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A Monty Python super fan has found love after setting up a website page to help devotees of the comedy to find romance.

Python fanatic and founder of the Pythonesque Dating Facebook page, John Wood, has found love with fellow fan Gemma Harris.

John, who had been single for five years, is the first to find love in the group, which has more than 100 members and aims to help fans “find each other, and so find love, intellectual fulfilment and everlasting happiness”.

John, 54, and Gemma, 30, are now planning a romantic trip to Paris to visit the locations where scenes from their favourite film Brazil, directed by Python animator Terry Gillian, were shot.

They also hope to visit Doune Castle in Scotland which featured in Monty Python and the Holy Grail and have already been to see the comedy group’s reunion shows at the O2 four times and Blythe Spirit in the West End featuring actor Simon Jones, who appeared in Monty Python’s Meaning Of Life. John, from Garden Wood Road, East Grinstead, was named Monty Python’s biggest fan in 2012 at the London Film Festival and was recently named among 101 of the world’s superachievers by a US academic. He said: “Python is my life and its Gemma’s life too.

“We went to some of the locations from the TV show and we went along a long road on a bus in London to a place where they shot the gas cooker sketch.

Somebody would only do that if they were a big Python fan.

“I set the site up because I really wanted to help others to find somebody, I didn’t expect to find someone for me.

“I have been asking ‘are we the first Python couple to come together with this group’, some of the others are a bit slower to speak to other members so I have to do a lot of encouraging.”

To join visit the Pythonesque Dating Facebook group.

Monty Python And The Holy Grail – 1975 (Full Movie) | HD

Monty Python And The Holy Grail – 1975 (Full Movie) | HD

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In 932 A.D., King Arthur and his squire, Patsy, travel throughout England searching for men to join the Knights of the Round Table. Arthur stops at a castle, where the guards ask how Arthur found the coconut halves Patsy uses to simulate the sound of horses galloping. Arthur leaves after his encounter becomes a discussion about African and European swallows. Arthur encounters the Black Knight, who will not let them pass. A sword fight ensues with Arthur gaining the upper hand, but the Black Knight continues fighting despite having his arms and legs severed. The battle is declared a draw.

The villagers of a small town come to Sir Bedevere the Wise claiming they have captured a witch. Bedevere puts the woman through a test, and she is revealed to be a witch because she weighs the same as a duck. Arthur knights Bedevere as a member of his Round Table, and is joined by Sir Lancelot the Brave, Sir Galahad the Pure, and Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-As-Sir-Lancelot. The knights reach Camelot, but following a song-and-dance cutaway, Arthur decides not to enter, because “’tis a silly place”. The group encounters God, who instructs them to seek the Holy Grail.

Their first stop is a French-controlled castle. One of the soldiers tells the knights that they have a grail, then taunts them with ridiculous insults. After a failed invasion of the castle with the French soldiers throwing animals at them, the knights try sneaking into the castle in a Trojan Rabbit, but forget to hide inside it. The rabbit is catapulted at them and crushes one of the knights’ servants. Arthur decides the group should split up to seek the grail. A modern-day historian, describing the Arthurian legends, is abruptly killed by a knight on horseback, triggering a police investigation.

The knights encounter various perils. Arthur and Bedevere attempt to satisfy the strange requests of the dreaded Knights who say Ni. Sir Robin avoids a fight with the Three-Headed Giant by running away while the heads are arguing. Sir Galahad is led by a grail-shaped beacon to Castle Anthrax, populated by women who wish to perform sexual favours for him, but to Galahad’s chagrin, he is rescued by Lancelot. Sir Lancelot finds a note tied to an arrow, and after reading it assaults a wedding party at Swamp Castle, believing them to be holding a lady against her will. He discovers that an effeminate prince sent the note.

The knights regroup and are joined by Sirs Gawain, Ector, and Bors, and a group of monks led by Brother Maynard. They encounter Tim the Enchanter, who points them to caves where the location of the grail is written. To enter the caves, the group must defeat the Rabbit of Caerbannog. After the rabbit kills Gawain, Ector and Bors during a failed attack, Brother Maynard provides the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch, which Arthur uses to kill the rabbit. The knights enter the cave and find an inscription written by Joseph of Arimathea, which states that the Grail can be found in the “Castle of Aaaaargh”. The group is attacked by the Legendary Black Beast of Aaaaarrrrrrggghhh, which devours Brother Maynard. Arthur and his knights escape when the beast’s animator suffers a heart attack.

The group travels to the Bridge of Death, where each knight must answer three questions from the bridge-keeper before proceeding. Lancelot easily answers his questions and crosses the bridge. Robin is confounded by difficult questions while Galahad gives a wrong answer to an easy question, and both are hurled into a chasm. Arthur answers the bridge-keeper’s question with another question, and the bridge-keeper is thrown into the chasm for not knowing the answer.

