'Every sperm is sacred': Terry Jones' favourite Monty Python sketches
40 years of Monty Python
Sunday 18 October 2009
The Galaxy Song
Idle cheerily contemplates Man’s place in the universe, leading to the classic summation: “And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space/Cause there's bugger all down here on Earth.”
A short ‘un but a ‘brilliant un, featuring Palin, Cleese, two tiny pilchards and one giant halibut.
Ranking among cinema’s most grotesque moments is this Meaning of Life sketch starring Jones as a gargantuan gourmand who meets an explosive end.
Every Sperm is Sacred
Another Meaning of Life highlight in which Catholic attitudes to “sinful” masturbation are satirised via a brilliantly choreographed, Oliver!-esque singalong.
Tchaikovsky's first Piano Concerto No 1
Sviatoslav Richter playing Tchaikovsky's first Piano Concerto while escaping from six padlocks chains and a sack. Never has the Russian composer come in for such expressive interpretation…
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