With Denise Coffey, Eric Idle, David Jason, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band • 1967
Written by and starring the future members of Monty Python, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, and Eric Idle, DO NOT ADJUST YOUR SET was broadcast on British TV in 1967, envisaged as a children’s show. But this madcap, early-evening comedy sketch show quickly acquired a cult following with Swinging Sixties adults, who rushed home from work to see it.
DO NOT ADJUST YOUR SET also provided an early showcase for the hilarious animations of a fourth future Python Terry Gilliam, as well as the exceedingly bizarre musical antics of the legendary Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band.
This compilation includes the festive-themed Pilot episode (which was mistakenly broadcast in January after a tape mixup!) and the first, second and fourth (the third is lost) episodes of the first series. David Jason's Captain Fantastic character makes his debut - the most famous recurring sketch from the show - plus we first meet Michael Palin’s prototype unhelpful shop assistant (a distinct precursor of some Python characters of world renown).
Together with AT LAST THE 1948 SHOW, this is the second of the innovative and influential TV series that shook-up British popular culture and spawned the phenomenon that premiered the following year, MONTY PYTHON’S FLYING CIRCUS.