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Lovely plumage; But too much parroting is a Python curse.

Byline: Charlie Catchpole

YOU can't say you haven't been warned. They're coming back.

Nudge, nudge. Wink, wink. Say no more!

The dead parrot sketch. I didn't expect the Spanish Inquisition.

The Ministry of Silly Walks. And those sodding Knights Who Say Ni!

They'll be bloody everywhere. But it's not the thought of a Monty Python's Flying Circus revival I fear.

It's the prospect of a new generation of Python fans emerging that fills me with utter dread.

Guffawing The impact of the show when it burst on to our TV screens in 1969 cannot be overestimated.

It was the television equivalent of hearing that haunting harmonica intro to Love Me Do, the first record by a pop group called The Beatles.

Or seeing Georgie Best, a skinny kid from Belfast, make his debut for Manchester United on Match of the Day.

You immediately sensed history was being made.

You were in on the start of Something Completely Different - as they say.

Monty Python was a TV sketch show which spawned a series of movies the like of which we'd never seen before.

Eric Idle, John Cleese and Co were young, rebellious and fearless.

Their routines were sometimes slapstick, sometimes surreal.

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g The cinema usher selling albatross and gannet on a stick. What was all that about? Beats me. You had to join in the fun, though. If you'd been to public school and/or university (as most of the Pythons had) and you liked real ale and Pink Floyd, you were virtually obliged to be able to recite Python routines verbatim.

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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Nov 24, 2013
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