The complete scripts from the four Monty Python series, first shown on BBC television between 1969 and 1974, have been collected in two companion volumes.
Characters' names, often not spoken, are given as in the original scripts, along with the names of the actual performer added on their first appearance in each sketch.
This first volume contains twenty-three classic episodes, featuring some of the most entertaining writing to have gone into television anywhere. The minister of silly walks, the dead parrot, banter in a cheese shop - here is every silly, satirical skit, every snide insult, every saucy aside.
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"We use only the finest baby frogs, dew picked and flown from Iraq, cleansed in the finest quality spring water, lightly killed, and then sealed in succulent Swiss quintuple and smooth treble cream milk chocolate envelope and lovingly frosted in glucose."
"That's as may be, it's still a frog."
"Dinsdale was a gentleman. And what's more, he knew how to treat a female impersonator."
"Look, my lad, I've had enough of this, That parrot is definitely deceased. And whe I bought it not half an hour ago, you assured me that its lack of movement was due to its being tires and shaged out following a long squawk."
"It's probaby pining for the fjords,"
"He is an halibut."
"You've got a pet halibut?"
"Yes, I chose him out of thousands. I didn't like the others. They wer all too flat."