Monty Python's The Final Rip-Off

Constitutional Peasant
Fish License
Eric The Half-a-Bee Song
Finland Song
Travel Agent
Are You Embarrassed Easily?
Australian Table Wines
Henry Kissinger Song
Parrot (Oh, Not Again)
Sit On My Face
Novel Writing (Live From Wessex)
Liner Notes
Traffic Lights
Cocktail Bar
Four Yorkshiremen
Election Special
Lumberjack Song
I Like Chinese
Spanish Inquisition Part 1
Cheese Shop
Cherry Orchard
Architect's Sketch
Spanish Inquisition Part 2
Spanish Inquisition Part 3
Comfy Chair
Famous Person Quiz
You Be The Actor
Nudge Nudge
Spanish Inquisition Revisited
I Bet You They Won't Play This Song On The Radio
Do Wot John
Rock Notes
I'm So Worried
French Taunter
Marilyn Monroe
Swamp Castle
French Taunter Part 2
Last Word


Linkman:The place is England. The year is 787.
Linkman:Of course it's A.D. You don't have to say it's A.D. I mean, they didn't have A.D. written on Letts Schoolboy's Diary, I mean no one is going to say on new years eve "Welcome to 1988 A.D." It's 787.
Voice:An aeroplane?
Linkman:No, it's not an aeroplane, it's 787, the year!
Voice:B.C. then?
Linkman:No, it's not likely to be B.C. anyway. Nothing happened in 787 B.C. Well, not in England. Ah, all right, in Egypt...
Voice:In Sumeria, then? Sumeria, yes absolutely, but I didn't say "The place is Sumeria. The year is.." Hang on, hang on, wait, look, we gotta sort this out. This is background, it's important material, and it's new, it's a totally new link, they won't understand a word of it, you know, if you fade me out now. (fade)

Constitutional Peasant

Arthur: Old woman!
Dennis: Man!
Arthur: Man. Sorry. What knight lives in that castle over there?
Dennis: I'm thirty-seven.
Arthur: I-- what?
Dennis: I'm thirty-seven. I'm not old.
Arthur: Well, I can't just call you 'Man'.
Dennis: Well, you could say 'Dennis'.
Arthur: Well, I didn't know you were called 'Dennis'.
Dennis: Well, you didn't bother to find out, did you?
Arthur: I did say 'sorry' about the 'old woman', but from the behind you looked--
Dennis: What I object to is that you automatically treat me like an inferior!
Arthur: Well, I am King!
Dennis: Oh, King, eh, very nice. And how d'you get that, eh? By exploiting the workers! By 'anging on to outdated imperialist dogma which perpetuates the economic and social differences in our society. If there's ever going to be any progress with the--
Woman: Dennis, there's some lovely filth down here. Oh! How d'you do?
Arthur: How do you do, good lady? I am Arthur, King of the Britons. Who's castle is that?
Woman: King of the who?
Arthur: The Britons.
Woman: Who are the Britons?
Arthur: Well, we all are. We are all Britons, and I am your king.
Woman: I didn't know we had a king. I thought we were an autonomous collective.
Dennis: You're fooling yourself. We're living in a dictatorship: a self-perpetuating autocracy in which the working classes--
Woman: Oh, there you go bringing class into it again.
Dennis: That's what it's all about. If only people would hear of--
Arthur: Please! Please, good people. I am in haste. Who lives in that castle?
Woman: No one lives there.
Arthur: Then who is your lord?
Woman: We don't have a lord.
Arthur: What?
Dennis: I told you. We're an anarcho-syndicalist commune. We take it in turns to act as a sort of executive officer for the week,...
Arthur: Yes.
Dennis: ...but all the decisions of that officer have to be ratified at a special bi-weekly meeting...
Arthur: Yes, I see.
Dennis: a simple majority in the case of purely internal affairs,...
Arthur: Be quiet!
Dennis: ...but by a two-thirds majority in the case of more major--
Arthur: Be quiet! I order you to be quiet!
Woman: Order, eh? Who does he think he is? Heh.
Arthur: I am your king!
Woman: Well, I didn't vote for you.
Arthur: You don't vote for kings.
Woman: Well, how did you become King, then?
Arthur: The Lady of the Lake,... [angels sing] ...her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite, held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water signifying by Divine Providence that I, Arthur, was to carry Excalibur. [singing stops] That is why I am your king!
Dennis: Listen. Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.
Arthur: Be quiet!
Dennis: Well, but you can't expect to wield supreme executive power just 'cause some watery tart threw a sword at you!
Arthur: Shut up!
Dennis: I mean, if I went 'round saying I was an emperor just because some moistened bint had lobbed a scimitar at me, they'd put me away!
Arthur: Shut up, will you? Shut up!
Dennis: Ah, now we see the violence inherent in the system.
Arthur: Shut up!
Dennis: Oh! Come and see the violence inherent in the system! Help! Help! I'm being repressed!
Arthur: Bloody peasant!
Dennis: Oh, what a give-away. Did you hear that? Did you hear that, eh? That's what I'm on about. Did you see him repressing me? You saw it, didn't you?

Fish License

Hello, I would like to buy a fish license, please.
A what?
Praline: A license for my pet fish, Eric.
Man: How did you know my name was Eric?
Praline: No no no, my fish's name is Eric, Eric the fish. He's an halibut.
Man: What?
Praline: He
Man: You've got a pet halibut?
Praline: Yes. I chose him out of thousands. I didn't like the others, they were all too flat.
Man: You must be a looney.
Praline: I am not a looney! Why should I be attired with the epithet looney merely because I have a pet halibut? I've heard tell that Sir Gerald Nabardo has a pet prawn called Simon - you wouldn't call him a looney - furthermore, Dawn Pailthorpe, the lady show-jumper, had a clam, called Stafford, after the late Chancellor, Allan Bullock has two pikes, both called Chris, and Marcel Proust had an haddock! So, if you're calling the author of 'A la recherche du temps perdu' a looney, I shall have to ask you to step outside!
Man: Alright, alright, alright. A license.
Praline: Yes.
Man: For a fish.
Praline: Yes.
Man: You are a looney.
Praline: Look, it's a bleeding pet, isn't it? I've got a license for me pet dog Eric, and I've got a license for me pet cat Eric...
Man: You don't need a license for your cat.
Praline: I bleeding well do and I got one. He can't be called Eric without it--
Man: There's no such thing as a bloody cat license.
Praline: Yes there is!
Man: Isn't!
Praline: Is!
Man: Isn't!
Praline: I bleeding got one, look! What's that then?
Man: This is a dog license with the word 'dog' crossed out and 'cat' written in, in crayon.
Praline: The man didn't have the right form.
Man: What man?
Praline: The man from the cat detector van.
Man: The looney detector van, you mean.
Praline: Look, it's people like you what cause unrest.
Man: What cat detector van?
Praline: The cat detector van from the Ministry of Housinge.
Man: Housinge?
Praline: It was spelt like that on the van. I'm very observant! I never seen so many bleeding aerials. The man said that their equipment could pinpoint a purr at four hundred yards! And Eric, being such a happy cat, was a piece of cake.
Man: How much did you pay for this?
Praline: Sixty quid, and eight for the fruit-bat.
Man: What fruit-bat?
Praline: Eric the fruit-bat.
Man: Are all your pets called Eric?
Praline: There's nothing so odd about that: Kemal Ataturk had an entire menagerie called Abdul!
Man: No he didn't!
Praline: Did!
Man: Didn't!
Praline: Did, did, did, did, did and did!
Man: Oh, all right.
Praline: Spoken like a gentleman, sir. Now, are you going to give me a fish license?
Man: I promise you that there is no such thing: you don't need one.
Praline: In that case, give me a bee license.
Man: A license for your pet bee?
Praline: Correct.
Man: Called Eric? Eric the Bee?
Praline: No.
Man: No?
Praline: No, Eric the Half-Bee. He had an accident.
Man: You're off your chump.
Praline: Look, if you intend by that utilization of an obscure colloquiallism to imply that my sanity is not up to scratch, or indeed to deny the semi-existence of my little chum Eric the Half-Bee, I shall have to ask you to listen to this! Take it away, Eric the orchestra leader!.......

Eric The Half-a-Bee

Orchestra Leader: A-one, two, a-one two three four

Leader: Half a bee, philisophically,
Must ipso facto half not be.
But half a bee has got to be
Vis a vis it's entity.
-d'you see?
But can a bee be said to be
Or not to be an entire bee,
When half the bee is not a bee,
Due to some ancient injury.

All sing: La di di, one two three,
Eric the Half-a-Bee.
A B C D E F G,
Eric the Half-a-Bee.

Leader: Is this wretched demi-bee,
Half asleep upon my knee,
Some freak from a menagerie?

All yell: No! It's Eric the Half-a-Bee.

All sing: Fiddle di dum, fiddle di dee,
Eric the Half-a-Bee.
Ho ho ho, tee hee hee,
Eric the Half-a-Bee.

Leader: I love this hive employ-ee-ee,
Bisected accidentally,
One summer's afternoon by me,
I love him carnally.

All sing: He loves him carnally...

Leader: Semi-carnally.
The End.

Voice: Cyril Connolly?

Leader: No, semi-carnally.

Voice: Oh.

All sing: (Quietly)
Cyril Connolly
(Ends with an elaborate whistle)

Finland Song

Finland, Finland, Finland.
The country where I want to be,
Pony trekking or camping,
Or just watching TV.
Finland, Finland, Finland,
It's the country for me.

You're so near to Russia,
So far from Japan.
Quite a long way from Cairo,
Lots of miles from Vietnam.

Finland, Finland, Finland.
The country where I want to be,
Eating breakfast or dinner,
Or snack lunch in the hall.
Finland, Finland, Finland,
Finland has it all.

You're so sadly neglected,
And often ignored,
A poor second to Belgium,
When going abroad.

Finland, Finland, Finland.
The country where I quite want to be,
Your mountains so lofty,
Your treetops so tall.
Finland, Finland, Finland,
Finland has it all.

Finland, Finland, Finland.
The country where I quite want to be,
Your mountains so lofty,
Your treetops so tall.
Finland, Finland, Finland,
Finland has it all.

Finland has it all...

If you've enjoyed hearing this song, and would like to know more about Finland, why not ring Mr. Griffith of Hammel Hampstead. He and his charming wife Edna will be glad to answer any of your questions, and who knows, may show you some of their unrivalled collection of Scandinavian credit cards.

Travel Agent

Announcer: And now, here is a magnificent recording made in the Wide Valley, of an ordinary travel agents office. Note the huge-breasted typist in the background.
Smoketoomuch: Good morning.
Secretary: Oh, good morning. (sexily) Uhm, do you want to come upstairs?
Smoketoomuch: Beg your pardon?
Secretary: (sexily) Do you want to come upstairs? (brightly) Oh, or have you come to arrange a holiday?
Smoketoomuch: arrange a holiday.
Secretary: Oh, sorry.
Smoketoomuch: What's all this about coming upstairs?
Secretary: Oh, nothing, nothing. Now, where were you thinking of going?
Smoketoomuch: India.
Secretary: Ah, one of our adventure holidays.
Smoketoomuch: Yes.
Secretary: Well, you'd better see Mr. Bounder about that. Uh, Mr. Bounder, this gentleman is interested in the "India Overland".
Bounder: Morning, I'm Bounder of Adventure.
Smoketoomuch: Hello, I'm Smoketoomuch.
Bounder: Well, you'd better cut down a little then.
Smoketoomuch: I'm sorry?
Bounder: You'd better cut down a little then.
Smoketoomuch: Oh, I see! Smoke too much so I'd better cut down a little then!
Bounder: Yes, ha ha... I expect you get people making jokes about your name all the time, eh?
Smoketoomuch: No, I never noticed it before.
Bounder: So, you are interested in one of our adventure holidays, are you?
Smoketoomuch: Yes, I saw your advert in the bolour supplement.
Bounder: The what?
Smoketoomuch: The bolour supplement.
Bounder: The colour supplement.
Smoketoomuch: Yes, I'm sorry, I can't say the letter 'B'.
Bounder: C?
Smoketoomuch: Yes, that's right. It's all due to a trauma I suffered when I was a sboolboy. I was attacked by a bat.
Bounder: A cat?
Smoketoomuch: No, a bat.
Bounder: Oh...can you say the letter 'K'?
Smoketoomuch: Oh, yes. Khaki, kind, kettle, Kipling, kipper, Kuwait, Keble Bollege Oxford.
Bounder: Yes, yes but why don't you use the letter 'K' instead of the letter 'C'?
Smoketoomuch: What, spell bolour with a 'K'?
Bounder: Yes!
Smoketoomuch: Kolour!
Oh, thank you! I never thought of that. What a silly bunt.
Bounder: Anyway, about the holiday...
Smoketoomuch: Well, yes, I've been on package tours many times, so your advert really bought my eye.
Bounder: Ah good.
Smoketoomuch: Yes, you're quite right, I'm fed up with being treated like a sheep, I mean what's the point of going abroad if you're just another tourist carted round in buses, surrounded by sweaty mindless oafs from Kettering and Boventry...
Bounder: Absolutel..
Smoketoomuch: their cloth caps and their cardigans and their transistor radios and their 'Sunday Mirrors', complaining about the tea, 'Oh they don't make it properly here do they not like at home' stopping at Majorcan bodegas, selling fish and chips and Watney's Red Barrel and calamares and two veg...
Bounder: Yes.
Smoketoomuch: ...and sitting in their cotton sun frocks squirting Timothy White's suncream all over their puffy raw swollen purulent flesh...
Bounder: Yes.
Smoketoomuch: ...cos they 'overdid it on the first day'! And being herded into endless Hotel Miramars and Bellevueses and Bontinentals...
Bounder: Yes, yes...
Smoketoomuch: ...with their modern international luxury roomettes and draft Red Barrel and swimmingpools...
Bounder: Yes.
Smoketoomuch: ...full of fat German businessmen pretending they're acrobats, forming pyramids and frightening the children and barging in the queues and if you're not at your table spot on seven you miss the bowl of Campbell's Cream of Mushroom soup,...
Bounder: Shut up.
Smoketoomuch: ...the first item on the menu of International Cuisine,...
Bounder: Shut up, please!
Smoketoomuch: ...and every Thursday night the hotel is a bloody cabaret in the bar featuring a tiny emaciated dago...
Bounder: Please, will you shut up.
Smoketoomuch: ...with nine-inch hips and some bloated fat tart with her hair Brylcreemed down and a big arse presenting Flamenco for Foreigners.
Bounder: Shut up!
Smoketoomuch: And adenoidal typists from Birmingham with flabby white legs and diarrhoea trying to pick up hairy...
Bounder: Please..
Smoketoomuch: ...bandy-legged wop waiters called Manuel,...
Bounder: ..shut up!
Smoketoomuch: ...and once a week there's an excursion to the local Roman ruins to buy cherryade and melted ice cream...
Bounder: I can't bear it!
Smoketoomuch: ...and bleedin' Watney's Red Barrel, and one evening you visit the so-called typical restaurant with local colour...
Bounder: Shaddap!
Smoketoomuch: ...and atmosphere and you sit next to a party of people from Rhyl who keeps singing 'Torremolinos, Torremolinos', and complaining about the food, 'It's so greasy here isn't it!' and you get cornered by some drunken greengrocer from Luton with an Instamatic and Dr Scholl sandals and Tuesday's 'Daily Express' and he drones on and on and on about how Mr Smith should be running this country and how many...
Bounder: Stop it, please.
Smoketoomuch: ...languages Enoch Powell can speak and then he throws up all over the Cuba Libres.
Bounder: Will you be quiet please.
Smoketoomuch: And sending tinted postcards of places they don't realise they haven't even visited, 'to all...
Bounder: Shut up
Smoketoomuch: number 22, weather wonderful...
Smoketoomuch: ...our room is marked with an "X". Food very greasy but we found a charming...
Bounder: Take it off! TAKE IT OFF!
Smoketoomuch: ...little place hidden away in the back streets, where they serve Watney's Red Barrel and cheese and onion...
Bounder: For God's sake, take it off. TAKE IT OFF!!!
Smoketoomuch: ...crisps and the accordionist plays "Maybe its because I'm a Londoner"'...
(Sound of pick-up skating across record)