Lancelot is separated from Arthur and Bedevere, then arrested by the police investigating the historian’s murder. Arthur and Bedevere travel to the Castle Aaargh, which they find occupied by the French forces that drove them off earlier. The knights amass a large army and prepare to storm the castle, but just as they begin to charge, the modern police arrive. Arthur and Bedevere are arrested, and one of the officers covers the lens with his hand as the film breaks in the projector.

Censorship of the film ‘ Holy Grail ‘

Anita Singh, arts and entertainment editor
23 MARCH 2017 • 7:29PM

Think of a Monty Python film with blasphemous content, and Life of Brian springs to mind.

Yet previously unseen files from the British Board of Film Classification show that the comedy team’s earlier offering, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, fell foul of the censors for repeated use of the words ‘Jesus Christ!’

A scene in which King Arthur encounters a taunting Frenchman played by John Cleese – “I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster and your father smelled of elderberries” – is followed by the French catapulting cows over the ramparts at the king and his men.

The repetition of ‘Jesus Christ’ in the film seems to us unnecessary
Stephen Murphy, then BBFC secretary
In the version that appeared in cinemas on the film’s 1975 release, King Arthur yells: “Jesus Christ!” as a cow missed him by inches. But in the uncut original, he said it three times, and the BBFC was not impressed.

“We are less than enchanted by your funny Frenchman,” wrote Stephen Murphy, then BBFC secretary, in a letter to John Cleese.

“The repetition of ‘Jesus Christ’ in the film seems to us unnecessary. There is good evidence that this does distress people who would otherwise enjoy the film. Can you look not only in Reel 2 but in other places to see if you can reduce the incidence of this usage.”
The Holy Grail is considered a British classic – the Knights who say Ni, the killer bunny rabbit, and the riding of pretend horses (the BBC budget did not stretch to real ones) are all beloved by comedy fans.

But Mr Murphy wrote that the film has “one or two places where, in our view, the humour is not very effective”.

The letter also listed a number of scenes considered too gory.

The BBFC initially saw a script for the film and advised an ‘X’ certificate, as it was deemed to have crude sexual references and very strong language.

The script was duly toned down and submitted for classification in early 1975. At this point Mr Wright wrote his letter, which resulted in two incidences of ‘Jesus Christ’ being removed.

Under modern classifications, the film is a 12A with ‘moderate sex references’ and ‘comic violence’.

Michael Palin told his local paper, the Camden New Journal, that even the film’s investors thought it too violent. “Then, with an audience off the street, they howled with laughter – in fact, some people said there should have been even more violence included because it was so funny.”

Concern over The Holy Grail’s controversial content was played out behind the scenes. But when Life of Brian was released in 1979, it outraged the nation.

Thirty-nine local authorities either imposed an outright ban or an X-certificate. Cleese and Palin faced Malcolm Muggeridge and the Bishop of Southwark, Mervyn Stockwood, in a notorious television debate.

Cleese maintained that Life of Brian was questioning blind adherence to faith but was not a mockery of Christianity.

The final show.

By Ed Power11:45PM BST 20 Jul 2014
So this was it, the final performance by the most influential comedy troupe of all time. Forty-odd years since Monty Python’s Flying Circus revolutionized television humour and unleashed a legion of surreal catchphrases John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones and Michael Palin departed the stage at London’s O2 Arena to the strains of their darkly hilarious (or is it hilariously dark?) anthem Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life.
Watching the swan-song was a 15,000 live audience, with many more viewing via cinema simulcasts across the globe and on the digital television channel Gold (aka the station where it feels an Only Fools And Horses repeat is just an ad break away). The Python special had been heartily hyped by Gold, which went so far as to install a fifty foot-long expired tropical bird in central London, in reference to Python’s much loved Dead Parrot sketch.
Starting with a half hour behind-the-scenes broadcast presented by stand-up Dara Ó Briain, Gold’s coverage was brash and boisterous. Emanating turbo-charged avuncularity, O Briain chinwagged with actor Martin Freeman and comedian Eddie Izzard (he’d already seen the comeback six times). It was a nice appetizer though things got a bit farcical as comic after comic squeezed alongside Ó Briain, vying to sing their Python praises in the heaving VIP Lounge.
Such uncomplicated jollity was in contrast to the actual show, which was at moments deeply poignant. Comedy functions best pushing hard against sentimentality yet it was impossible not to experience a tingle of sadness knowing Python would never again tread the boards together (there was also the fact they are all in their 70s and visibly weighed down by the decades).

Is Monty Python the best Comedy Ever?

Monty Python the best comedy ever? About as funny as a dead parrot
By CHRISTOPHER HART

The dead parrot sketch. The Spanish Inquisition. The Lumberjack Song. Not to mention those silly walks. Does this sound like the pinnacle of comedy greatness to you?
Well, apparently Monty Python is the most influential British comedy series of all time, according to viewers of satellite channel UKTV Gold. Some 4,000 voters have decreed it. So are they mad? Or do they just have a wacky and lovably surreal sense of humour?

These respondents praised the show for “revolutionising TV comedy by incorporating animation and doing away with traditional techniques such as punchlines”.