Monty Python - THE PETITION


Monty Python - THE PETITION

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Monty Python has been available on DVD for some time, but some things are missing!

Please read the story, and sign the petition below:

http://www.petitiononline.com/topython/petition.html

Thank you!

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Why is Wee-Wee Wine Tasting not on the list???

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Because it probably doesn't even exist anymore. This is just the start! There may be even more things that we simply don't know about. Take for example the sketch recorded for Dutch television in 1971 - who had ever heard of that before it turned up?

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Because it probably doesn't even exist anymore.


Please don't say that. My older sister described it to me 20-25 years ago, and I swore that I would see it before I die. It HAS to still exist!

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That is what you said on youtube as well, but that is almost impossible. Even the pythons themselves say it was cut and replaced before transmission.

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Yeah and I said it on Facebook too, and probably some other forums. Is that a problem?

I have hope that it will turn up some day, because there are definitely people out there who have seen it. It was deleted at some point after it was broadcast, god only knows how many times. Somewhere out there is some freak who was video taping TV shows before VHS existed and is sitting on a copy. I have faith.

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The problem is that it's you against the rest of the world, that's all. There are early b/w film copies of the flying circus episodes. That is where the Satan animation comes from. If the wee wee wine tasting sketch was there, someone would have come forward by now.

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I know at least three people who remember seeing the sketch well enough to loosely recite the lines, and this was a long, long time ago. Long before any of this controversy about it being deleted was widely known. Any time someone mentioned liking Monty Python, I'd always ask if they'd ever seen the wine tasting sketch my sister had told me about. Eventually I found at least two people who basically said "Yeah, yeah, I remember that one. 'Excellent bouquet, bold flavor... is it Chateau le Blanc 1953?' 'No sir. It's pee-pee.'" What, did they dream it? Or were they part of some underground conspiracy to make me believe it existed?

For the record, I'm not trying to convince you that it exists or that I'm right. But IMO your "If it existed, someone would have come forward by now" attitude is simply pessimistic and defeatist.

Good day, have the last word.

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There are dozens of books on Monty Python, and there is the SOTCAA website. Granted, some of the books are lazy and copy information, but others were well-researched. That is where the other recovered sketches come from. But none of them have ever seen it. Can you be more precise? What country, when, and which channel?

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It would have been in the USA in the mid 70s (possibly into early 80s, I suppose) on PBS.

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That would be a likely place for it to turn up. However, the line you quote was not in the script for the sketch.
Mind you, in general, memory can be a tricky thing. Recollections can be altered on purpose or by accident. I read for example that Oliver Stone's movie JFK has sometimes been accused of altering what people (claim to) remember about Kennedy's murder. Who can honestly say he has never been found something to be different from how he remembered it with absolute certainty? I know I have.
The wine tasting sketch was mentioned in a Python documentary in 1989/1990. Perhaps the people you spoke to saw the interview and are now misremembering the story. Isn't that a possibility?

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However, the line you quote was not in the script for the sketch.


Naturally. They paraphrased it to me many years after they'd seen the sketch, and I'm paraphrasing them now.

The wine tasting sketch was mentioned in a Python documentary in 1989/1990. Perhaps the people you spoke to saw the interview and are now misremembering the story. Isn't that a possibility?


Possible, but doubtful. That would been relatively very recent to when these conversations took place, recent enough that it's hard for me to believe these people could have confused actually seeing the sketch with merely hearing about it in a documentary.

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