Are You Embarrassed Easily?

Announcer: Are you embarrassed easily? I am. But it's nothing to worry about. It's all part of growing up and being British. This course is designed to eliminate embarrassment, to enable you to talk freely about rude objects, to look at akward and embarrassing things, and to point at people's privates. The course has been designed by Dr. Karl Gruber of the Institute of Going A Bit Red in Helsinki. Here, he himself introduces the course.
Dr. Karl Gruber: Hello, my name is Karl Gruber. Thank you for inviting me into your home. My method is the result of six years work here at the institute, in which subjects were exposed to simulated embarrassment predicaments, over a prolonged fart - period! time! (fart) ...Sorry. Lesson 1: Words. Do any of these words embarass you?
Voice over: Shoe. Megaphone. Grunties.
Dr. Karl Gruber: Now let's go on to something ruder:
Voice over: Wankel rotary engine.
Dr. Karl Gruber: Now lesson 2: Noises. Noises are a major embarrassment source. Even words like "tits", "winkle" and "vibraphone" can not rival the embarrassment potential of sound. Listen to this, if you can:
(embarrassing sound)
How do you rate your embarrassment response?
A) High.
B) Hello!
C) Good evening!
If C, you are loosening up, and will soon be ready for this:
(more embarrassing sounds)
Well! How did you rate?
A) Embarrassed.
B) Hello!
C) Good evening!
Now lesson 3, in which these rude and dirty sounds are combined with smutty visual suggestions into a embarrassment simulation situation. You are the waiter at this table:
Lady: Charles, I've got something to show you... (zipper, thud, thud)
Dr. Karl Gruber Score 5 for no embarrassment, score 3 for slight embarrassment, and 1 for...

Australian Table Wines

Good evening! For the first time, on record, a 29 part adoptation of King Solomon's Mines -- Wines, sorry, wines -- King Solomon's Wines.

A lot of people in this country pooh-pooh Australian table wines. This is a pity, as many fine Australian wines appeal not only to the Australian palette, but also to the cognoscenti of Great Britain.

"Black Stump Bordeaux" is rightly praised as a peppermint flavoured Burgundy, whilst a good "Sydney Syrup" can rank with any of the world's best sugary wines.

"Chateau Bleu", too, has won many prizes; not least for its taste, and its lingering afterburn.

"Old Smokey, 1968" has been compared favourably to a Welsh claret, whilst the Australian wino society thouroughly recommends a 1970 "Coq du Rod Laver", which, believe me, has a kick on it like a mule: 8 bottles of this, and you're really finished -- at the opening of the Sydney Bridge Club, they were fishing them out of the main sewers every half an hour.

Of the sparkling wines, the most famous is "Perth Pink". This is a bottle with a message in, and the message is BEWARE!. This is not a wine for drinking -- this is a wine for laying down and avoiding.

Another good fighting wine is "Melbourne Old-and-Yellow", which is particularly heavy, and should be used only for hand-to-hand combat.

Quite the reverse is true of "Chateau Chunder", which is an Appelachian controle, specially grown for those keen on regurgitation -- a fine wine which really opens up the sluices at both ends.

Real emetic fans will also go for a "Hobart Muddy", and a prize winning "Cuiver Reserve Chateau Bottled Nuit San Wogga Wogga", which has a bouquet like an aborigine in his armpit.


Man: Eh, I'd like to have an argument, please.
Receptionist: Certainly, sir. Have you been here before?
Man: No, I haven't, this is my first time.
Receptionist: I see. Well, do you want to have just one argument, or were you thinking of taking a course?
Man: Well, what is the cost?
Receptionist: Well, it's one pound for a five-minute argument, but only eight pounds for a course of ten.
Man: Well, I think it would be best if I perhaps started of with just the one, and then see how it goes.
Receptionist: Fine. Well, I'll see who's free at the moment. Mr. Du-Bakey's free, but he's a little bit concilliatory. Ah, yes, try Mr. Barnard, room 12.
Man: Thank you.
  He enters room 12.
Man: Well, I was told outside that...
Man: What?
Man: Look, I came here for an argument! I'm not just going to stand here...
Mr. Barnard: OH! Oh! I'm sorry! This is abuse!
Man: Oh I see! Well, that explains it...
Mr. Barnard: Aha! No, you want room 12A, just along the corridor.
Man: Oh...Thank you very much...Sorry...
Mr. Barnard: Not at all!
Man: Thank you. (Leaves)
Mr. Barnard: (under his breath) Stupid git.
  The man knocks at the door to room 12A.
Mr. Vibrating: Come in.
Man: Is this the right room for an argument?
Mr. Vibrating: I've told you once.
Man: No you haven't!
Mr. Vibrating: Yes I have.
Man: When?
Mr. Vibrating: Just now.
Man: No you didn't!
Mr. Vibrating: I did!
Man: Didn't!
Mr. Vibrating: Did!
Man: Didn't!
Mr. Vibrating: I'm telling you, I did!
Man: You did not!
Mr. Vibrating: Oh I'm sorry, just one moment. Is this a five minute argument, or the full half hour?
Man: Ah! Just the five minutes.
Mr. Vibrating: Ah, thank you.
Anyway, I did.
Man: You most certainly did not!
Mr. Vibrating: Look, let's get this thing clear: I quite definitely told you!
Man: No you did not!
Mr. Vibrating: Yes I did!
Man: No you didn't!
Mr. Vibrating: Yes I did!
Man: No you didn't!
Mr. Vibrating: Yes I did!
Man: No you didn't!
Mr. Vibrating: Yes I did!
Man: You didn't!
Mr. Vibrating: Did!
Man: Oh look, this isn't an argument!
Mr. Vibrating: Yes it is!
Man: No it isn't! It's just contradiction!
Mr. Vibrating: No it isn't!
Man: It IS!
Mr. Vibrating: It is NOT!
Man: Look, you just contradicted me!
Mr. Vibrating: I did not!
Man: Oh, you DID!
Mr. Vibrating: No no no!
Man: You did just then!
Mr. Vibrating: Nonsense!
Man: (exasperated) Oh, this is futile!!
Mr. Vibrating: No it isn't!
Man: I came here for a good argument!
Mr. Vibrating: No you didn't, no, you came here for an argument!
Man: An argument isn't just contradiction.
Mr. Vibrating: CAN be!
Man: No it can't! An argument is a connected series of statements intended to establish a proposition.
Mr. Vibrating: No it isn't!
Man: Yes it is! 'tisn't just contradiction.
Mr. Vibrating: Look, if I argue with you, I must take up a contrary position!
Man: Yes but that's not just saying "no it isn't".
Mr. Vibrating: Yes it is!
Man: No it isn't! Argument is an intellectual process. Contradiction is just the automatic gainsaying of any statement the other person makes.
Mr. Vibrating: No it isn't.
Man: Yes it is!
Mr. Vibrating: Not at all!
Man: Now look...
Mr. Vibrating: (Hits a bell on his desk) [DING] Good morning!
Man: (stunned) What?
Mr. Vibrating: That's it. Good morning.
Man: But I was just getting interested!
Mr. Vibrating: I'm sorry, the five minutes is up.
Man: That was never five minutes!!
Mr. Vibrating: I'm afraid it was.
Man: It wasn't...
Mr. Vibrating: I'm sorry, but I'm not allowed to argue any more.
Man: WHAT??
Mr. Vibrating: If you want me to go on arguing, you'll have to pay for another five minutes.
Man: Yes, but that was never five minutes just now! Oh Come on!
Mr. Vibrating: (Hums to himself.)
Man: Look this is ridiculous!
Mr. Vibrating: I'm sorry, but I'm not allowed to argue unless you've paid!
Man: Oh all right. (Pays.)
Mr. Vibrating: Thank you.
Man: Well...
Mr. Vibrating: Well WHAT?
Man: That wasn't really five minutes just now.
Mr. Vibrating: I told you, I'm not allowed to argue unless you've paid!
Man: Well I just paid!
Mr. Vibrating: No you didn't!
Man: I DID!!!
Mr. Vibrating: No you didn't!
Man: Look, I don't want to argue about that!
Mr. Vibrating: Well, you didn't pay!
Man: Ah HAH!! If I didn't pay, why are you arguing??? I've got you.
Mr. Vibrating: No you haven't!
Man: Yes I have! If you're arguing, I must have paid.
Mr. Vibrating: Not necessarily. I could be arguing in my spare time.
Man: Oh, I have had enough of this.
Mr. Vibrating: No, you haven't.
Man: Oh, shut up!
  (He leaves and sees a door marked complaints; he goes in)
Man: I want to complain.
Man in Charge: YOU want to complain...look at these shoes...I've only had them three weeks and the heels are worn right through.
Man: No, I want to complain about...
Man in Charge: If you complain nothing might as well not bother. My back hurts and the middel of such a fine day and I'm sick and tired of this office...
  (The man exits, walks down the corridor and enters a room)
Man: Hello, I want to (smack) OHHH!
Spreaders: No, no, no, hold your head like this, then go 'waaagh'! Try it again.
Man: Woogh!
Spreaders: Better. Better. But 'waaaaagh'! 'Waaaagh'! Put your hand there...
Man: No!
Spreaders: Now. (Hits him)
Man: Waagh!
Spreaders: Good, good, that's it!
Man: Stop hitting me.
Spreaders: What?
Man: Stop hitting me.
Spreaders: Stop hitting you?
Man: Yes.
Spreaders: Why do you come in here, then?
Man: I wanted to complain.
Spreaders: Oh, no, that's next door. It's being hit on the head lessons in here.
Man: What a stupid concept.

Henry Kissinger

Henry Kissinger
How I'm missing yer,
You're the doctor of my dreams.
With your crinkly hair
And your glassy stare
And your Machiavellian schemes
I know they say that you are very vain
And short and fat and pushy
But at leats you're not insane.
Henry Kissinger
How I'm missing yer
And wishing you were here.

Henry Kissinger
How I'm missing yer
You're so chubby and so neat
With your funny clothes
And your squishy nose
You're like a German Par-o-quet.
All right so people say that you don't care
But you've got nicer legs than Hitler
And bigger tits that Cher
Henry Kissinger
How I'm missing yer
And wishing you were here.

