Monty Python's Flying Circus
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Scott of the Antarctic - S2-E10

Revealing mistake: In the last shot, the familiar 16 tons weight is broken at the top, showing that it is in fact not a solid weight, but a hollow box.

Njorl's Saga - S3-E1

Deliberate mistake: Eric Idle's 'Stock Exchange Report' (in Series 3, Show 1) has a very obvious edit in the middle. This is a monologue delivered without cutaways, so the jump in the video tape is very easy to spot. Whether this edit indicates material removed or a simple joining together of two takes is unclear. However, since Idle gets drenched with water at the close of the routine (and given that, under BBC constraints, there was no time for drying out), we can assume that he must have made his fluff quite early on in the piece.

Sex and Violence - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: We are told that the Germans develop and broadcast the "V-Joke" in 1944, but when we cut to Terry Jones and Graham Chapman listening to their radio and hearing the joke, the caption reads "1942...Somewhere in England".

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Salad Days - S3-E7

Continuity mistake: In the 'Sam Peckinpah's Salad Days' sketch in Series 3, Show 7, the scene suddenly changes from a bright sunny day to a pitch black night - this was apparently due to technical delays, but the effect makes it look like an extension of the 'pretentious director' parody.

The Nude Man - S3-E9

Other mistake: During the "Olympic Hide and Seek Final," Terry Jones, as the Paraguayan, has a little difficulty with his Spanish numbers. Besides mispronouncing many of them, he says "quince," the Spanish number for fifteen, instead of "cinco," the Spanish number for five. He actually has to pause to remember the Spanish number for fourteen, "catorce".

Spam - S2-E12

Character mistake: When Mrs. Bun asks the dining lady if she has anything without spam in it, she forgot about egg & bacon, and egg, sausage & bacon. Those had no spam in them.

Spam - S2-E12

Character mistake: When Mrs. Bun asks the dining lady if she has anything without spam in it, she recommends "spam, egg, sausage and spam". This was not in the menu that the dining lady read aloud at the start of the sketch.

How to Recognise Different Parts of the Body - S2-E9

Other mistake: The final 'How to Recognise' announcement is originally written as "Number thirty. The End." When the show was broadcast, it was "Number thirty one. The End", yet all the other numbering tallies with the script. So either Cleese miscounted on the night of recording or they inserted another one which was later cut.

Spam - S2-E12

Character mistake: During the "Communist Quiz", Eric Idle fails to mention that "the Hammers" is the nickname of West Ham United.

The Ant, an Introduction - S1-E6

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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Trivia: The band "Toad the Wet Sprocket" took their name from a sketch on this show.

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