Author(s): Darl Larsen
In 1969, the BBC aired the first episode of a new comedy series titled Monty Python's Flying Circus, and the rest, as they say, is history. An instant success, the show ran until 1974, producing a total of 45 episodes. Despite the show's very English humor and allusions to many things British, the series developed a cult following outside the United Kingdom, particularly in the United States. Known for its outrageous humor, occasionally controversial content, and often silly spirit, Monty Python's Flying Circus poked fun at nearly all institutions-domestic or foreign, grand or intimate, sacred or not. Indeed, many of the allusions and references in the program were uniquely British and routinely obscure, and therefore not always understood or even noticed outside the British Isles. This exhaustive reference identifies and explains the plethora of cultural, historical, and topical allusions of this landmark series. In this volume, virtually every allusion and reference that appeared in episodes from the last two seasons-whether stated by a character, depicted in the mise-en-scene, or mentioned in the printed scripts-is identified and explained.
Organized chronologically by episode, each entry is listed alphabetically, indicates what sketch it appeared in, and is cross-referenced between episodes. Entries cover literary and metaphoric allusions, symbolisms, names, peoples, and places as well as myriad social, cultural, and historical elements (photos, songs, slogans, caricatures) that populate and inform these episodes. See volume 2 for the third and fourth seasons (episodes 27-45). Volume 1 Entries Include: *"Arabella Plunkett" *Group of famous characters from famous paintings *"Hell's Grannies" * "Kandinsky" * "Spanish Inquisition" * "total cashectomy" *"Two-Sheds" *Vicar sitting thin and unhappy in a pot *"What's all this then?" *Raymond Baxter type
Darl Larsen is professor of media arts and animation at Brigham Young University, where he teaches film and popular culture studies. He is the author of Monty Python, Shakespeare and English Renaissance Drama.
Acknowledgments Introduction Season One Episode 1: "Whither Canada?" Episode 2: "Sex & Violence" Episode 3: "How to Recognize Different Types of Tree From Quite a Long Way Away" Episode 4: "Owl-Stretching Time" Episode 5: "Man's Crisis of Identity in the Latter Half of the Twentieth Century" Episode 6: "Crunchy Frog" Episode 7: "Science Fiction Sketch" Episode 8: "Full Frontal Nudity" Episode 9: "The Ant, An Introduction" Episode 10: "The League for Fighting Chartered Accountancy" Episode 11: "Eighteenth-Century Social Legislation" Episode 12: "Upperclass Twit of the Year" Episode 13: "A History of Irish Agriculture" Season Two Episode 14: "Ethel the Frog" Episode 15: "The Spanish Inquisition" Episode 16: "Deja Vu" Episode 17: "The Bishop" Episode 18: "The Linkman" Episode 19: "Election Night Special" Episode 20: "Killer Sheep" Episode 21: "Archaeology Today" Episode 22: "How to Recognize Different Parts of the Body" Episode 23: "Fish Licence" Episode 24: "How Not to be Seen" Episode 25: "Art Gallery Strike" Episode 26: "The Queen will be Watching" Appendix A Appendix B Listing of Sketches, Animations, and Links in Monty Python's Flying Circus Bibliography Comprehensive Index About the Author