Parrot (Oh, Not Again)

I wish to register a complaint.
'Ello, Miss?
What do you mean "miss"?
Praline: (pause) I'm sorry, I have a cold. I wish to make a complaint!
Shopkeeper: Sorry, we're closin' for lunch.
Praline: Never mind that, my lad. I wish to complain about this parrot what I purchased not half an hour ago from this very boutique.
Shopkeeper: Oh yes, the, uh, the Norwegian Blue...What's,uh...What's wrong with it?
Praline: I'll tell you what's wrong with it, my lad. 'E's dead, that's what's wrong with it!
Shopkeeper: No, no, 'e's uh,...he's resting.
Praline: Look, matey, I know a dead parrot when I see one, and I'm looking at one right now.
Shopkeeper: No no he's eh he's not dead, he's, he's restin', y'know! Remarkable bird, the Norwegian Blue, idn'it, ay? Beautiful plumage!
Praline: The plumage don't enter into it. 'E's stone dead.
Shopkeeper: No, no! He's... he's resting!
Praline: All right then, if he's restin', I'll wake him up! (shouting at the cage) 'Ello, Mister Polly Parrot! I've got a nice fresh banana for you if you...(shopkeeper hits the cage)
Shopkeeper: There, he moved!
Praline: No, he didn't, you hit the cage!
Shopkeeper: I never!!
Praline: Yes, you did!
Shopkeeper: I never, never did anything...
Praline: (yelling and hitting the cage repeatedly)
'ELLO POLLY!!!!! Wakey! Wakey! This is your nine o'clock alarm call!
(Takes parrot out of the cage and thumps its head on the counter. Throws it up in the air and watches it plummet to the floor.)
Now that's what I call a dead parrot.
Shopkeeper: No, no.....'E's stunned!
Praline: STUNNED?!?
Shopkeeper: Yeah! You stunned him, just as he was wakin' up! Norwegian Blues stun easily.
Praline: Now look! Don't play the slippery eel with me. That parrot is definitely deceased, and when I purchased it not 'alf an hour ago, you assured me that its total lack of movement was due to it bein' tired and shagged out after a long squawk.
Shopkeeper: Well, he's..ah....he's probably pining for the fjords.
Praline: PININ' for the FJORDS?!?!?!? What kind of talk is that?, look, why did he fall flat on his back the moment I got 'im home?
Shopkeeper: The Norwegian Blue prefers kipping on it's back! Remarkable bird, id'nit, eh, major? Beautiful plumage!
Praline: Look, Tosh, I took the liberty of examining that bird when I got it home, and I discovered the only reason that it had been sitting on its perch in the first place was that it had been NAILED there.
Shopkeeper: Well, o'course it was nailed there! Listen, if I hadn't nailed that bird down, it would have muscled those bars, bent 'em apart with its little pecker, and VOOM!
Praline: "VOOM"?!?
Shopkeeper: Voom!
Praline: Mate, this parrot wouldn't "voom" if you put four million volts through it! 'E's bleedin' demised!
Shopkeeper: No no! 'E's pining!
Praline: 'E's not pinin'! 'E's passed on! This parrot is no more! He has ceased to be! 'E's expired and gone to meet 'is maker! 'E's a stiff! Bereft of life, 'e rests in peace, if you hadn't nailed 'im to the perch 'e'd be pushing up the daisies! 'E's of the twig. 'E's curled up his tootsies, 'e's shuffled off this mortal coil. 'E's run down the curtain and joined the bleedin' choir invisibile!! 'E fucking snuffed it! Vis-a-vis the metabolic processes, 'e's had 'is lot! All statements to the effect of this parrot is still a going concern, are from now on inoperative. THIS IS AN EX-PARROT!!
Shopkeeper: Well.
Well, I'd better replace it, then. (he takes a quick peek behind the counter)
Praline: [mumbling profanities]
What's the news?
Shopkeeper: I've had a look 'round the back of the shop, and uh, we're right out of parrots.
Praline: I see. I see. I get the picture.
Shopkeeper: (pause) I got a slug.
Praline: Does it talk?
Shopkeeper: Yep.
Praline: Well, I'll have that one then.

Sit On My Face

Sit on my face and tell me that you love me,
I'll sit on your face and tell you I love you, too.
I love to hear you o-ra-lise
When I'm between your thighs,
You blow me awaaay.

Sit on my face and let my lips embrace you,
I'll sit on your face and then I'll love you truly.
Life can be fine if we both sixty-nine,
If we sit on our faces in all sorts of places and play
'Till we're blown awaaaaaaaay.


Man: Um, excuse me, is this the undertaker's?
Undertaker: Yup, that's right, what can I do for you, squire?
Man: Um, well, I wonder if you can help me. My mother has just died and I'm not quite sure what I should do.
Undertaker: Ah, well, we can 'elp you. We deal with stiffs.
Man: Stiffs?
Undertaker: Yea. Now there's three things we can do with your mum. We can bury her, burn her, or dump her.
Man: Dump her?
Undertaker: Dump her in the Thames.
Man: What?
Undertaker: Oh, did you like her?
Man: Yes!
Undertaker: Oh well, we won't dump her, then. Well, what do you think: a burner, or a burier?
Man: Um, well, um, which would you recommend?
Undertaker: Well they're both nasty. If we burn her, she gets stuffed in the flames, crackle, crackle, crackle, which is a bit of a shock if she's not quite dead. But quick. And then you get a box of ashes, which you can pretend are hers.
Man: Oh.
Undertaker: Or, if you don't wanna fry her, you can bury her. And then she'll get eaten up by maggots and weevils, nibble, nibble, nibble, which isn't so hot if, as I said, she's not quite dead.
Man: I see. Um. Well, I.. I.. I.. I'm not very sure. She's definitely dead.
Undertaker: Where is she?
Man: In the sack.
Undertaker: Let's 'ave a look.
Umm, she looks quite young.
Man: Yes, she was.
Undertaker: (over his shoulder) FRED!
Fred: (offstage) Yea!
Fred: (offstage) I'll get the oven on!
Man: Um, er...excuse me, um, are you... are you suggesting we should eat my mother?
Undertaker: Yeah. Not raw, not raw. We cook her. She'd be delicious with a few french fries, a bit of broccoli and stuffing. Delicious! (smacks his lips)
Man: What!
Well, actually, I do feel a bit peckish - NO! No, I can't!
Undertaker: Look, we'll eat your mum. Then, if you feel a bit guilty about it afterwards, we can dig a grave and you can throw up into it.
Man: All right.

Novel Writing (Live From Wessex)

Anouncer: And now it's time for Novel Writing, which today come from the west country on Dorset.
Commentator: Hello, and welcome to Dorchester, where a very good crowd has turned out to watch local boy Thomas Hardy write his new novel "The Return Of The Native", on this very pleasant July morning. This will be his eleventh novel and the fifth of the very popular Wessex novels, and here he comes! Here comes Hardy, walking out towards his desk. He looks confident, he looks relaxed, very much the man in form, as he acknowledges this very good natured bank holliday crowd. And the crowd goes quiet now, as Hardy settles himself down at the desk, body straight, shoulders relaxed, pen held lightly but firmly in the right hand. He dips the the ink, and he's off! It's the first word, but it's not a word - oh, no! - it's a doodle. Way up on the top of the lefthand margin is a piece of meaningless scribble - and he's signed his name underneath it! Oh dear, what a disapointing start. But his off again - and here he goes - the first word of Thomas Hardy's new novel, at ten thirtyfive on this very lovely morning, it's three letters, it's the definite article, and it's "The". Dennis.
Dennis: Well, this is true to form, no surprises there. He started five of his eleven novels to date with the definite article. We had two of them with "It", there's been one "But", two "At"s, one "On" and a "Dolores", but that of course was never published.
Commentator: I'm sorry to interrupt you there, Dennis, but he's crossed it out. Thomas Hardy, here on the first day of his new novel, has crossed out the only word he has written so far, and he's gazing off into space. Oh, ohh, there he signed his name again.
Dennis: It looks like "Tess of the D'Urbervilles" all over again.
Commentator: But he', he's down again and writting, Dennis, he's written "B" again, he's crossed it out again, and he has written "A" - and there is a second word coming up straight away, and it's "Sat" - "A Sat" - doesn't make sense - "A Satur" - "A Saturday" - it's "A Saturday", and the crowd are loving it, they are really enjoying this novel. And it's "afternoon", it's "Saturday afternoon", a comfortable beginning, and he's straight on to the next word - it's "in" - "A Saturday afternoon in" - "in" - "in" "in Nov" - "November" - November is spelled wrong, he's left out the second "E", but he's not going back, it looks like he's going for the sentence, and it's the first verb coming up - it's the first verb of the novel, and it's "was", and the crowd are going wild! "A Saturday afternoon in November was", and a long word here - "appro" - "appro" - is it a "approving"? - no, it's "approaching" - "approaching" - "A Saturday afternoon in November was approaching" - and he's done the definite article "but" again. And he's writing fluently, easily with flurring strokes of the pen, as he comes up to the middle of this first sentence. And with this eleventh novel well underway, and the prospects of a good days writing ahead, back to the studio.

Liner Notes

This record has been skillfully crafted by British comedians using ancient, wellworn, classical, handtooled jokes. It has been specially designed to sit at the back of your record collection, amongst the old Frank Sinatra albums, to be brought out and split up, when you get divorced. Any complaints about the humourous quality of this album, should be addressed to: British Airways, Ingrams Drive, Reddich.


Wapcaplet: Aah, come in, come in, Mr....Simpson. Aaah, welcome to Mousebat, Follicle, Goosecreature, Ampersand, Spong, Wapcaplet, Looseliver, Vendetta and Prang!
Mr. Simpson: Thank you.
Wapcaplet: Do sit down--my name's Wapcaplet, Adrian Wapcaplet...
Mr. Simpson: how'd'y'do.
Wapcaplet: Now, Mr. Simpson... Simpson, Simpson... French, is it?
Mr. Simpson: No.
Wapcaplet: Aah. Now, I understand you want us to advertise your washing powder.
Mr. Simpson: String.
Wapcaplet: String, washing powder, what's the difference. We can sell anything.
Mr. Simpson: Good. Well I have this large quantity of string, a hundred and twenty-two thousand miles of it to be exact, which I inherited, and I thought if I advertised it--
Wapcaplet: Of course! A national campaign. Useful stuff, string, no trouble there.
Mr. Simpson: Ah, but there's a snag, you see. Due to bad planning, the hundred and twenty-two thousand miles is in three inch lengths. So it's not very useful.
Wapcaplet: Well, that's our selling point! "SIMPSON'S INDIVIDUAL STRINGETTES!"
Mr. Simpson: What?
Mr. Simpson: For what?
Wapcaplet: Uhmm... "A MILLION HOUSEHOLD USES!"
Mr. Simpson: Such as?
Wapcaplet: Uhmm...Tying up very small parcels, attatching notes to pigeons' legs, uh, destroying household pests...
Mr. Simpson: Destroying household pests?! How?
Wapcaplet: Well, if they're bigger than a mouse, you can strangle them with it, and if they're smaller than, you flog them to death with it!
Mr. Simpson: Well surely!....
Mr. Simpson: 'Ospitals!?!
Wapcaplet: Have you ever in a Hospital where they didn't have string?
Mr. Simpson: No, but it's only string!
Wapcaplet: ONLY STRING?! It's everything! It''s waterproof!
Mr. Simpson: No it isn't!
Wapcaplet: All right, it's water resistant then!
Mr. Simpson: It isn't!
Wapcaplet: All right, it's water absorbent! It's...Super Absorbent String! "ABSORB WATER TODAY WITH SIMPSON'S INDIVIDUAL WATER ABSORB-A-TEX STRINGETTES! AWAY WITH FLOODS!"
Mr. Simpson: You just said it was waterproof!
Mr. Simpson: You're mad!
Wapcaplet: Shut up, shut up, shut up! Sex, sex sex, must get sex into it. Wait, I see a television commercial- There's this nude woman in a bath holding a bit of your string. That's great, great, but we need a doctor, got to have a medical opinion. There's a nude woman in a bath with a doctor--that's too sexy. Put an archbishop there watching them, that'll take the curse off it. Now, we need children and animals. There's two kids admiring the string, and a dog admiring the archbishop who's blessing the string. flavor's missing...make the archbishop Greek Orthodox. Why not Archbishop Macarios? No, no, he's dead... nevermind, we'll get his brother, it'll be cheaper... So, there's Archbishop Macarios....


Man: I wish those bloody bells would stop.
Wife: Oh, it's quite nice dear, it's Sunday, it's the church.
Man: What about us atheists? Why should we 'ave to listen to that sectarian turmoil?
Wife: You're a lapsed atheist, dear.
Man: The principle's the same. Bleeding C-of-E. The Mohmedans don't come 'round here wavin' bells at us! We don't get Buddhists playing bagpipes in our bathroom! Or Hindus harmonizing in the hall! The Shintuists don't come here shattering sheet glass in the shithouse, shouting slogans...
Wife: All right, don't practice your alliteration on me.
Man: Anyway, when I get my membership card and blazer badge back from the League of Agnostics, I shall urge the executive to lodge a protest against that religious racket! Pass the butter knife!
Wife: WHAT??
  (Sound: Window closing, bells get faint, but are still there)
Man: If only we had some kind of missile, we could take the steam out of those bells.
Wife: Well, you could always use the number 14-St. Joseph-the-somewhat- divine-on-the-hill ballistic missile. It's in the attic.
Man: What ballistic missile would this be, then?
  (Sound: Bells begin to get increasingly louder)
Wife: I made it for you, it's your birthday present!
Man: Just what I wanted, 'ow nice of you to remember, my pet. 'EAR!
Wife: WHAT?
Wife: WHAT?
Man: WHAT?
  (Sound: Missle launch, explosion, bells diminish)
Man: Did I 'it it?
Wife: Yes, right up the aisle.
Man: Well I've always said, There's nothing an agnostic can't do if he really doesn't know whether he believes in anything or not.

Traffic Lights

I like traffic lights,
I like traffic lights,
I like traffic lights,
No matter where they've been.

I like traffic lights,
I like traffic lights,
I like traffic lights,
I like traffic lights,
I like traffic lights,
But only when they're green.

He likes traffic lights,
He likes traffic lights,
He likes traffic lights,
No matter where they've been.

He likes traffic lights,
He likes traffic lights,
He likes traffic lights,
But only when they're green.

I like traffic lights,
I like traffic lights,
I like traffic lights,
That is what I said.

I like traffic lights,
I like traffic lights,
I like traffic lights,
But not when they are red.

He likes traffic lights,
He likes traffic lights,
That is what he said.

He likes traffic lights,
He likes traffic lights,
He likes traffic lights,
He likes traffic lights,
He likes traffic lights,
But not when they are red.

I like traffic lights,
I like traffic lights,
I like traffic lights,
Although my name's not Bamber.

I like traffic lights,
I like traffic lights,
I like traffic lights,
I...Oh God!

