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The Scene set-up:
The Place:     A beach
The Time:      Break of day
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A Man is lying on the beach...
He is awakened by the sound of someone singing Under the Mango Tree.
He stands up to find out where the sound comes from, as the Man puts some tree branches out of the way he discovers somebody walking out of the water with a shell...
This quote is by Tom Sloane, Head of Light Entertainment BBC when he talked to Ian MacNaughton, one of the directors of Flying Circus, about the show.
The proposals of the names for the show:
Admiral Megapode's Flying Circus, The Aming Flying Circus, Arthur Buzzard's Flying Circus, Arthur Megapode's Cheap Show, Arthur Megapode's Flying Circus, Arthur Megapode's Zoo, The Atomic Zoo,
BB Circus, Baron Von Took's Flying Circus, Bill Mclean, Bob Python's Flying Circus, Brian Stalin's Flying Circus, Brian's Flying Circus, Bunn, Wacket, Buzzard, Stubble and Boot,
Charles Ind's Flying Circus, The Circus, The Comedy Zoo, Cynthia Fellatio's Flying Circus,
The Down Show,
E.L. Megapode's Flying Circus, E.L. Moist's Flying Circus, E.L. Thompson's Flying Circus, E.L. Trotsky's Flying Circus, E.L. Turbot's Flying Circus,
The '5' Show, Flems, The Fly Circus, The Flying Circus, The Full Moon Show,
Gwen, Gwen Dibley's Flying Circus,
A Horse, a spoon and a Basin, The Horrible Earnest Megapode, Human Circus,
It, It's, It's Not, It's Them, It's T.H.E.M.,
The Joke Zoo, Julian Davigdor Python,
The Keen Show, Keith Pyton, Ken,
The Laughing Zoo, Limb's Flying Circus,
Man's Crises of Identity in the Latter Half of the Twentieth Century, Megapode's Atomic Circus, Megapode's Cheap Show, Megapode's Flying Circus, Megapode's Panic Show, Myrtle Buzzard's Flying Circus,
Nigel's Flying Circus, Noris Heaven's Flying Circus, Norman Python's Flying Circus, The Nose Show,
O.1.2.3, Ow! It's Colin Plint!, Ow! It's Megapode's Flying Circus, Owl Stretching Time,
The Panic Show, The People Zoo, The Plastic Mac Show, The Plastic Mac Zoo, The Political Satire Show,
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Goes to the Bathroom, R. Moist's Flying Circus,
Sex and Violence, The Sparkling Music and Stars Interview, Stephen Furry's Flying Circus, Sydney Moist's Flying Circus,
Them, The 37 Foot Flying Circus, The Toad Elevating Moment, Tristam Python,
Vasaline Parade, Vasaline Review, The Venus De Milo Panic Show,
Whither Canada?, The Whizzo Easishow! (Guarenteed to last half an hour! Money back if not!), Will Strangler's Flying Circus,
The Year of the Stoat,
The Zoo Show.
The two named television series aren't the only one which have collaborations by Python members before there was even a Monty Python's Flying Circus, as this almost complete list shows:

John Cleese & Graham Chapman, together with Tim Brooke-Taylor and Marty Feldman wrote for At Last The 1948 Show, acted in it (and were sometimes joined by Eric Idle).
Terry Jones & Michael Palin wrote and performed in The Complete and Utter History of Britain, they also wrote and performed filmed inserts for Twice a Fortnight and appear in Hang Down Your Head and Die, The Late Show and were script editors for A Series of Birds, they also wrote songs for Barry Booth's album Diversions.
Eric Idle, Terry Jones & Michael Palin (and animator Terry Gilliam), together with Denise Coffey, David Jason, The Bonzo Dog Doo~Dah Band with material from Peter Goodwin Robert Hewison and Michael Rose worked on Do Not Adjust Your Set.
Both Graham Chapman and John Cleese wrote for The Doctor series and were part of Cambridge Circus.
The Frost Report had John Cleese as both performer and writer and Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, Michael Palin and Terry Jones as writers (together with a load of other people).
Graham Chapman, John Cleese & Michael Palin, together with Connie Booth, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Barry Cryer starred in How to Irritate People, written by Cleese and Chapman.
I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again had contributions from Graham Chapman, John Cleese & Eric Idle (and a load of others).
For Broaden Your Mind, Terry jones, Michael Palin and also John Cleese, Graham Chapman & Eric Idle contributed sketches.
Both Eric Idle and Terry Gilliam worked on We Have Ways of Making You Laugh.
Graham Chapman, Terry Jones and Michael Palin contributed to The Illustrated Weekly Hudd.
Michael Palin and Eric Idle appeared in Isadora: The Biggest Dancer in the World.
The Announcer, apparantly devised by John Cleese and Graham Chapman, delivered the line "And now for something completly different." in a variety of situations. He was usually behind a desk, wearing a dinner jacket, and would announce the phrase just prior to The "It's" Man and the opening titles in the second and the third series.

