MONTY PYTHON'S FLYING CIRCUS

John Cleese: Good afternoon and welcome to Hurlingham Park. You join us just as the competitors are running out onto the field on this lovely winter's afternoon here, with the going firm underfoot and very little sign of rain. Well, it certainly looks as though we're in for a splendid afternoon's sport in this, the 127th Upperclass Twit of the Year Show. Well, the competitors will be off in a moment, so let me just identify them for you. Vivian Smith-Smythe-Smith has an O-level in chemo-hygiene. Simon-Zinc-Trumpet-Harris, married to a very attractive table lamp. Nigel Incubator-Jones, his best friend is a tree, and in his spare time he's a stockbroker. Gervaise Brook-Hampster is in the Guards, and his father uses him as a wastepaper basket. And finally Oliver St John-Mollusc, Harrow and the Guards, thought by many to be this year's outstanding twit. Now they're moving up to the starting line, there's a jolly good crowd here today. Now, they're under starter's orders... and they're off! Ah no, they're not! No, they didn't realize they were supposed to start. Never mind, we'll soon sort that out, the judge is explaining it to them now. I think Nigel and Gervaise have got the idea. All set to go. Oh, and they're off and it's a fast start this year. Oliver St John-Mollusc running a bit wide there, and now they're coming into their first test, the straight line. They've got to walk along this straight line without falling over, and Oliver's over at the back there, er, Simon's coming through quite fast on the outside, I think Simon and Nigel, both of them coming through fast. There's Nigel there. No. Three, I'm sorry, and on the outside there's Gervaise coming through just out of shot and now, the position... Simon and Vivian at the front coming to the matchbox jump... three layers of matchboxes to clear... and Simon's over and Vivian's over beautifully, oh, and the jump of a lifetime – if only his father could understand. (–) And now it's kicking the beggar. Simon's there and he's putting the boot in, and not terribly hard, but he's going down, and Simon can move on...

(Monty Python's Flying Circus, 4 januari 1970). Net5 zendt wekelijks op maandag herhalingen uit.