Cocktail Bar

John: ...except for a half sister, who was obsessed with Vanadium. Rigged the market, made a cool forty million, paid off the Lord Mayor, and put the lot into diesel powered nuns.
Terry J: Which is where it went wrong, eh...
Michael: Exactly!
Terry J: Pass the beernuts.
John: Oh he hasn't killed himself yet.
Terry J: He hasn't?
John: Oh no, waiting to April the 5th.
Michael: Some sort of tax dodge.
Graham: Good evening, sir.
John: Evening, Tom.
Terry J: Evening, Harry.
Michael: Evening, Maurice.
Graham: Well, what's it to be, sir?
John: A mark.
Terry J: Oh, one of your specials please, Harry.
John: One special please, sir.
Graham: One special coming up.
John: So see what's in page eight. Nixon's had an arsehole transplant.
Michael: Well, have you''ve seen the stop press though? The arsehole's rejected him.
Graham: Ehm...would you like a twist of lemming, sir?
Terry J: Uh, yes please, Harry.
  (squeak, squeak, squeak)
Graham: Bit more, sir?
Terry J: Oh, just a squeeze.
Graham: There you are, sir
Terry J: Thank you.
John: Alex, what'll you have?
Michael: Oh, aaaaaah, Mallard Fizz for me, please, Maurice.
Graham: Ok, sir, one Mallard Fizz coming up.
Michael: Jolly good.
Terry J: How about old Cohen Barkley?
John: Eh?
Terry J: [???? ???? ????. ??? ??? ?????? switched the wood preservertives into vinaigre. Sold the bottles right next to [???].
Terry J: Smart fellow's always gonna do well. Nice bloke, said I [?????????]
Michael: Funny looking chap, you know. Buttocks bent the wrong way. [??????????] every time he sat down he fell over. Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha. Ha, ha, ha. Don't make me laugh.
Terry J: Well, cheers then.
Graham: Cheers, sir
John: Eh, for me...ehm...a Harlem Stinger, please, Tom.
Graham: Okay, sir. Rastus!
Rastus: Here, boss.
Graham: One Harlem Stinger.
Rastus: One stinger coming raaaahhhhht up.
(Gurgling, retching)
Michael: Cheers, old boy.
Everyone: Cheers, all the best.
  (Running to the lavatory)
John: Eh, how much is that then, Tom?
Graham: One pound and forty p, sir.
John: Would you care to join us?
Graham: Oh, no, thank you, sir.
John: There we are, keep the change.
Graham: Thank you, sir.
John: Good health.
Graham: Cheers.
  (Drinking. Running to the lavatory, regurgitating)
Terry J: Same again, please, Harry.
Go easy on the lemming, Harry.
Graham: Okay, sir. There you are, sir. Eh...same again for you, sir?
Michael: Just a small one, Maurice.
Graham: Okay, sir.
Michael: Maurice?
Graham: Yes, sir?
Michael: You haven't got something a little, have you?
Graham: What do you mean, something without the mallard, sir? How about a Dog Turd and Tonic?
Michael: Uurgh!

Four Yorkshiremen

Michael: Ahh.. Very passable, this, very passable.
Graham: Nothing like a good glass of Chateau de Chassilier, eh Josiah?
Terry J: You're right there Obediah.
Eric: Who'd a thought thirty years ago we'd all be sittin' here drinking Chateau de Chassilier?
Michael: Aye. In them days, we'd a' been glad to have the price of a cup o' tea.
Graham: A cup o' COLD tea.
Eric: Without milk or sugar.
Terry J: OR tea!
Michael: In a cracked cup, and all.
Eric: We never had a cup. We used to have to drink out of a rolled up newspaper.
Graham: The best WE could manage was to suck on a piece of damp cloth.
Terry J: But you know, we were happy in those days, though we were poor.
Michael: Aye. BECAUSE we were poor. My old Dad used to say to me, "Money doesn't buy you happiness."
Eric: 'E was right. I was happier then and I had NOTHIN'. We used to live in this tiny old house, with greaaaaat big holes in the roof.
Graham: House? You were lucky to have a HOUSE! We used to live in one room, all twenty-six of us, no furniture. Half the floor was missing and we were all huddled together in one corner for fear of FALLING!
Terry J: You were lucky to have a ROOM! We used to have to live in a corridor!
Michael: Ohhhh we used to DREAM of livin' in a corridor! Woulda' been a palace to us. We used to live in an old water tank on a rubbish tip. We got woken up every morning by having a load of rotting fish dumped all over us! House!? Hmph.
Eric: Well when I say "house" it was only a hole in the ground covered by a sheet of tarpolin, it was a house to US.
Graham: We were evicted from our hole in the ground; we had to go and live in a lake!
Terry J: You were lucky to have a LAKE! There were a hundred and fifty of us living in a shoebox in the middle of the road.
Michael: Cardboard box?
Terry J: Aye.
Michael: You were lucky. We lived for three months in a paper bag in a septic tank. We used to have to get up at six in the morning, clean the paper bag, eat a crust of stale bread, go to work down the mill for fourteen hours a day week in week out, for sixpence a week. When we got home, out Dad would thrash us to sleep with his belt!
Graham: Luxury! We used to have to get out of the lake at six o'clock in the morning, clean the lake, eat a handful of hot gravel, work twenty hour a day at the mill for tuppence a month, come home, and Dad would thrash us to sleep with a broken bottle, if we were LUCKY!
Terry J: Well of course, we had it tough. We used to have to get up out of the shoebox at twelve o'clock at night, and LICK the road clean with our tongues. We had half two bits of cold gravel, worked twenty-four hours a day at the mill for sixpence every four years, and when we got home, our Dad would slice us in two with a bread knife.
Eric: Right. I had to get up in the morning at ten o'clock at night, half an hour before I went to bed, drink a cup of sulphuric acid, work twenty-nine hours a day down mill, and pay mill owner for permission to come to work, and when we got home, our Dad and our Mother would kill us, and dance about on our graves singing "Hallelujah."
Michael: And you try and tell the young people today that... and they won't believe ya'.
All: They won't..

Election Special

Linkman: Hello, good evening and welcome to Election Night Special. There's tremendous excitement here at the moment and we should be getting the first results through any moment now. We're not sure where it will be from, it might be Leicester or from West Byfleet, the polling's been quite heavy in both areas. Ah, I'm just getting... I'm just getting... a buzzing noise in my left ear. Urgh, argh! (removes insect and stamps on it). And now let's go straight over to Leicester.
Norman: And it's a straight fight here at Leicester and we're expecting the result any moment now. There with the Returning Officer is Arthur Smith the sensible candidate and next to him is Jethro Q. Walrustitty the silly candidate with his agent and his silly wife.
Officer: Here is the result for Leicester. Arthur J. Smith...
Linkman: (Sensible Party)
Officer: ...30,612. (applause)
Jethro Q. Bunn Whackett Buzzard Stubble and Boot Walrustitty...
Linkman: (Silly Party)
Officer: ...33,108. (applause)
Linkman: Well there we have the first result of the election and the Silly party has held Leicester. Norman.
Norman: Well pretty much as I predicted, except that the Silly party won. Er, I think this is largely due to the number of votes cast. Gerald.
Gerald: Well there's a big swing here to the Silly Party, but how big a swing I'm not going to tell you.
Norman: I think one should point out that in this constituency since the last election a lot of very silly people have moved into new housing estates with the result that a lot of sensible voters have moved further down the road the other side of number er, 29.
Linkman: Well I can't add anything to that. Colin?
Colin: Can I just say that this is the first time I've been on television?
Linkman: No I'm sorry, there isn't time, we're just going straight over to Luton.
Gerald: Well here at Luton it's a three-cornered contest between, from left to right, Alan Jones (Sensible Party), Tarquin Fin-tim-lin-bin-lim-bim-bim-bim-bim-bus-stop-F'tang-F'tang-Olé-Biscuitbarrel (Silly Party), and Kevin Phillips-Bong, who is running on the Slightly Silly ticket. And here's the result.
Woman: Alan Jones...
Linkman: (Sensible)
Woman: ...9,112.
Kevin Phillips-Bong...
Linkman: (Slightly Silly)
Woman: Nought.
Tarquin Fin-tim-lin-bin-whin-bim-lin-bim-bus-stop-F'tang-F'tang-Olé-Biscuitbarrel...
Linkman: (Silly)
Woman: 12,441. (applause)
Linkman: Well there you have it, the first result of the election as the Silly Party take Luton. Norman.
Norman: Well this is a very significant result. Luton, normally a very sensible constituency with a high proportion of people who aren't a bit silly, has gone completely ga-ga.
Linkman: And we've just heard that James Gilbert has with him the winning Silly candidate at Luton.
James: Tarquin, are you pleased with this result?
Tarquin: Ho yus, me old beauty, I should say so. (Silly noises including a goat bleating).
Linkman: And do we have the swing at Luton?
Gerald: Er... no.
Linkman: Right, well I can't add anything to that. Colin?
Colin: Can I just say that this is the second time I've been on television?
Linkman: No, I'm sorry there isn't time, we're just about to get another result.
Norman: And this one is from Harpenden Southeast. A very interesting constituency this: in addition to the official Silly candidate there is an unofficial Very Silly candidate, in the slab of concrete, and he could well split the silly vote here at Harpenden Southeast.
Voice over: Mrs Elsie Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...
Linkman: (Silly)
Voice over: 26,317 (applause).
Jeanette Walker...
Linkman: (Sensible)
Voice over: 26,318...
Linkman: That was very close!
Voice over: Malcolm Peter Brian Telescope Adrian Blackpool Rock Stoatgobbler John Raw Vegetable Brrroooo Norman Michael (rings bell) (blows whistle) Edward (sounds car horn) (does train impersonation) (sounds buzzer) Thomas Moo... (sings) "We'll keep a welcome in the..." (fires gun) William (makes silly noise) "Raindrops keep falling on my" (weird noise) "Don't sleep in the subway" (cuckoo cuckoo) Naaoooo... Smith...
Linkman: (Very Silly)
Voice over: ...two.
Linkman: Well there you have it, a Sensible gain at Harpenden with the Silly vote being split.
Norman: And we've just heard from Luton that Tony Stratton-Smith has with him there the unsuccessful Slightly Silly candidate, Kevin Phillips-Bong.
Tony: Kevin Phillips-Bong. You polled no votes at all. Not a sausage. Bugger all. Are you at all disappointed with this performance?
Phillips-Bong: Not at all. As I always say:
Climb every mountain
Ford every stream,
Follow every by-way,
Till you find your dream.
A dream that will last
All the love you can give
Every day of your life
For as long as you live.
All together now!
Climb every mountain
Ford every stream...
Linkman: A very brave Kevin Phillips-Bong there. Norman.
Norman: And I've just heard from Luton that my aunt is ill. Possibly gastro-enteritis, possibly just catarrh. Gerald.
Linkman: Right. Er, Colin?
Colin: Can I just say that I'll never appear on television again?
Linkman: No I'm sorry, there isn't time, we have to pick up a few results you may have missed. A little pink pussy-cat has taken Barrow-in-Furness -- that's a gain from the Liberals there. Rastus Odinga Odinga has taken Wolverhampton Southwest, that's Enoch Powell's old constituency -- an important gain there for Darkie Power. Arthur Negus has held Bristols -- that's not a result, that's just a bit of gossip. Sir Alec Douglas Hume has taken Oldham for the Stone Dead party. A small piece of putty about that big, a cheese mechanic from Dunbar and two frogs -- one called Kipper the other one not -- have all gone "Ni ni ni ni ni ni ni!" in Blackpool Central. And so it's beginning to look like a Silly landslide, and with the prospect of five more years' Silly government facing us we... Oh I don't want to do this any more, I'm bored!
Norman: He's right you know, it is a bloody waste of time.
Gerald: Absolute waste of time.
Norman: I wanted to be a gynaecologist...

Lumberjack Song

I...I never wanted to do this for a living. I...I...I always...wanted to be...a LUMBERJACK. Leaping from tree to tree as they float down the mighty rivers of British Columbia. The giant larch, the redwood, the mighty scots pine. With my best girl by my side, we'd sing...sing... sing

Oh, I'm a lumberjack and I'm okay,
I sleep all night and I work all day.

Chorus: He's a lumberjack and he's okay,
He sleeps all night and he works all day.

I cut down trees, I eat my lunch,
I go to the lavatory.
On Wednesdays I go shopping
And have buttered scones for tea.

Mounties: He cuts down trees, he eats his lunch,
He goes to the lavatory.
On Wednesdays he goes shopping
And has buttered scones for tea.

Chorus: He's a lumberjack and he's okay,
He sleeps all night and he works all day.

I cut down trees, I skip and jump,
I like to press wild flowers.
I put on women's clothing,
And hang around in bars.

Mounties: He cuts down trees, he skips and jumps,
He likes to press wild flowers.
He puts on women's clothing,
And hangs around in bars?

Chorus: He's a lumberjack and he's okay,
He sleeps all night and he works all day.

I cut down trees, I wear high heels,
Suspenders and a bra.
I wish I'd been a girlie,
Just like my dear pappa.

Mounties: He cuts down trees, he wears high heels?
Suspendies...and a bra?

...he's a lumberjack and he's okay,
He sleeps all night and he works all day.

...he's a lumberjack and he's OKAAAAAAAAAAYYY.
He sleeps all night and he works all day.

I Like Chinese

The world today seems absolutely crackers.
With nuclear bombs to blow us all sky high.
There are fools and idiots sitting on the trigger.
It's depressing, and it's senseless, and that's why...

I like Chinese,
I like Chinese,
They only come up to your knees,
Yet they're always friendly and they're ready to please.

I like Chinese,
I like Chinese,
There's nine hundred million of them in the world today,
You'd better learn to like them, that's what I say.

I like Chinese,
I like Chinese,
They come from a long way overseas,
But they're cute and they're cuddly, and they're ready to please.

