Another sketch show that was a forerunner of Monty Python. This one features Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin.
Opening episode: December 26, 1967 – Show opens with the cast trying to do King Lear. A woman looks at the TV and thinks there has to be something better on. She hits the TV and on comes “Musicians At Work.” They start playing chamber music and wind up with an over the top Spike Jones type bit….Palin owns a grocery store. David Jason comes in with an order and he doesn’t exactly get what he wants….A TV science show as Eric Idle explains gravity. This bit is way too lame….Time now for the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band with Neil Innes and their version of “Monster Mash.”….A quick sketch in a maternity ward… End of first half
Second half opens with a quick sketch at a border guardhouse followed by another quickie with Denise Coffey and “The Wonder Of Words.”…Now a sketch where you can see the Monty Python to come. Palin is a police constable who goes undercover to infiltrate a gang…Neil and the band are back with their version of “The Sound Of Music.”…A real quick bit with Eric Idle who is introducing a movie until he gets a surprise….Time for the best bit of the show. David Jason is the running character Captain Fantastic. He’s a secret agent who gets notes in his lunch box from a group that warns they’re taking over the world. This is funny stuff and ends with a cliffhanger….The show closes as Denise introduces the Scottish group The Tartan Thistle Club.
The second half is better but Python fans should watch it as well as “At Last The 1948 Show.”