The Montgolfier brothers prepare for the first balloon flight.


Ian MacNaughton





Episode credited cast:
Graham Chapman ... Butler / Voice Over #1 / Sir Charles Dividends / King George III / Ferdinand von Zeppelin / Various
Eric Idle ... Jacques Montgolfier / Lord Interest / George III's Reader / Norwegian / Mr. Hollweg / Various
Terry Jones ... Joseph Montgolfier / Lord North / Barry Zeppelin / Mr. Tirpitz / Mrs. Helmut / Various
Michael Palin ... Plumber / Louis XIV / Voice Over #2 / Presenter / Mr. Von Bulow / Helmut / Voice Over #2 / Various
Terry Gilliam ... Dr. Hamer / Various
Carol Cleveland ... Antoinette / Various
Peter Brett Peter Brett ... Mr. Bartlett
Frank Lester Frank Lester ... Second Duke
Bob Raymond Bob Raymond ... First Duke (as Bob E. Raymond)
Stenson Falke Stenson Falke ... Plumber at Montgolfier Estate
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Monty Python Monty Python ... Themselves


The Montgolfier brothers prepare for the first balloon flight.

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First episode not to feature John Cleese, who chose not to return for the fourth and final series. Several episodes this season do, however, give him a writing credit as they use material he worked on before leaving the group. See more »


Joseph-Michel Montgolfier states that Louis XIV of France died in 1717. In reality, Louis XIV of France died in 1715. See more »


Jacques Montgolfier: Let me put my tongue in your mouth.
Antoinette: What do you mean?
Jacques Montgolfier: We're supposed to be French, aren't we?
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George III
Written by Neil Innes
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Sad start for season four
13 December 2020 | by LCShackleySee all my reviews

One of the worst episodes of the first three seasons was "The Cycling Tour," a dud primarily written by Palin & Jones. It was an episode-long story which fell flat, and lacked the zaniness of the usual MPFC show. So why, WHY would they make the same mistake again with this boring story about the Montgolfier brothers?

First, the show is obviously missing the presence of John Cleese, and without him, there is no Cleese/Chapman material in the show. Second, the Pythons rely on what would later be an SNL staple: repeating the same jokes until they become tiresome. There are a couple of moments which provoke a chuckle, but that's about it. What appears to be the only Eric Idle script is one of his typical droning monlogues, this time in faux-Norwegian, which also has about one laugh in three minutes. Terry Gilliam is also woefully underused.

One bright spot is the arrival of Bonzo Dog Band's Neil Innes, with whom the boys had worked on a previous show. His only contribution here is a girl-group song about George III, but he would return in later episodes...culminating in his appearance as Sir Robin's Minstrel in "Holy Grail."

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