I like chinese food,
The waiters never are rude,
Think of the many things they've done to impress,
There's Maoism, Taoism, I Ching and chess.

So I like Chinese,
I like Chinese,
I like their tiny little trees,
Their Zen, their ping-pong, their
yin and yang-ese.

I like Chinese thought,
The wisdom that Confucious taught,
If Darwin is anything to shout about,
The Chinese will survive us all without any doubt.

So I like Chinese,
I like Chinese,
They only come up to your knees,
Yet they're wise and they're witty, and they're ready to please.

(Verse in Chinese)

I like Chinese,
I like Chinese,
Their food is guaranteed to please,
A fourteen, a seven, a nine and lychees.

I like Chinese,
I like Chinese,
I like their tiny little trees,
Their Zen, their ping-pong, their yin and yang-ese.

I like Chinese,
I like Chinese,
They only come up to your knees,
Yet they're wise and they're witty, and they're ready to please.(Fade)

Spanish Inquisition Part 1

Linkman: Jarrow - New Year's Eve 1911
Trouble at mill.
Lady Mountback:
Oh no - what kind of trouble?
Reg: I don't know - Mr Wentworth told me to come and say that there was trouble at the mill, that's all - I didn't expect a kind of Spanish Inquisition.
(The door flies open and Cardinal Ximinez of Spain enters, flanked by two junior cardinals. Cardinal Biggles has goggles pushed over his forehead. Cardinal Fang is just Cardinal Fang)
NOBODY expects the Spanish Inquisition! Our weapon is suprise...surprise and fear...fear and surprise.... Our two weapons are fear and surprise...and ruthless efficiency.... Our three weapons are fear, and surprise, and the ruthless efficiency...and an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope.... Amongst our weapons...are fear, surprise, ruth... Amongst our weaponry...are such elements as fear... I'll come in again.
  (Exit and exeunt)
Reg: I didn't expect a kind of Spanish Inquisition.
(The cardinals burst in)
Ximinez: NOOOBODY expects the Spanish Inquisition! Amongst our weaponry are such diverse elements as: fear, surprise, ruthless efficiency, and an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope, and a night out with the neighbour - Oh erh! It's no good, I'm sorry. Cardinal Biggles - you'll have to say it.
(Terry J)
Ximinez: You'll have to say the bit about 'Our chief weapons are ...'
Biggles: I couldn't say that...
  (Ximinez bundles the cardinals outside again)
Reg: I didn't expect a kind of Spanish Inquisition.
(The cardinals enter)
Biggles: Er....
Ximinez: Expects...
Biggles: Expects... Nobody expects
Ximinez: Inquisition.
Biggles: Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition. In fact, those who do expect -
Ximinez: Our chief weapons is...
Biggles: Our chief weapons
Ximinez: Surprise...
Biggles: Surprise and --
Ximinez: Stop. Stop. Stop there - All right! All right! ...our chief weapon is surprise...blah blah blah blah blah. Now, Cardinal Fang, read the charges.
(Terry G)
One pound for a full sketch, 24 p for a quickie.
Ximinez: What will you have?
Lady Mountback: Sketch, please.

Cheese Shop

Good Morning.
Good morning, sir. Welcome to the National Cheese Emporium!
Mousebender: Ah, thank you, my good man.
Wensleydale: What can I do for you, sir?
Mousebender: Well, I was, uh, sitting in the public library on Thurmon Street just now, skimming through "Rogue Herrys" by Hugh Walpole, and I suddenly came over all peckish.
Wensleydale: Peckish, sir?
Mousebender: Esuriant.
Wensleydale: Eh?
Mousebender: 'Ee, Ah wor 'ungry-loike!
Wensleydale: Ah, hungry!
Mousebender: In a nutshell. And I thought to myself, "a little fermented curd will do the trick," so, I curtailed my Walpoling activites, sallied forth, and infiltrated your place of purveyance to negotiate the vending of some cheesy comestibles!
Wensleydale: Come again?
Mousebender: I want to buy some cheese.
Wensleydale: Oh, I thought you were complaining about the bazouki player!
Mousebender: Oh, heaven forbid: I am one who delights in all manifestations of the Terpsichorean muse!
Wensleydale: Sorry?
Mousebender: 'Ooo, Ah lahk a nice tuune, 'yer forced too!
Wensleydale: So he can go on playing, can he?
Mousebender: Most certainly! Now then, some cheese please, my good man.
Wensleydale: (lustily) Certainly, sir. What would you like?
Mousebender: Well, eh, how about a little Red Leicester.
Wensleydale: I'm, a-fraid we're fresh out of Red Leicester, sir.
Mousebender: Oh, never mind, how are you on Tilsit?
Wensleydale: I'm afraid we never have that at the end of the week, sir, we get it fresh on Monday.
Mousebender: Tish tish. No matter. Well, stout yeoman, four ounces of Caerphilly, if you please.
Wensleydale: Ah! It's beeeen on order, sir, for two weeks. Was expecting it this morning.
Mousebender: 'T's Not my lucky day, is it? Aah, Bel Paese?
Wensleydale: Sorry, sir.
Mousebender: Red Windsor?
Wensleydale: Normally, sir, yes. Today the van broke down.
Mousebender: Ah. Stilton?
Wensleydale: Sorry.
Mousebender: Ementhal? Gruyere?
Wensleydale: No.
Mousebender: Any Norweigan Jarlsburg, per chance.
Wensleydale: No.
Mousebender: Liptauer?
Wensleydale: No.
Mousebender: Lancashire?
Wensleydale: No.
Mousebender: White Stilton?
Wensleydale: No.
Mousebender: Danish Blue?
Wensleydale: No.
Mousebender: Double Gloucester?
Wensleydale: (pause) No.
Mousebender: Cheshire?
Wensleydale: No.
Mousebender: Dorset Blue Vinney?
Wensleydale: No.
Mousebender: Brie, Rocquefort, Pont-l'Évêgue le Veq, Port Salut, Savoyard, Saint-Paulin, Carre-de-L'Ést, Bresse Bleue, Bruson?
Wensleydale: No.
Mousebender: Camenbert, perhaps?
Wensleydale: Ah! We have Camenbert, yessir.
Mousebender: (suprised) You do! Excellent.
Wensleydale: Yessir. It's..ah,'s a bit runny...
Mousebender: Oh, I like it runny.
Wensleydale: Well,.. It's very runny, actually, sir.
Mousebender: No matter. Fetch hither the fromage de la Belle France! Mmmwah!
Wensleydale: I...think it's a bit runnier than you'll like it, sir.
Mousebender: I don't care how fucking runny it is. Hand it over with all speed.
Wensleydale: Oooooooooohhh........! (pause)
Mousebender: What now?
Wensleydale: The cat's eaten it.
Mousebender: (pause) Has he.
Wensleydale: She, sir.
Mousebender: Gouda?
Wensleydale: No.
Mousebender: Edam?
Wensleydale: No.
Mousebender: Caithness?
Wensleydale: No.
Mousebender: Smoked Austrian?
Wensleydale: No.
Mousebender: Japanese Sage Derby?
Wensleydale: No, sir.
Mousebender: have some cheese, don't you?
Wensleydale: (brightly) Of course, sir. It's a cheese shop, sir. We've got--
Mousebender: No no... don't tell me. I'm keen to guess.
Wensleydale: Fair enough.
Mousebender: Uuuuuh, Wensleydale.
Wensleydale: Yes?
Mousebender: Ah, well, I'll have some of that!
Wensleydale: Oh! I thought you were talking to me, sir. Mister Wensleydale, that's my name.
Mousebender: Greek Feta?
Wensleydale: Uh, not as such.
Mousebender: Uuh, Gorgonzola?
Wensleydale: No
Mousebender: Parmesan?
Wensleydale: No
Mousebender: Mozzarella?
Wensleydale: No
Mousebender: Pippo Crème?
Wensleydale: No
Mousebender: Danish Fynbo?
Wensleydale: No
Mousebender: Czech sheep's milk?
Wensleydale: No
Mousebender: Venezuelan Beaver Cheese?
Wensleydale: Not today, sir, no.
Mousebender: Aah, how about Cheddar?
Wensleydale: Well, we don't get much call for it around here, sir.
Mousebender: Not much ca--It's the single most popular cheese in the world!
Wensleydale: Not 'round here, sir.
Mousebender: (slight pause) and what IS the most popular cheese 'round hyah?
Wensleydale: Ilchester, sir.
Mousebender: IS it.
Wensleydale: Oh, yes, it's staggeringly popular in this manor, squire.
Mousebender: Is it.
Wensleydale: It's our number one best seller, sir!
Mousebender: I see. Uuh...Ilchester, eh?
Wensleydale: Right, sir.
Mousebender: All right. Okay. 'Have you got any?' he asked, expecting the answer 'no'.
Wensleydale: I'll have a look, sir... nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnno.
Mousebender: It's not much of a cheese shop, is it?
Wensleydale: Finest in the district, sir!
Mousebender: Explain the logic underlying that conclusion, please.
Wensleydale: Well, it's so clean, sir!
Mousebender: It's certainly uncontaminated by cheese....
Wensleydale: (brightly) You haven't asked me about Limburger, sir.
Mousebender: Would it be worth it?
Wensleydale: Could be....
Mousebender: Have you --SHUT THAT BLOODY BAZOUKI UP!
Wensleydale: Told you, sir....
Mousebender: (slowly) Have you got any Limburger?
Wensleydale: No.
Mousebender: Figures. Predictable, really I suppose. It was an act of purest optimism to have posed the question in the first place. Tell me:
Wensleydale: Yessir?
Mousebender: (deliberately) Have you in fact got any cheese here at all.
Wensleydale: Yes,sir.
Mousebender: Really?
Wensleydale: No. Not really, sir.
Mousebender: You haven't.
Wensleydale: Nosir. Not a scrap. I was deliberately wasting your time,sir.
Mousebender: Well I'm sorry, but I'm going to have to shoot you.
Wensleydale: Right-0, sir.
  (Mousebender pulls out a gun and shoots Wensleydale)
Mousebender: What a senseless waste of human life.

Cherry Orchard

  (Opening music)
Announcer: Gumby Theatre comes live tonight from the Evon Gumby Theatre near Guildford. L. D. Gumby, M. J. Gumby and R.S. Gumby star in The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekov. The action takes place near Moscow in the 1870's.
Gumbies: (Bird song, knock knock)
Announcer: Meanwhile in Sct. Petersburg Ylia Natajevska and Mariana Plajenkov await news of their stepbrother Trofimov.
Gumbies: HELLO
(Closing music)
Announcer: That was The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekov. Adapted for radio by putting it onto a piece of wood and banging a few nails through it. Mr. L. N. Gumby is now appearing in the Thames near Woking Steps. And Mr. D. P. Gumby is appearing as a central tunnel support on the new Victoria Line.
(Skating pick-up)
Voice over: (fake norwegian accent)...then the old ladies are thrown into the fjords, with their boots tied around their necks...

Architect's Sketch

Mr. Tid
Now, gentlemen, we have two basic suggestions for the architectural design of this residential block, and I thought it better that the architects themselves demonstrate the particular advantages of their designs. Ah! That's probably the first architect now. Erm, Mr. Wiggin of Ironside and Malone.
Mr. Wiggin
Good morning, gentlemen. This is a model of a 12-storey block combining classical neo-Georgian features with the efficiencies of modern techniques. The tenants arrive here in the entrance hall, are carried along the corridor on a conveyor belt in extreme comfort, past murals depicting Mediterranean scenes, towards the rotating knives. The last twenty feet of the corridor are heavily soundproofed. The blood pours down these chutes and the mangled flesh slurps into these large....
First City Gent: Excuse me.
Mr. Wiggin: Yes?
First City Gent: Did you say 'knives'?
Mr. Wiggin: Rotating knives, yes.
Second City Gent: Are you proposing to slaughter our tenants?
Mr. Wiggin: Does that not fit in with your plans?
First City Gent: Ah, no, no it does not. We asked for a simple block of flats.
Mr. Wiggin: Ahhh. I hadn't fully divined your attitude towards the tenants. You see I mainly design slaughter houses.
Mind you, this is a real beaut. None of your blood caked on the walls and flesh flying out of the windows incommoding the passers-by with this one. My life has been leading up to this.
Second City Gent: Yes, and well done, but we wanted an apartment block.
Mr. Wiggin: May I ask you to reconsider. You wouldn't regret this. Think of the tourist trade.
First City Gent: I'm sorry, but we want a block of flats, and not an abattoir.
Mr. Wiggin: Yes! Well, that's the sort of blinkered philistine pig ignorance I've come to expect from you non-creative garbage. You sit there on your loathsome spotty behinds squeezing blackheads, not caring a tinker's cuss for the struggling artist, you excrement. You whining hypocritical toadies with your colour TV sets and your Tony Jacklin golf clubs and your bleeding masonic secret handshakes. You wouldn't let me join, would you, you blackballing bastards. Well I wouldn't become a Freemason now if you went down on your lousy stinking knees and begged me.
Second City Gent: We're sorry you feel that way but we did want a block of flats, nice though the abattoir is.
Mr. Wiggin: Oh sod the abattoir, it's not important. (He dashes forward and kneels in front of them.) But if any of you could put in a word for me I'd love to be a mason. Masonry opens doors. I'd be very quiet, I was a bit on edge just now but if I were a mason I'd sit at the back and not get in anyone's way.
First City Gent: (politely) Thank you.
Mr. Wiggin: I've got a second-hand apron.
Second City Gent: Thank you.
Mr. Wiggin: I nearly got in at Hendon.
First City Gent: Thank you.
Second City Gent: Is there anyone else to see?
Mr.Tid: Yes, there's the Spanish Inquisition.
Second City Gent: I didn't expect the Spanish Inquisition.

