Monty Python's Best Bits (Mostly)

Monty Python's Best Bits (Mostly)

Series 1 - Episode 1

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Review

After the summer reunion rekindled interest in all things Pythonic, Gold has now enticed celebs into choosing their favourite sketches for a nightly five-part series. Tonight, Tracey Ullman plumps for the Montys in drag rolling about in mud on a hillside (Batley Townswomen’s Guild Presents the Battle of Pearl Harbor), while Noel Fielding celebrates the genius of one joke repeated, in The Kilimanjaro Expedition.

Jim Carrey, meanwhile, prostrates himself before the Pythons, or as he calls them the “Super Justice League of comedy”, and recalls the effect on him of Ernest Scribbler: Michael Palin’s man who laughs himself to death. You’ll see why immediately: Palin’s performance is uncannily Carreyesque.

Tomorrow night, wordsmith Stephen Fry selects Argument Clinic (oh yes he does) and there’s more cross-dressing: Hell’s Grannies, chosen by Eddie Izzard.

Summary

Hugh Bonneville presents the first of a five-part series looking back at the troupe's most popular sketches, with interjections from some of the biggest names in comedy revealing what makes Monty Python so special and how they have influenced their own careers. Contributors include Stephen Fry, Matt Lucas, Simon Pegg, Steve Coogan, Eddie Izzard, Chevy Chase and Bill Bailey.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Hugh Bonneville
Contributor Stephen Fry
Contributor Matt Lucas
Contributor Simon Pegg
Contributor Steve Coogan
Contributor Eddie Izzard
Contributor Chevy Chase
Contributor Bill Bailey
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Comedy