Monty Python's Flying Circus

Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969)

11 mistakes in season 1

Wither Canada? - S1-E2

Continuity mistake: 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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The Naked Ant - S1-E12

Plot hole: In the Upper Class Twit of the Year Show, there are five contestants. However, after Oliver runs himself over, in the events that follow there are only four props for the remaining twits (four mannequins, rabbits, and guns); since Oliver's death was unforeseen, shouldn't there be five of each? (This mistake, by the way, is rectified in the film version of this sketch).

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Sex and Violence - S1-E1

Factual error: When the allies are testing their joke on the private in the field, just before he starts laughing at it, a bright red car drives past behind him. You can see it in a break in the trees. This sketch is set in WW2, and the car is obviously not from that era.

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Intermission - S1-E13

Visible crew/equipment: Just after Florence Nightingale gets knocked out, a crew member can be seen behind Michael Palin for a short time.

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Oh, You're No Fun Anymore - S1-E7

Continuity mistake: During the science fiction sketch, when Eric Idle is reporting his blancmange sighting to John Cleese the clock in the background jumps backwards a few minutes.

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Sex and Violence - S1-E1

Revealing mistake: The Italian evening class runs from 7 to 8 PM. The clock at the back of the classroom reads 10 to 2.

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Man's Crisis of Identity in the Latter Half of the Twentieth Century - S1-E5

Continuity mistake: At the start of the interview sketch, and at several times throughout, Cleese says he's interviewing people for a management training course. At the end, however, he suddenly claims it was a job interview.

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Oh, You're No Fun Anymore - S1-E7

Visible crew/equipment: At the beginning of the 'Camel Spotting' sketch the shadow of the boom mike moves back and forth over Eric Idle.

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The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Goes to the Bathroom - S1-E11

Other mistake: William Knickers' letter, complaining about the sketches, starts "I strongly object ..." but the voiceover says "I object strongly ..."

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Intermission - S1-E13

Continuity mistake: At the beginning of the vegetarian restaurant sketch, Eric Idle stands right behind the pointy sculpture. It is quite short and in some shots the points of it are visible right at the bottom of the screen, but in other shots people stand and walk through right where it is meant to be. And in the final shot, when Eric is complaining about the punchline, it is definitely gone.

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

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