Spanish Inquisition Part 2

Ximinez: NOBODY expects the Spanish Inquisition. Our chief weapon is surprise, that's all, just surprise.
Fang: What about fear?
Ximenez: Oh, yes yes, all right. Surprise and fear.
Fang: And a fanatical...
Ximenez: Shut up!
You are accused of heresy on three counts -- heresy by thought, heresy by word, heresy by deed, and heresy by action -- four, four counts. Now, you have one last chance. Confess the heinous sin of heresy, reject the works of the ungodly -- two last chances. And you shall be free -- three last chances. You have three last chances, and unrighteous creature. How do you plead? HA HA HA HA!
Where has everybody gone?
Cardinal Fang? Car-di-nal Fang!
(Door opening. Cafeteria sounds.)
Fang: Sorry, my lord. We were just having a cup of tea with these architects..
Ximenez: Shut up! (fade)


Mr. Bun:
(Terry J)
Mr. Bun: Well, what've you got?
Waitress: Well, there's egg and bacon; egg sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg bacon and spam; egg bacon sausage and spam; spam bacon sausage and spam; spam egg spam spam bacon and spam; spam sausage spam spam spam bacon spam tomato and spam;
Vikings: (starting to chant) Spam spam spam spam...
Waitress: ...spam spam spam egg and spam; spam spam spam spam spam spam baked beans spam spam spam...
Vikings: (singing) Spam! Lovely spam! Lovely spam!
Waitress: ...or Lobster Thermidor a Crevette with a mornay sauce served in a Provencale manner with shallots and aubergines garnished with truffle paté, brandy and with a fried egg on top and spam.
Mrs. Bun:
Have you got anything without spam?
Waitress: Well, there's spam egg sausage and spam, that's not got much spam in it.
Mrs. Bun: I don't want ANY spam!
Mr. Bun: Why can't she have egg bacon spam and sausage?
Mrs. Bun: THAT'S got spam in it!
Mr. Bun: Hasn't got as much spam in it as spam egg sausage and spam, has it?
Vikings: Spam spam spam spam (crescendo through next few lines)
Mrs. Bun: Could you do the egg bacon spam and sausage without the spam then?
Waitress: Urgghh!
Mrs. Bun: What do you mean 'Urgghh'? I don't like spam!
Vikings: Lovely spam! Wonderful spam!
Waitress: Shut up!
Vikings: Lovely spam! Wonderful spam!
Waitress: Shut up! (Vikings stop) Bloody Vikings! You can't have egg bacon spam and sausage without the spam.
Mr. Bun: Sshh, dear, don't cause a fuss. I'll have your spam. I love it. I'm having spam spam spam spam spam spam spam beaked beans spam spam spam and spam!
Vikings: (singing) Spam spam spam spam. Lovely spam! Wonderful spam!
Waitress: Shut up!! Baked beans are off.
Mr. Bun: Well could I have her spam instead of the baked beans then?
Waitress: You mean spam spam spam spam spam spam spam spam spam spam spam and spam!
Vikings: (singing) Spam spam spam spam. Lovely spam! Wonderful spam! Lovely spam! Wonderful spam! Spam spa-a-a-a-a-am spam spa-a-a-a-a-am spam. Lovely spam! Lovely spam! Lovely spam! Lovely spam! Lovely spam! Spam spam spam spam!

Spanish Inquisition Part 3

Voice over: Nr. 23: The shin. (click) Nr. 24: Reginal Mordling's shin. (click) Nr. 25: The nipple. (click) Nr. 26: Reginal Mordling's elbow. (click) Nr. 27: The Spanish Inquisition. (fade)
Ximinez: Who said that?
Biggles: What?
Ximenez: Don't play games with me. Our weapons are fear, surprise, ruthless efficiency and an almost fanatical ooouuuwwwah! Ah! Cardinal Biggles.
Biggles:, Lord.
Ximenez: There is only one thing to do: we must torture him and obtain a sign...two, two things to do. One: torture. Two: obtain a signed confession. Three: nothing! There is no third thing, is that clear? Biggles.
Biggles: Yes, Lord.
Ximenez: We have to extragate the truth from this unbeliever on pain of torture. Get...The Comfy Chair!

Comfy Chair

Various voices: The comfy chair? The comfy chair! THE COMFY CHAIR. The comfy chair! The comfy chair! THE COMFY CHAIR. The comfy chair! THE COMFY CHAIR! The comfy chair! The comfy chair! THE COMFY CHAIR.

Famous Person Quiz

Voice over: While they are all saying "the comfy chair", here is question one of our special sound quiz.
Question one: What famous person is this, getting up in the morning?
Sounds: Alarm clock. Yawning. Steps (slippers). Tinkling in the toilet. Flushing. Toothbrush. Steps (slippers). Electric razor. Steps (shoes). Front door slamming. Steps in stairwell.
Voice over: Yes, it was the film director Visconti, 5 points. And italian film director is not sufficient.

You Be The Actor

Announcer: And now: The moment you've been waiting for.
Your chance to be like sir Lawrence Olivier, sir Alec Guinness and Lawrence Harvey in the privacy of your own living room. Yes, all you need is this record and the script supplied with it, and you too can Be A Great Actor!

You will be playing the part of Montague, the forcefull, yet bitter, disillusioned, zany, marxist tycoon in this new play by a very good bearded playwright. Other great British and Welsh actors will be playing only minor roles. Now is your big chance, just follow the script, as we present: A Taste Of Evil, starring: (insert your name here) as Montague.

Voice over: A policestation in Repton.
Cop: Morning, Super.
Super: Morning, Wonderful.
Cop: Nasty business up at the Tower, sir.
Super: Oh yes. What's happened?
Cop: Montague shot himself.
Super: 'E did?
Cop: 'Fraid so, sir, blood everywhere..
Announcer: We apologize for an error in this Be-A-Great-Actor-In-Your-Own-Livingroom section of the record. Owing to an error in the selection of the play, the character of Montague does not appear to speak throughout the production.
So, let's go straight on to number two in your scripts: All Quiet On The Western Front. You are Charles, just back from the war, and to help YOU to become a great actor, a buzzer will go when it is your turn to speak.

All Quiet On The Western Front. Adapted for radio by Geoff Astroll and John Jeanette. Episode eight: Charles returns to Berkely Manor.

Belinda: Oh, Charles, Charles Charles!
Charles: Buzzzz.
Belinda: Oh, Charles.
Charles: Buzzzzzzzzz.
Belinda: I...I'd never thought I'd...see you again.
Charles: Buzzzzzzz.
Belinda: Oh, that's wonderful news. But why? Are you...
Charles: Buzzzzzzzzz.
Belinda: Where?
Charles: Buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
Belinda: Oh, no!
Charles: Buzz.
Belinda: Yes Charles.
Charles: Buzzz.
Belinda: Oh, I love you, too!
Charles: Buzzzzzzzzz buzz.
Belinda: But what?
Charles: Buzzzzz.
Belinda: Shot off?
Charles: Buzz.
Belinda: Completely?!
Charles: Buzzzzzzzzzzzz.
Belinda: Oh, Charles!
Charles: Buzzzzzzz.
Belinda: Charles.
Charles: Buzzzzzzz.
Belinda: Charles.
Charles: Buzzzzzzz.
Annoucer: Will Charles ever play football again? Does [Asquet?] really know what is happening to the chaps in France, and is Belinda such good (buzz) as everyone says? Don't miss next weeks exiting episode.

Nudge Nudge

Man: 'Evening, squire!
Squire: Good evening.
Man: Is, uh,...Is your wife a goer, eh? Know whatahmean, know whatahmean, nudge nudge, know whatahmean, say no more?
Squire: Beg your pardon?
Man: Your wife, does she go, eh, does she go, eh?
Squire: Well, she sometimes "goes", yes.
Man: I bet she does, I bet she does, say no more, say no more, know whatahmean, nudge nudge?
Squire: I'm afraid I don't quite follow you.
Man: Follow me. Follow me. That's good, that's good! A nod's as good as a wink to a blind bat!
Squire: Are you selling something?
Man: SELLING! Very good, very good! Ay? Ay? Ay? Oooh! Ya wicked Ay! Wicked Ay! Oooh hooh! Say No MORE!
Squire: No I can asure you, uh....
Man: Is, your uh, is your wife a sport, ay?
Squire: Um, she likes sport, yes!
Man: I bet she does, I bet she does!
Squire: As a matter of fact she's very fond of cricket.
Man: Who isn't? She likes games, eh? Knew she would. Likes games, eh? She's been around a bit, eh, been around?
Squire: She has traveled, yes. She's from Purley.
Man: SAY NO MORE!! Purley, 'squire, famous place, saynomore! Is uh, is your wife interested, ay? "Photographs, ay", he asked him knowingly?
Squire: Photography?
Man: Snap snap, grin grin, wink wink, nudge nudge, say no more?
Squire: Holiday snaps, eh?
Man: They could be, they could be taken on holiday. Candid, you know, CANDID photography?
Squire: No I'm afraid we don't have a camera.
Man: Oh. Still, mooooooh, ay? Mwoohohohohoo, ay? Hohohohohoho, ay?
Squire: Look... are you insinuating something?
Man: Oh, no, no, no...yes.
Squire: Well?
Man: I mean, you're a man of the world, squire.
Squire: Yes...
Man: You're been around a bit, ay, you've, uh.... You've "done it"....
Squire: What do you mean?
Man: Well, I mean ... I mean like if you''ve SLEPT, with a lady....
Squire: Yes....
Man: What's it like?


First Sailor: Still no sign of land. How long is it?
Second Sailor: That's a rather personal question, sir.
First Sailor: (hushed) You stupid git. I meant how long has it been in the lifeboat? You've destroyed the atmosphere now.
Second Sailor: I'm sorry.
First Sailor: Shut up. Start again.
Still no sign of land. How long is it?
Second Sailor: Thirty-three days, sir.
First Sailor: Thirty-three days?
Second Sailor: We can't go on much longer.
(hushed) I didn't think I destroyed the atmosphere.
First Sailor: Shut up.
Second Sailor: Well, I don't think I did.
First Sailor: 'Course you did.
Second Sailor: Do you think I did?
Third sailor: Yes, you did.
First Sailor: Shut up. Shut up!
Still no sign of land. How long is it?
Second Sailor: Thirty-three days, sir.
Fourth Sailor: Have we started again?
First Sailor: STILL no sign of land. How long is it?
Second Sailor: Thirty-three days, sir.
First Sailor: Thirty-three days?
Second Sailor: We can't go on much longer, sir. We haven't eaten since the fifth day.
Third Sailor: We're done for, we're done for!
First Sailor: Shut up, Maudling. We've just got to keep hoping. Someone may find us.
Fourth Sailor: How are you feeling, Captain?
Fifth Sailor: Not too good. I...I feel so weak.
Second Sailor: We can't hold out much longer.
Fifth Sailor: Listen...chaps...there's still a chance. I'm...done for, I' a gammy leg and I'm going fast; I'll never get through. But...some of you might.'d better eat me.
First Sailor: Eat you, sir?
Fifth Sailor: Yes. Eat me.
Second Sailor: Uuuggghhh! With a gammy leg?
Fifth Sailor: You needn't eat the leg, Thompson. There's still plenty of good meat. Look at that arm.
Third Sailor: It's not just the leg, sir.
Fifth Sailor: What do you mean?
Third Sailor: Well,'s just that -
Fifth Sailor: Why don't you want to eat me?
Third Sailor: I'd rather eat Johnson, sir!
Second Sailor: So would I, sir.
Fifth Sailor: I see.
Fourth Sailor: Well, that's settled then. Everyone's gonna eat me!
First Sailor: Uh, well...
Third Sailor: What, sir?
First Sailor: Go ahead, please, but I won't -
Fourth Sailor: Oh nonsense, sir, you're starving; Tuck in!
First Sailor: No, no, it's not that.
Second Sailor: What's the matter with Johnson, sir?
First Sailor: Well, he's not kosher.
Third Sailor: That depends how we kill him, sir.
First Sailor: Yes, that's true. But to be perfectly frank I...I like my meat a little more lean. I'd rather eat Hodges.
Second Sailor: Oh well, all right.
Third Sailor: I still prefer Johnson.
Fifth Sailor: I wish you'd all stop bickering and eat me.
Second Sailor: Look. I tell you what. Those who want to can eat Johnson. And you, sir, can have my leg. And we make some stock from the Captain, and then we'll have Johnson cold for supper.
Crew: (cacophonous) Hmm, yes, good idea, excellent thinking, very good, I don't suppose we could have Hodges in the morning, jolly good idea, etc.
  (Telephone rings)
Voice over: Hello! As a navel officer I abhor the implication that the Royal Navy is a haven for cannibalism. It is well known that we now have the problem relatively under control, and that it is just the RAF who now suffer the largest casualties in this area. And what do you think the Argylls ate in Aden. Arabs? Yours etc. Captain B. J. Smethwick in a white wine sauce with shallots, mushrooms and garlic.

Spanish Inquisition Revisited

Voice over: If you've enjoyed listening to this record, you will enjoy "Folksongs Of The Spanish Inquisition"
Cardinals: (singing)
Knees up Mother Brown
Knees up Mother Brown
Knees up, knees up,
Don't get your knees up[?]
Knees up Mother Brown.

