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Python Influences

Michael Palin & John Cleese’s Pick of Python Influences

Q5 + The Goon Show: Tales of Men’s Shirts + Not Only... But Also

The Python duo curate some fine comedy shows and specials for you to enjoy.

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Q5 © BBC

Q5

BBC 1969
Dir Ian MacNaughton
With Spike Milligan, John Bluthal
30min

Q... was a surreal television comedy sketch show written by Spike Milligan and Neil Shand. Palin noted that Milligan’s outrageous Q5 was ‘full of enviably subversive ideas’ and admitted that they ‘poached Spike’s director, Ian MacNaughton, for Monty Python’.

+ The Goon Show: Tales of Men’s Shirts

Thames Television 1968
Dir Joe McGrath
With Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe
25min

Both Palin and Cleese cite The Goons as an influence. In this special TV version, John Cleese acted as announcer.

+ Not Only... But Also

BBC 1965
Dir Joe McGrath
With Peter Cook, Dudley Moore
45min

John Cleese chose the famous Peter Cook and Dudley Moore series as a particular influence.


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