NICE LITTLE NUMBERS – MONTY PYTHON’S FLYING CIRCUS
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Thursday 10th October 2019
Monty Python’s Flying Circus first aired on Sunday, 5 October 1969 on BBC One at 22.55.
To celebrate 50 years of the Pythons here are 20+ key numbers relating to them.
But firstt, this is how it was described in the Radio Times:
Monty Python’s Flying Circus: Whither Canada
Conceived, written and performed by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin
(Will Mr Monty Python collect Â£200: page 6)
Conceived, written and performed by: Graham Chapman
Conceived, written and performed by: John Cleese
Conceived, written and performed by: Terry Gilliam
Conceived, written and performed by: Eric Idle
Conceived, written and performed by: Terry Jones
Conceived, written and performed by: Michael Palin
Make-up Supervisor: Joan Barrett
Costume Supervisor: Hazel Pethig
Animations: Terry Gilliam
Designer: Roger Liminton
Producer: John Howard Davies
Producer: Ian McNaughton
1 $14,929,552 was Box Office take for Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life
2 $9 million was the production budget for Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life
3 $327,958 was the Box Office for Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl
4 $20,474,001 was the Box Office for Monty Python’s Life of Brian
5 $4 million was the production budget for Monty Python’s Life of Brian
6 $5,028,948 was the Box Office for Monty Python and the Holy Grail
7 $4oo,ooo was the production budget for Monty Python and The Holy Grail
8 4 the number of Monty Python TV series 1969-1974
9 45 The number of TV episodes of Monty Python’s Flying Circus
10 13 the number of episodes in Series 1 5th Oct 1969 to 11th Jan 1970
11 13 the number of episodes in Series 2 15th Sept 1970 to 22nd Dec 1970
12 13 the number of episodes in Series 3 19th Oct 1972 to 18th Jan 1973
13 6 the number of episodes in Series 4 31st Oct 1974 to 5th Dec 1974
14 2013, the year questions concerning the Pythons’ most famous sketches are incorporated in the examinations required of those seeking to become British citizens.
15 2, 12, 15, 31, 49 the numbers in the List of 50 Great British Sketches compiled by Channel 4 in 2005 that were Monty Python sketches.
16 8 The number of DVDs in the Monty Python’s Flying Circus – The Complete
17 3 the chart position the Monty Python single ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE reached in October 1991
18 5,000 people with coconuts. The famous Knights who say “Ni”, who appear in the Monty Python and the Holy Grail (above), are accompanied not by horses, but by the sound-effect of horses, created by two halves of a coconut. The film made a virtue of the DIY sound effect. And years later, in 2007, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam led a crowd of over 5,000 people in breaking the record for the world’s largest coconut orchestra at Trafalgar Square.
19 £20,000 The Holy Grail’s initial budget of approximately £200,000 was raised by convincing 10 separate investors to pitch in £20,000 apiece. Three of those investors were the rock bands Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and Genesis, who were persuaded to help the Monty Python group after Tony Stratton-Smith, head of Charisma Records—the record label that released Monty Python’s early comedy albums—asked them to contribute.
20 £2 The amount per day extras were paid in The Holy Grail. Arthur’s army at the end of the movie was made up entirely of 175 students (shot from various angles to make it seem as if there was double that number) from Scotland’s University of Stirling. According to a casting call sent to the school by the production, each student was paid £2, and got free transportation, food, and “an abundance of crazy antics” for a single day’s work.
Bonus 1 12 the number of roles Michael Palin Played in The Holy Grail. The most roles of the Pythons
Bonus 2 4 the number of roles Graham Chapman played in The Holy Grail. The least roles of the Pythons
Bonus 4 14 The 14th day of November 1975, “The Lumberjack Song” was released as a single in the UK, on Charisma Records, backed with “Spam Song”. The A-side, produced by Python devotee George Harrison, was recorded at the Work House studio in London on 3 October 1975 and mixed at Harrison’s Friar Park home the following day. A year later this single was reissued on 19 November 1976 as the first half of the double single release Python On Song
AND NOW TO SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT…
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
- He’s not the Messiah He’s a very naughty boy.
(Brian’s Mum in Life of Brian, Monty Python)
- I’m a lumberjack, And I’m OK, I sleep all night, And I work all day.
- But I don’t like Spam.
- Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!
- (Monty Python)
Happiness is…something completely different
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
Counsellor Jolly good. Well back to the office with you then.
Anchovy No! No! No! You don’t understand. I’ve been a chartered accountant for the last twenty years. I want a new job. Something exciting that will let me live.
Counsellor Well chartered accountancy is rather exciting isn’t it?
Anchovy Exciting? No it’s not. It’s dull. Dull. Dull. My God it’s dull, it’s so desperately dull and tedious and stuffy and boring and des-per-ate-ly DULL.
Counsellor Well, er, yes Mr Anchovy, but you see your report here says that you are an extremely dull person. You see, our experts describe you as an appallingly dull fellow, unimaginative, timid, lacking in initiative, spineless, easily dominated, no sense of humour, tedious company and irrepressibly drab and awful. And whereas in most professions these would be considerable drawbacks, in chartered accountancy they are a positive boon.
Love is…appreciating at Monty Python together
TRACK OF THE DAY
I’m A Lumberjack – Monty Python’s Flying Circus
Highest Chart Position: No.Did not chart
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Thursday 10th October 2019
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