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The Holy Grail of Python’s 20 most hilarious sketches, celebrating their 40th anniversary. This Anniversary Special marks the day that Monty Python made its sparkling debut on television when the very first episode of Monty Python’s Flying Circus was aired on the BBC on 5 October 1969. The irresistible Oxbridge partnership of John Cleese , Eric Idle , Graham Chapman , Michael Palin and Terry Jones , mixed with the dazzlingly surreal artworks of American Terry Gilliam , celebrates four decades and 45 episodes of risqué silliness. The comedy of Monty Python was streaks ahead of its time. Famous for its innovation and radical splendor, Python sketches broke the mould of building to a specific punchline, delivering some of the funniest and most enduring sketches of our lifetime. In honour of 40 phenomenal years of comedy, we take a look at the 20 greatest Python sketches ever.