Terry Jones: Good evening and welcome, whereas Proust would say: `la malade imaginaire de recondition et de toute surveillance est bientôt la même chose'. Remember, each contestant this evening has a maximum of fifteen seconds to sum up A la Recherche du Temps perdu, and on the Proustometer over here you can see exactly how far he gets. So let's crack straight on with our first contestant tonight. He's last year's semi-finalist from Luton: Mr Harry Bagot. Hello Harry. Now there's the summarizing spot,

you're on the summarizing spot, fifteen seconds from now.

Graham Chapman: Proust's novel ostensibly tells of the irrevocability of time lost, the forfeiture of innocence through experience, the reinstatement of extra-temporal values of time regained. Ultimately the novel is both optimistic and set within the context of a humane religious experience, re-stating as it does the concept of intemporality. In the first volume, Swann, the family friend, visits... (gong)

TJ: Well tried, Harry. (-) Mr Rutherford from Leicester, are you ready Ronald? Right. On the summarizing spot. You have got fifteen seconds from now.

Michael Palin: Er, well, Swann, Swann, there's this house, there's this house, and er, it's in the morning, it's in the morning – no, it's in the evening, in the evening... and er, there's a garden and er, this bloke comes in, bloke comes in, what's his name, what's his name, er, I just said it, big bloke, Swann, Swann... (gong)


TJ: Well ladies and gentlemen, I don't think any of our contestants this evening have succeeded in encapsulating the intricacies of Proust's masterwork, so I'm going to award the first prize this evening to the girl with the biggest tits...

(Monty Python's Flying Circus, 16 november 1972, foto uit From Fringe to Flying Circus van Roger Wilmut). Op maandagen zendt Net5 herhalingen uit.