The famous line was first used in the series by Eric Idle in the second show of the first series introducing a man with three buttocks.
A series of short parts, mostly in the middle of a sketch, where somebody not or remotly connected to the sketch delivers a short line.
She also played Gorgeous Girl #2 in the Are You Being Served movie.
King Hakoon VII actually, the former prince Carl of Denmark, son of King Ferdinand VIII of Denmark, crowned in 1905 and reigned untill his death in 1957.
An oblong metal ring with one spring-hinged side that is used especially in mountain climbing as a connector and to hold a freely running rope (from the German Karabiner, short for Karabinerhaken).
Richard Baker is a BBC personality - he was a newsreader for 28 years, the host of Start the Week on Radio 4.
He spoke the first words of the BBC's first television news bulletin (News and Newsreel) on 5 July 1954, with the following announcement: "Here is an illustrated summary of the news. It will be followed by the latest film of events and happenings at home and abroad."

Richard Baker saying 'Lemon curry?'
Richard Baker as ... Richard Baker
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The Viking saying 'Lemon curry?'
Michael Palin as The Viking.
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The Looney saying 'Lemon curry?'
Graham Chapman as The Looney
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The It's Man saying 'Lemon curry?'
Michael Palin as The "It's..." Man
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Richard Baker saying 'Lemon curry?'
Richard Baker as ... Richard Baker
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Palinland was part of the celebration broadcast of the 30th anniversery of the show.
The Nude Organist excelled in playing a single chord on an organ wearing close to nothing.

The part was mostly played by Terry Jones, but also by Terry Gilliam; according to well-informed sources there will be information about this character online in the future
Monty Norman

Underneath de mango tree me honey and me
Come watch for de moon
Underneath de mango tree me honey and me
Make boolooloop soon.

Underneath de moonlit sky me honey and I
Come sit hand in hand
Underneath de moonlit sky me honey and I
Come make fairyland.

Mango, banana and tangerine,
Sugar and ackee and cocoa bean,
When we get marry we make them grow,
And nine little child in a row.
The group movies are:
  • And now for something completly different
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • Monty Python's Life Of Brian
  • Monty Python's The Meaning of Life
As the Python team loved playing with the format of a television show, the opening scene is not always at the beginning, hence the quotation marks around this term, and sometimes not shown at all.
Ben was probably a reference to Ben Gunn (the pirate from R.L. Stevenson's book Treasure island).
Always look on the bright side of life
(Eric Idle)

Some things in life are bad,
They can really make you mad,
Other things just make you swear and curse,
When you're chewing life's gristle,
Don't grumble,
Give a whistle
And this'll help things turn out for the best.

Always look on the bright side of life.
Always look on the light side of life.

If life seems jolly rotten,
There's something you've forgotten,
And that's to laugh and smile and dance and sing.
When you're feeling in the dumps,
Don't be silly chumps.
Just purse your lips and whistle.
That's the thing.

Always look on the bright side of life.
Always look on the right side of life,

For life is quite absurd
And death's the final word.
You must always face the curtain with a bow.
Forget about your sin.
Give the audience a grin.
Enjoy it. It's your last chance, anyhow.

Always look on the bright side of death,
Just before you draw your terminal breath.

Life's a piece of shit,
When you look at it.
Life's a laugh and death's a joke it's true.
You'll see it's all a show.
Keep 'em laughing as you go.
Just remember that the last laugh is on you.

Always look on the bright side of life.
Always look on the right side of life.

Always look on the bright side of life!...
The "It's" Man in a bikini
We do however have a sexy pic of The "It's" Man...
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In his book The Life Of Python, George Perry refers to this character as "The Hermit" and he even has a quote from Michael Palin doing the same.
I've found websites which do the same; I will continue to call him The "It's" Man, as that's not only his most used name, but also not to confuse him with the Hermits from the Hermits sketch in episode eight ("I mean there comes a time when you realize there's no good frittering your life away in idleness and trivial chit-chat. Where's your cave?"), or the Hermit in Life of Brian, (Also known as Simon The Holy Man: "Don't you 'shhhh' me. Eighteen years of total silence, and you 'shhhh' me!") or the hermit in the Holy Grail (also known as The Old Man from Scene Twenty-Four: "Heh, hee ha ha hee hee! Hee hee hee ha ha ha...").
-- the pic of the radio times --
...the Old Man of the Sea?
The creature from the Black Lagoon perhaps?
No, it's Michael Palin, ten years after stumbling on to our screens in the very first 'Monty Python's Flying Circus' in a large reunion
'The Pythons', Chapman, Cleese, Gilliam, Idle, Jones and Palin look back, forwards and sideways at themselves.
Wednesday BBC1.
Back feature : they think therefore they are
The "It's" Man's "lemon curry?" site is last updated on May 25th, 2007.