I Bet You They Won't Play This Song On The Radio

I bet they won't play this song on the radio
I bet you they won't play this new (bleep) song
It's not that it's (bleep) or (bleep) controversial
Just that the (bleep)ing words are 'awfully strong
You can't say (bleep) on the radio
Or (bleep) or (bleep) or (bleep)
You can't even say I'd like to (bleep) you one day
Unless your're a doctor with a very large (bleep)
So I bet you they won't play this song on the radio
I bet you they daren't (bleep) well programme it
I bet you their (bleep)ing old Programme Directors
Will think it's a load of horse (bleep)


Second Bruce (Graham)Goodday, Bruce.
First Bruce (Eric)Oh, hello, Bruce.
Third Bruce (Michael)How are yer, Bruce
First BruceBit crook, Bruce.
Second BruceWhere's Bruce?
First BruceHe's not here, Bruce.
Third BruceBlimey s'hot in here, Bruce.
First BruceS'hot enough to boil a monkey's bum.
Second BruceThat's a strange expression, Bruce.
First BruceWell Bruce, I heard the prime minister use it. S'hot enough to boil a monkey's bum in 'ere your Majesty, he said, and she smiled quietly to herself.
Third BruceShe's a good Sheila, Bruce and not at all stuck up.
Second BruceAh, here's the Bossfella now - how are you, Bruce!
 Enter Fourth Bruce with the English person, Michael.
Fourth Bruce (John)Goodday Bruce, Hello Bruce, how are you, Bruce! Gentlemen, I'd like to introduce a chap from pommie land ... who's joining us this year here in the Philosophy Department of the University of Woolamaloo.
Michael (Terry J)Hello.
Fourth BruceMichael Baldwin - Bruce. Michael Baldwin - Bruce. Michael Baldwin - Bruce.
First BruceIs your name not Bruce?
MichaelNo, it's Michael.
Second BruceThat's going to cause a little confusion.
Third BruceMind if we call you Bruce, to keep it clear!
Fourth BruceGentlemen I think we'd better start the faculty meeting. Before we start though, I'll ask the padre for a prayer.
 First Bruce snaps a plastic dog-collar round hic neck. They all lower their heads.
First BruceO Lord we beseech thee, Amen.
Fourth BruceCrack the tubes, right. (Third Bruce starts opening beer cans) I now call upon Bruce to official welcome Mr Baldwin to the Philosophy Faculty.
Second BruceI'd like to welcome the pommy bastard to God's own earth and remind him that we don't like stuck-up sticky-beaks here.
AllHear, hear. Well spoken, Bruce.
Fourth BruceBruce teaches classical philosophy, Bruce there teaches Hegelian philosophy, and Bruce here teaches logical positivism and is also in charge of the sheepdip.
Third BruceWhat's new Bruce going to teach?
Fourth BruceNew Bruce will be teaching political science - Machiavelli, Bentham, Locke, Hobbes, Sutcliffe, Lindwall, Miller, Hassett, and Benaud.
Second BruceThese are all cricketers, Bruce.
Fourth BruceOh, spit.
Third BruceHowls of densive laughter, Bruce.
 They all stand up.
AllAustralia, Australia, Australia, Australia, we love you. Amen.
 They sit down.
First BruceAnother tube.
Fourth BruceAny questions!
Second BruceNew Bruce - are you a pooftah!
Fourth BruceAre you a pooftah!
Fourth BruceNo, right, I'Il just wanna remind you of the faculty rules. Rule one - no pooftahs. Rule two - no member of the faculty is to maltreat the Abbos in any way a'all, if there's anyone watching. Rule three - no pooftahs. Rule four - now, this time I don't want to catch anybody not drinking. Rule five - no pooftahs. Rule six - there is noooo rule six. Rule seven - no pooftahs. Right, that concludes the reading of the rules, Bruce.
First BruceThis here's the wattle - the emblem of our land. You can stick it in a bottle or you can hold it in yer hand.
(And they sing:)

Immanuel Kant was a real pissant
Who was very rarely stable,
Heidegger, Heidegger was a boozy begger
Who could think you under the table,
David Hume could out-consume,
Wilhelm Freidrich Hegel.
And Wittgenstein was a beery swine
Who was just as schloshed as Schlegel.
There's nothing Nietzche couldn't teach ya
'Bout the raising of the wrist.
Socrates himself was permanently pissed.

John Stuart Mill, of his own free will
On half a pint of shandy was particularly ill.
Plato, they say could stick it away,
Half a crate of whiskey everyday.
Aristotle, Aristotle was a bugger for the bottle,
Hobbes was fond of his dram,
And René DesCartes was a drunken fart
"I drink, therefore I am."
Yes, Socrates himself is particularly missed,
A lovely little thinker but a bugger when he's pissed.


Customer: Good morning.
Good morning, sir. Can I help you?
Customer: Er, yes. Do you have a copy of "Thirty Days in the Samarkind Desert with the Duchess of Kent" by A. E. J. Eliott, O.B.E.?
Owner: Ah, well, I don't know the book, sir....
Customer: Er, never mind, never mind. How about "A Hundred and One Ways to Start a Fight"?
Owner: ...By?
Customer: An Irish gentleman whose name eludes me for the moment.
Owner: Ah, no, well we haven't got it in stock, sir....
Customer: Oh, well, not to worry, not to worry. Can you help me with "David Coperfield"?
Owner: Ah, yes, Dickens.
Customer: No....
Owner: I beg your pardon?
Customer: No, Edmund Wells.
Owner: I... think you'll find Charles Dickens wrote "David Copperfield", sir....
Customer: No, no, Dickens wrote "David Copperfield" with two Ps. This is "David Coperfield" with one P by Edmund Wells.
Owner: "David Coperfield" with one P?
Customer: Yes, I should have said.
Owner: Yes, well in that case we don't have it.
Customer: Funny, you've got a lot of books here....
Owner: Yes, we do, but we don't have "David Coperfield" with one P by Edmund Wells.
Customer: Are you quite sure?
Owner: Quite.
Customer: Not worth just looking?
Owner: Definitely not.
Customer: 'bout "Grate Expectations"?
Owner: Yes, well we have that....
Customer: That's "G-R-A-T-E Expectations," also by Edmund Wells.
Owner: Yes, well in that case we don't have it. We don't have anything by Edmund Wells, actually: he's not very popular.
Customer: Not "Knickerless Knickleby"? That's K-N-I-C-K-E-R-L-E-S-S.
Owner: No.
Customer: "Khristmas Karol" with a K?
Owner: No....
Customer: Er, how about "A Sale of Two Titties"?
Customer: Sorry to trouble you....
Owner: Not at all....
Customer: Good morning.
Owner: Good morning.
Customer: Oh!
Owner: Yesss?
Customer: I wonder if you might have a copy of "Rarnaby Budge"?
Owner: No, as I say, we're right out of Edmund Wells!
Customer: No, not Edmund Wells - Charles Dikkens.
Owner: Charles Dickens??
Customer: Yes.
Owner: You mean "Barnaby Rudge"!
Customer: No, "Rarnaby Budge" by Charles Dikkens. That's Dikkens with two Ks, the well-known Dutch author.
Owner: No, well we don't have "Rarnaby Budge" by Charles Dikkens with two Ks, the well-known Dutch author, and perhaps to save time I should add that we don't have "Karnaby Fudge" by Darles Chickens, or "Farmer of Sludge" by Marles Pickens, or even "Stickwick Stapers" by Farles Wickens with four M's and a silent Q!!!!! Why don't you try W. H. Smith's?
Customer: I did, They sent me here.
Owner: DID they.
Customer: Oh, I wonder...
Owner: Oh, do go on, please.
Customer: Yes...I wonder if you might have "The Amazing Adventures of Captain Gladys Stoutpamphlet and her Intrepid Spaniel Stig Amongst the Giant Pygmies of Beckles"...volume eight.
Owner: No, we don't have that...funny, we've got a lot of books here...well, I musn't keep you standing here...thank you,--
Customer: Oh, well do, do you have--
Owner: No, we haven't. No, we haven't.
Customer: B-b-b-but--
Owner: Sorry, no, it's one o'clock now, we're closing for lunch--
Customer: Ah, I--I saw it--
Owner: I'm sorry--
Customer: I saw it over there! I saw it...
Owner: What? What? WHAT?!?
Customer: I saw it over there: "Olsen's Standard Book of British Birds".
Owner: "Olsen's Standard Book of British Birds"?
Customer: Yes...
Owner: O-L-S-E-N?
Customer: Yes....
Owner: B-I-R-D-S??
Customer: Yes.....
Owner: Yes, well, we do have that, as a matter of fact....
Customer: The expurgated version....
Owner: I'm sorry, I didn't quite catch that...?
Customer: The expurgated version.
Owner: The EXPURGATED version of "Olsen's Standard Book of British Birds"?!?!
Customer: The one without the gannet!
Owner: The one without the gannet!!! They've ALL got the gannet!! It's a Standard British Bird, the gannet, it's in all the books!!!
Customer: Well, I don't like them...they wet their nests.
Owner: All right! I'll remove it!! (rrriiiiip!) Any other birds you don't like?!
Customer: I don't like the robin...
Owner: The robin! Right! The robin! (rrriiiiip!) There you are, any others you don't like, any others?
Customer: The nuthatch?
Owner: Right! The nuthatch, the nuthatch, the nuthatch, 'ere we are! (rrriiip!) There you are! NO gannets, NO robins, NO nuthatches, THERE's your book!
Customer: I can't buy that! It's torn!
Ah, I wonder if you have...
Owner: God, ask me anything!! We got lots of books here, you know, it's a bookshop!!
Customer: Er, how 'bout "Biggles Combs his Hair"?
Owner: No, no, we don't have that one, funny!
Customer: "The Gospel According to Charley Drake"?
Owner: No, no, no, try me again!
Customer: Ah...oh, I know! "Ethel the Aardvark goes Quantity Surveying".
Owner: No, no, no, no, no,...What? WHAT??????
Customer: "Ethel the Aardvark goes Quantity Surveying".
Owner: "Ethel the Aar.." YES!!!YES!!! WE'VE GOT IT!! I-I've seen it somewhere!!! I know it!!! Hee hee hee hee hee!!! Ha ha hoo ho---WAIT!! WAIT!! Is it?? Is it??? YES!!!!!! Here we are, "Ethel the Aardvark goes Quantity Surveying"!!!!! There's your book!! Now, BUY IT!!!
Customer: I don't have enough money.
Owner: I'll take a deposit!
Customer: I don't have ANY money!
Owner: I'll take a check!!
Customer: I don't have a checkbook!
Owner: I'll take a blank one!!
Customer: I don't have a bank account!!
Owner: RIGHT!!!! I'll buy it FOR you! There we are, there's your change, there's some money for a taxi on the way home, there's your book, now, now..
Customer: Wait, wait, wait!
Owner: What? What?!? WHAT?!? WHAT???!!
Customer: I can't read!!!
Owner: You can' RIGHT!!! Sit down!! Sit!! Sit!! Sit down!! Are you sitting comfortably??? Right!!! "Ethel the Aardvark was hopping down the river valley one lovely morning..." (fade out)

Do Wot John

Do what John?
Do what John?
Come again do what?
Do what John?
Do what John?
Do what? Do what? Do what?
Do where John?
Do where John?
With what, with whom and when?
T'riffic, really t'riffic!
Pardon? Come again?

Do what John?
Do what John?
Come again do what?
Do what John?
Do what John?
Do what? Do what? Do what?
Do where John?
Do where John?
With what, with whom and when?
T'riffic, really t'riffic!
Pardon? Come again?

Rock Notes

Newscaster: Rex Stardust, lead electric triangle with Toad the Wet Sprocket has had to have an elbow removed following their recent successful worldwide tour of Finland. Flamboyant ambidextrous Rex apparently fell off the back of a motorcycle. "Fell off the back of a motorcyclist, most likely," quipped ace drummer Jumbo McCluney upon hearing of the accident. Plans are already afoot for a major tour of Iceland.

Divorced after only eight minutes, popular television singing star, Charisma, changed her mind on the way out of the registry office, when she realized she had married one of the Donkeys by mistake. The evening before in LA's glittering nightspot, the Abattoir, she had proposed to drummer Reg Abbot of Blind Drunk, after a whirlwind romance and a knee-trembler. But when the hangover lifted, it was Keith Sly of the Donkeys who was on her arm in the registry office. Keith, who was too ill to notice, remained unsteady during the short ceremony and when asked to exchange vows, began to recite names and addresses of people who also used the stuff. Charisma spotted the error as Keith was being carried into the wedding ambulance and became emotionally upset. However, the mistake was soon cleared up, and she stayed long enough to consummate their divorce.

Dead Monkeys are to split up again, according to their manager, Lefty Goldblatt. They've been in the business now ten years, nine as other groups. Originally the Dead Salmon, they became for a while, Trout. Then Fried Trout, then Poached Trout In A White Wine Sauce, and finally, Herring. Splitting up for nearly a month, the re-formed as Red Herring, which became Dead Herring for a while, and then Dead Loss, which reflected the current state of the group. Splitting up again to get their heads together, they reformed a fortnight later as Heads Together, a tight little name which lasted them through a difficult period when their drummer was suspected of suffering from death. It turned out to be only a rumor and they became Dead Together, then Dead Gear, which lead to Dead Donkeys, Lead Donkeys, and the inevitable split up. After nearly ten days, they reformed again as Sole Manier, then Dead Sole, Rock Cod, Turbot, Haddock, White Baith, the Places, Fish, Bream, Mackerel, Salmon, Poached Salmon, Poached Salmon In A White Wine Sauce, Salmon-monia, and Helen Shapiro. This last name, their favorite, had to be dropped following an injunction and they split up again. When they reformed after a recordbreaking two days, they ditched the fishy references and became Dead Monkeys, a name which they stuck with for the rest of their careers. Now, a fortnight later, they've finally split up.

  (telephone ringing)
Newscaster: Ah ahh, Hello.
Voice in phone: Hello.
Newscaster: Yes?
Voice in phone: What do you think of Dead Duck?
Newscaster: What do I think of Dead Duck?
Voice in phone: or Lobster?
Newscaster: Lobster?...

I'm So Worried

I'm so worried about what's happening today,
In the Middle East, you know.
And I'm so worried about the baggage retrieval
System they've got at Heathrow.

I'm so worried about the fashions today,
I don't think they're good for your feet.
And I'm so worried about the shows on TV
That sometimes they want to repeat.

