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Wither Canada? - S1-E2

Trivia: The 'Mouse Problem' sketch in Series 1, Show 2 (first broadcast 12/10/69) originally urged viewers who felt that they suffered from a similar affliction to phone an onscreen telephone number. This turned out to be David Frost's home number. This tale has been well documented in many places, with Frost devoting a page or two to the stream of irritating phone calls he received as a result in his autobiography. However, what is less well known is what happened next. Frost complained to the BBC and the Postmaster General, with the result that the episode was re-edited in August 1970 with new contact details and a fresh voiceover from Cleese. This was reportedly cut directly into the master tape of this episode, with the result that the original version no longer exists.

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Wither Canada? - S1-E2

Trivia: The "Wacky Queen Victoria Sketch" which appears in the episode was, in fact, the first-ever Monty Python sketch to be recorded. It was recorded in the grounds of Ham House, Petersham, Surrey, from 9:30am on Tuesday July 8th 1969. (Source: Michael Palin's published diaries).

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Kenny Lust: Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the refreshment room here at Bletchley. My name is Kenny Lust and I'm your compère for tonight. You know, once in a while it is my pleasure, and my privilege, to welcome here at the refreshment room, some of the truly great international artists of our time. And tonight we have one such artist. Ladies and gentlemen, someone whom I've always personally admired, perhaps more deeply, more strongly, more abjectly than ever before. A man... Well, more than a man, a god, a great god, whose personality is so totally and utterly wonderful my feeble words of welcome sound wretchedly and pathetically inadequate. Someone whose boots I would gladly lick clean until holes wore through my tongue, a man who is so totally and utterly wonderful, that I would rather be sealed in a pit of my own filth than dare tread on the same stage with him! Ladies and gentlemen... The incomparably superior human being, Harry Fink!
Man: [from offstage.] He can't come!
Kenny Lust: Never mind, he's not all he's cracked up to be.

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In the Marriage Counselor sketch, Deidre Pewty is wearing such a tiny miniskirt that when she sits we see she is wearing white knickers. When she undresses behind the screen she throws a pair of black knickers out.

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