Monty Python’s Flying Circus – Omnibus – CinemAttractions – tape 948

First on this tape, an episode of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, broadcast on the 21st anniversary of the first episode being broadcast.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 5th October 1990 – 21:30

This is followed by an Omnibus special on Monty Python, a year after Graham Chapman had died. There’s some footage of the memorial service.

The programme is presented by John Lloyd, QI supremo and all round TV comedy legend.

As well as the remaining Pythons, also interviewed are Ben Elton

Stephen Fry

David Frost

Barry Took is interviewed against the gorgeous backdrop of BBC Television Centre.

Carol Cleveland talks about the lack of good roles for women in the sketches.

Terry Gilliam talks about looking for inspiration at the National Gallery, and finding the python foot.

Steve Martin talks about the influence in America.

As does Dan Aykroyd

BBC Genome: BBC One – 5th October 1990 – 22:20

After this, recording switches to ITV and what looks like the end of a programme presented by James Whale.

There’s an ITN bulletin, leading with the pound going up in response to a cut in interest rates, and the news that the pound would be entering the European Exchange Rate Mechanism. I wonder how that went?

Then, an episode of Cinemattractions, with Charlie Tuna. Mostly trailer material, with clips from:

Next, another episode of Monty Python’s Flying Circus. John Cleese and Michael Palin let their true political leanings slip.

There’s a brief appearance by Connie Booth in another underwritten female role.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 12th October 1990 – 21:30

This is followed by an advert for Yes Prime Minister on video.

Then, an early episode of Have I Got News For You, as evidenced by Angus Deayton’s ill advised haircut.

You can tell it’s an early episode because they were still at the point where Tony Slattery was a reliable booking.

And Writer and journalist Robert Harris is the other guest, a late replacement for the notoriously cancel-happy Roy Hattersley.

Another really odd thing about these early shows is the theme music, which contains the familiar themes, but actually sounds like a remix of it. It’s most odd, like a revamped theme from ten years into the future has dropped through a time warp.

They also have to introduce the team captains specifically, both looking younger.

One of the news stories concerns a 1000 ECU coin – remember ECUs? I’d forgotten they were even a thing.

In a clip compilation there’s a brief shot of Elton John which, if I’m not mistaken, is from when Watford FC played in the FA Cup Final.

And I believe this is the first episode of HIGNFY because I remember laughing a lot at Paul’s answer to this missing words round:

Paul’s answer is ‘swallow’ and you can see Tony Slattery’s frustration that he missed that chance.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 12th October 1990 – 22:00

After this, recording stops, and underneath some skateboarding – I mentioned this last time it popped up, but it still boggles my mind that ITV put together a skateboarding championship programme, and their presenter is Mr Bennett from Take Hart.

The programme even cuts to a pop video part way through for no apparent reason.

The tape ends after a few minutes of bitchin’ half pipes.

In the adverts, there’s one for Maxwell House featuring Victoria Wood.


  • Capital Radio
  • TV Times
  • Maxwell House – Victoria Wood
  • Chatback
  • Robocop 2 in cinemas
  • British Telecom
  • Halifax


  1. Are there ANY comedy troupes that have had a good cisgender balance?

    On a less important note, for once I’ve seen all the movies featured in “Cinemattractions.” Yes, even “Men at Work.”

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