I'm so worried about what's happening today,
You know.
And I'm so worried about the baggage retrieval
System they've got at Heathrow.

I'm so worried about my hair falling out,
And the state of the world today.
And I'm so worried about being so full of doubt
About everything anyway.

I'm so worried about modern technology,
I'm so worried about all the things
That they dump in the sea.
I'm so worried about it, worried about it,
Worried, worried, worried.

I'm so worried about everything that can go wrong.
I'm so worried about whether people like this song.
I'm so worried about this very next verse,
It isn't the best that I've got.
And I'm so worried about whether I should go on
Or whether I shouldn't just stop.

I'm worried about whether I ought to have stopped.
And I'm so worried because it's the sort of thing I ought to know.
And I'm so worried about the baggage retrieval
System they've got at Heathrow.

I'm so worried about whether I should have stopped then,
I'm so worried that I'm driving everyone round the bend.
And I'm worried about the baggage retrieval
System they've got at Heathrow.


Newscaster: And right now it's time for athletics, and over to Brian Goebells in Paris.
Goebells: Hello, well you join us here in Paris just a few minutes before the start of today's big event: the final of the Men's Being-Eaten- By-A-Crocodile event. I'm standing now by the crocodile pit where... AAAAAAHHHHH!
  (Crocodiles eating, French exclamations and sirens)
Newscaster: Ah. Well I'm afraid that we've lost Brian Goebells, so while they're sorting that out, we have a report from Barry Loothesom in Lughtborrow on the British preparations for this most important event.
Loothesom: Here at Lughtborrow are the five young men chosen last week to be eaten by a crocodile for Britain this summer. Obviously, the most important part of the event is the opening 60 yard sprint towards the crocs. And twenty-two year old Nottingham schoolteacher Gavin Watterlow is rated by some pundits not only the fastest but also the tastiest British morsel since Barry Gordon got a bronze at Helsinki. In charge of the team is Sergeant Major Harold Duke.
Duke: Aww, well, you not only got to get in that pit first, you gotta get EATEN first. When you land in front of your croc, and 'e opens his mouth, I wanna see you right in there. Rub your 'ead up against 'is taste buds. And when those teeth bite into your flesh, use the perches to thrust yourself DOWN his throat...
Loothesom: Duke's trained with every British team since 1928, and it's his blend of gymnastic knowhow, reptilian expertise and culinary skill that's turned many an un-appetizing novice into a crocodilic banquet.
Duke: Well, our chefs have been experimenting for many years to find a sauce most likely to tempt the crocodile. In the past, we've concentrated on a fish based [??] sauce, but this year, we are reverting to a simple bernaise.
Loothesom: The British team are worried because Olympic regulations allow only the competitor's heads to be sauced. Gavin Morolowe...
Morolowe: Yes, well, I mean, (clears throat) you know, four years ago, everyone knew the Italians were coating the insides of their legs with bolinaise, the Russians have been marinating themselves, One of the Germans, Biolek, was actually caught actually putting, uh, remoulade down his shorts. And the Finns were using tomato flavoured running shoes. Uh, I think there should either be unrestricted garnishing, or a single, Olympic standard mayonnaise.
Loothesom: Gavin, does it ever worry you that you're actually going to be chewed up by a bloody, great crocodile.
Morolowe: The only thing that worries me, Jim, is being the first one down that gully.
Loothesom: Well, the way things are going here at Lughtborrow, it looks as though Britain could easily pick up a place in the first seven hundred. But nothing's predictable in this tough, harsh, highly competitive world where today's champion is tomorrow's crocodile shit. And back to you, in the studio, Norman.

Linkman: Oh, err, thank you, Sheila.
Amm, well, er, what exiting activity there, a lot of people to death Lughtborrow.
I now I return you to Sumeria. 7 - 8 - 7.

French Taunter

Arthur: [horn] Hallo! [pause] Hallo!
French guard: Allo! Who is eet?
Arthur: It is King Arthur, and these are my Knights of the Round Table. Whose castle is this?
French guard: This is the castle of my master, Guy de Loimbard.
Arthur: Go and tell your master that we have been charged by God with a sacred quest. If he will give us food and shelter for the night, he can join us in our quest for the Holy Grail.
French guard: Well, I'll ask him, but I don't think he'll be very keen. Uh, he's already got one, you see.
Arthur: What?
Galahad: He says they've already got one!
Arthur: Are you sure he's got one?
French guard: Oh, yes. It's very nice-a. (I told him we already got one.)
French guards: [chuckling]
Arthur: Well, u-- um, can we come up and have a look?
French guard: Of course not! You are English types-a!
Arthur: Well, what are you, then?
French guard: I'm French! Why do think I have this outrageous accent, you silly king-a?!
Galahad: What are you doing in England?
French guard: Mind your own business!
Arthur: If you will not show us the Grail, we shall take your castle by force!
French guard: You don't frighten us, English pig-dogs! Go and boil your bottom, sons of a silly person. I blow my nose at you, so-called Arthur King, you and all your silly English k-nnnnniggets. Thpppppt! Thppt! Thppt!
Galahad: What a strange person.
Arthur: Now look here, my good man--
French guard: I don't wanna talk to you no more, you empty headed animal food trough wiper! I fart in your general direction! Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!
Galahad: Is there someone else up there we could talk to?
French guard: No. Now, go away, or I shall taunt you a second time-a! [trail-off]

Linkman: Ah, well, unfortunately our projector here at the BBC has broken down, and the other one is still in the shop, so while we get Sheila to nip round, to see if it is ready, here is a recording of a projector didn't break down.

Marilyn Monroe

Man: You crawl back. You always come back when you crawl, well this time you crawled too far.
Woman: Oh, Geoff, Geoff, why do you do it, you could have destroyed the tapes, and none of us left...
Interviewer: An excerpt from Carl French's latest film. Carl, we are all a little mystified by your claim that your new film stars Marilyn Monroe...
French: It does, yes.
Interviewer: ...who died over ten years ago.
French: That's correct.
Interviewer: Are you lying?
French: No, no, it's just that she is very much in the public eye, at the moment.
Interviewer: Does she have a big part?
French: She is the star of the film.
Interviewer: And dead.
French: Well, we...we dug her up, and gave her a screen test - a mere formality, in her case -
Interviewer: Can she still act?
French: Well, well, she..she still has this...this No.
Interviewer: a problem?
French: We did have to put her in the fridge between takes.
Interviewer: What sort of things does she do in the film?
French: Well, we...we had her lying on beds, lying on floors, falling out off cupboards, scaring the children...
Interviewer: But surely miss Monroe was cremated.
French: had to use a stand-in for some of the more visible shots.
Interviewer: Ah, another actress.
French: Dead actress. But Monroe was in shot the whole time.
Interviewer: How?
French: Oh, the ashtray, in the firegrate, in the vacuum cleaner...
Interviewer: So Marylin does not appear in the film?
French: Not as such.
Interviewer: Mr. French, you are one of the film worlds most arrogant queens, I mean not just homosexual or gay or anything. I mean you are a raving queen.
French: Well, yes.
Interviewer: I mean, a real screamer, a real "Whoops, get 'er, don't mind me, dear" limp-wristed caricature.
French: Is that not in order?
Interviewer: No, no that's fine, and I understand that you married the beautiful black heiress Hewena Tannoy, partly for the publicity, but mostly to cover up the fact that you prefer going out with little boys.
French: Look, really!
Interviewer: Carl, you are an efeminate little poof, a mincing gay-bar loiterer, a [vinnet?] covered walking perfume shop, an evil perverter of innocent little boys.
French: What? Really! Is this part of the interview?
Interviewer: No, no, I just wanted a few contacts.
French: Well, shouldn't we be talking about the film.
Interviewer: We have been off the air for ages, now where do you find them?
French: Look, I think we are still on the air.
Interviewer: Oh, sud the fucking air! I still just get locked up for that sort of thing.
French: What about the film?
Interviewer: Just a few addresses, please.
French: Look, we got James Dean in it, in a box.
Interviewer: I can tell you.....(fade)

Linkman: Oh, err, and Sheila has come back now with our projector from the shop, and some bacon, too. Thank you, Sheila. So now, back to our feature film, and, uh, some things for the week-end, thank you. Now back to our feature film, set in a Boeing 787. - A.D.

Swamp Castle

Father: One day, lad, all this will be yours!
Prince Herbert: What, the curtains?
Father: No. Not the curtains, lad. All that you can see, stretched out over the hills and valleys of this land! This'll be your kingdom, lad.
Herbert: But Mother--
Father: Father, lad. Father.
Herbert: B-- b-- but Father, I don't want any of that.
Father: Listen, lad. I built this kingdom up from nothing. When I started here, all there was was swamp. Other kings said I was daft to build a castle on a swamp, but I built it all the same, just to show 'em. It sank into the swamp. So, I built a second one. That sank into the swamp. So, I built a third one. That burned down, fell over, then sank into the swamp, but the fourth one... stayed up! And that's what you're gonna get, lad: the strongest castle in these islands.
Herbert: But I don't want any of that. I'd rather--
Father: Rather what?!
Herbert: I'd rather... [music] ...just... sing!
Father: Stop that! Stop that! You're not going into a song while I'm here. Now listen, lad. In twenty minutes, you're getting married to a girl whose father owns the biggest tracts of open land in Britain.
Herbert: B-- but I don't want land.
Father: Listen, Alice,--
Herbert: Herbert.
Father: 'Erbert. We live in a bloody swamp. We need all the land we can get.
Herbert: But-- but I don't like her.
Father: Don't like her?! What's wrong with her?! She's beautiful. She's rich. She's got huge... tracts o' land!
Herbert: I know, but I want the-- the girl that I marry to have... [music] ...a certain,... special... something!
Father: Cut that out! Cut that out! Look, you're marrying Princess Lucky, so you'd better get used to the idea! [smack] Guards! Make sure the Prince doesn't leave this room until I come and get him.
Guard #1: Not to leave the room even if you come and get him.
Guard #2: Hic!
Father: No, no. Until I come and get him.
Guard #1: Until you come and get him, we're not to enter the room.
Father: No, no. No. You stay in the room and make sure he doesn't leave.
Guard #1: And you'll come and get him.
Guard #2: Hic!
Father: Right.
Guard #1: We don't need to do anything apart from just stop him entering the room.
Father: No, no. Leaving the room.
Guard #1: Leaving the room. Yes. [sniff]
Father: All right?
Guard #1: Right.
Guard #2: Hic!
Father: Right.
Guard #1: Oh, if-- if-- if, uhh-- if-- if-- w-- ehh-- i-- if-- if we--
Father: Yes? What is it?
Guard #1: Oh, i-- if-- i-- oh--
Father: Look, it's quite simple.
Guard #1: Uh...
Father: You just stay here and make sure 'e doesn't leave the room. All right?
Guard #2: Hic!
Father: Right.
Guard #1: Oh, I remember. Uhh, can he leave the room with us?
Father: N-- no, no. No. You just keep him in here and make sure he--
Guard #1: Oh, yes. We'll keep him in here, obviously, but if he had to leave and we were with him--
Father: No, no, no, no. Just keep him in here--
Guard #1: Until you or anyone else--
Father: No, not anyone else. Just me.
Guard #1: Just you.
Guard #2: Hic!
Father: Get back.
Guard #1: Get back.
Father: All right?
Guard #1: Right. We'll stay here until you get back.
Guard #2: Hic!
Father: And, uh, make sure he doesn't leave.
Guard #1: What?
Father: Make sure 'e doesn't leave.
Guard #1: The Prince?
Father: Yes. Make sure 'e doesn't leave.
Guard #1: Oh, yes, of course.
Guard #2: Hic!
Guard #1: Ah. I thought you meant him. You know, it seemed a bit daft me havin' to guard him when he's a guard.
Father: Is that clear?
Guard #2: Hic!
Guard #1: Oh, quite clear. No problems.
Father: Right. Where are you going?
Guard #1: We're coming with you.


No, no. I want you to stay here and make sure 'e doesn't leave.
Guard #1: Oh, I see. Right.
Herbert: But Father!
Father: Shut your noise, you! And get that suit on! [music] And no singing!
Guard #2: Hic!
Father: Oh, go get a glass of water.

French Taunter Part 2

Arthur: The Castle Aaaagh. Our quest is at an end! God be praised! Almighty God, we thank Thee that Thou hast vouchsafed to us the most holy-- [twong] [baaaa] Jesus Christ!
French guard: Allo, dappy English k-niggets and Monsieur Arthur King, who has the brain of a duck, you know. So, we French fellows outwit you a second time!
Arthur: How dare you profane this place with your presence! I command you, in the name of the Knights of Camelot, to open the doors of this sacred castle, to which God Himself has guided us!
French guard: How you English say, 'I one more time, mac, unclog my nose in your direction', sons of a window-dresser! So, you think you could out-clever us French folk with your silly knees-bent running about advancing behavior?! I wave my private parts at your aunties, you cheesy lot of second hand electric donkey-bottom biters.
Arthur: In the name of the Lord, we demand entrance to this sacred castle!
French guard: No chance, English bed-wetting types. I burst my pimples at you and call your door-opening request a silly thing, you tiny-brained wipers of other people's bottoms!
Arthur: If you do not open this door, we shall take this castle by force! [splat] In the name of God and the glory of our-- [splat]
French guards: [laughing]
Arthur: Agh. Right! That settles it!
French guard: Yes, depart a lot at this time and cut the approaching any more, or we fire arrows at the tops of your heads and make castanets out of your testicles already! Ha ha haaa ha!
Arthur: Walk away. Just ignore them.
French guard: And now, remain gone, illegitimate-faced bugger-folk! And, if you think you got a nasty taunting this time, you ain't heard nothing yet, dappy English k-nnniggets! Thpppt!
French guards: [taunting]

Last Word

Linkman:Well, that's about it, really. The film ends mainly visually.

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