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…
Words by Hugh Montgomery