble