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How to Recognise Different Parts of the Body

Synopsis
British television comedy series. The episodes features a sketch which presents the first underwater production of Measure For Measure. Dubbed over an expanse of sea is muffled Shakespearean blank verse. The camera zooms in to Michael Palin and Terry Jones who leap up, take a deep breath, and go under water again. The muted dialogue continues. Shot of a rowing boat where Shakespearean characters await their cue. One of the two characters leaps up and shouts ‘Servant ho!'. He goes under again. Cut to announcer, up to his waist in sea water. ‘The underwater version of Measure for Measure, and further out to sea Hello Dolly is also doing good business’.
Series
Monty Python’s Flying Circus
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Transmission details
21 Nov 1970 (Channel: BBC1)
Duration
30 mins

Credits

Producer
Ian MacNaughton
Writer
Eric Idle; Graham Chapman; John Cleese; Michael Palin; Terry Gilliam; Terry Jones
Cast
Michael Palin 
Terry Jones 

Additional Details

Production type
Sitcoms/Variety
Plays
Measure for Measure
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
The script of the episode can be read by visiting http://www.ibras.dk/montypython/justthewords.htm
General
Other Python episodes, too brief to catalogue individually, are a sketch entitled SHAKESPEARE in the episode ARCHEOLOGY TODAY (tx 17 November 1970 ) in which Shakespeare, washing up at the sink, gives Beethoven tips on how to compose the Fifth Symphony. He dismisses the name David as a suitable title for his play (preferring the name Hamlet as suggested by Beethoven). Shakespeare tells Michelangelo that he can have the name. HAMLET (tx 21 November 1974) follows some of the action and characters of the play - Terry Jones plays Hamlet. In THE SPANISH INQUISITION (tx 22 September 1970) there is a sketch JULIUS CAESAR WITH AN ALDIS LAMP.
History
Episode 22 in Series 2. The NFTVA copy is an off-air recording from a transmission on 21 December 1990.

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Archive

Name

BFI National Archive

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