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The Secret Policeman's Ball is the collective name for a series of Charity is a term in Christian theology (one of the three virtues), meaning loving kindness towards others; it is held to be the ultimate perfection of the human spirit, because it is said to both glorify and reflect the nature of God. In its most extreme form charity can be... fund raising performances featuring big-name A comedian (also comedienne, female) is a person who attempts to make people laugh through a variety of methods, normally through joke telling. However, other comedians rely on methods such as slapstick (for example, Laurel and Hardy), or prop comedy to get the desired humourous effect. Typically, a comedian stands... comedians and A musician is a person who plays or composes music. Musicians can be classified by how they make music: A singer (also called a vocalist) uses his or her voice. An instrumentalist plays a musical instrument. Composers and songwriters make up music and write it down. A conductor coordinates a... musicians and other For the 1998 movie, see Celebrity (1998 movie). A celebrity is a person who is widely recognized in a society. Fame is prerequisite for celebrity status, but not always sufficient. For example, high-profile television, some have had to become de facto celebrities. Todays celebrities are largely figures from... celebrities, held at various London — containing the City of London — is the capital of the United Kingdom and of England and a major world city. With over seven million inhabitants (Londoners) in Greater London area, it is amongst the most densely populated areas in Western Europe. Founded as Londinium, the capital of... London venues, and once at a This article is about the English city. For others, see Nottingham (disambiguation). Nottingham is a city located in the East Midlands of England. Nottingham lies on the River Trent, which flows from Stoke-on-Trent to the Humber—the only major English river to flow north. Nottinghams boundaries... Nottingham See TV (disambiguation) for other uses and Television (band) for the rock band Family watching television in the 1950s. Television is a telecommunication system for broadcasting and receiving moving pictures and sound over a distance. The term has come to refer to all the aspects of television programming and transmission... television studio, to raise money for (and awareness of) Amnesty International (or AI) is an international non-governmental organization whose stated purpose is to promote all the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international standards. In particular, Amnesty International campaigns to free all prisoners of conscience; ensure fair and prompt trials for political... Amnesty International.

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Amongst the contributions were comedic performances by The Monty Python troupe in 1970. From left to right: Terry Jones, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, and Michael Palin. Monty Python, or The Pythons, were the creators and stars of Monty Pythons Flying Circus, a British television comedy series which first aired on October 5... Monty Python team of Chapman in one of his calmer moments Graham Arthur Chapman (January 8, 1941 – October 4, 1989) was a British comedian and writer. He was one of the six Monty Python members and lead actor in their two narrative films (King Arthur in Monty Python and the Holy Grail and... Graham Chapman, John Cleese As Q in Die Another Day. John Marwood Cleese (born October 27, 1939 in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England) is a British comedian and actor best known for being one of the members of the comedy group Monty Python and for playing Basil Fawlty in the sitcom Fawlty... John Cleese, Terry Gilliam Terence Vance Gilliam (born November 22, 1940 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA) is a film director. Terry Gilliam started off as an American animator and strip cartoonist; one of his early photographic strips featured John Cleese. Moving to England, he animated features for Do Not Adjust Your Set and... Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle as Stan/Loretta in the Monty Python film Life of Brian Eric Idle (b. March 29, 1943, South Shields, County Durham, England) is a comedian, sketch writer, and actor as well as an author and accomplished guitarist and songwriter. He is perhaps best known as a member of... Eric Idle, Terry Jones Terence Graham Parry Jones (born February 1, 1942) is a British comedian and writer. Jones was born in Colwyn Bay, Wales, and attended the Royal Grammar School in Guildford, where he was head boy; he graduated from St. Edmund Hall, Oxford. He appeared on At Last the 1948... Terry Jones, and Michael Palin as Pilate in Monty Pythons Life of Brian Michael Edward Palin (born May 5, 1943) is a British comedian who was born in Sheffield, Yorkshire. He is famous for being a member of Monty Pythons Flying Circus in which he generally played roles that called for... Michael Palin, three quarters of the Beyond The Fringe was a British comedy show written and performed by Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Alan Bennett and Jonathan Miller. It played in Britains West End and in New Yorks Broadway in the early 1960s. The show was created by John Basset an associate producer for the... Beyond the Fringe team: This article is about the British comedian Peter Cook, for the architect, see Peter Cook (architect) Peter Cook, one of the most influential British comedians. Peter Edward Cook (November 17, 1937 - January 9, 1995) was a British satirist, writer and comedian who is widely regarded as the father of the... Peter Cook, Dr Jonathan Wolfe Miller (born 21 July 1934) is a physician, theater and opera director and television presenter. Life and career Miller grew up in Hampstead in a well connected Jewish family - his father Emanuel (1892-1970) was a psychiatrist specialising in child development and his mother Betty (born Spiro... Jonathan Miller and Alan Bennett (born May 9, 1934) is an English writer and actor. Born in Leeds Bennett was schooled at Russian at the Joint Services School for Linguists during his National Service, and gained a first-class degree in history from Exeter College, Oxford. In August 1960, Bennett, along with Dudley... Alan Bennett ( Dudley Moore (April 19, 1935 – March 27, 2002), was a British actor and comedian who was enormously popular in his home country for many years but relatively unknown in the USA until he made the film 10 with Bo Derek. He came from a working-class background in Dagenham... Dudley Moore was persuaded to feature in 1989's The Secret Policeman's Biggest Ball only), Rowan Atkinson as Edmund Blackadder. Rowan Sebastian Atkinson (born January 6, 1955 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England) is a British comedian and actor. He toured with a one-man show, with Angus Deayton as the straight man. The one-man show was filmed for television, and is still popular on... Rowan Atkinson (including a debut as a sarcastic headmaster reading a register of ridiculous names), William Billy Connolly, (born November 24, 1942) is a comedian, musician and actor. Background Billy Connolly was born in Glasgow, Scotland to Mary and William Connolly, the son of an Irish immigrant. Connolly was brought up in the Anderston and later, Partick districts of Glasgow and attended Saint Gerards Secondary... Billy Connolly, Stephen Fry on the cover of his autobiography Stephen John Fry (born 24 August, 1957) is a British comedian, author, actor, and director. He is the son of Alan and Marianne Fry. He was educated at Stouts Hill, Uppingham and Queens College, Cambridge. He lives in Norfolk, London, and... Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie as Lieutenant George in Blackadder Goes Forth. Hugh Laurie (born June 11, 1959) is a British comedian, actor, and author best known for his television work, especially his double act with Stephen Fry. He was born and raised in Oxford, where he attended the Dragon School (a famous... Hugh Laurie, Eleanor Bron (born 14 March 1934) is a British actress, from Stanmore, London. Her notable film appearances include a role in the Beatles film, Help! and in Peter Cook and Dudley Moores film Bedazzled. On television, she has played the character of Patsys (Joanna Lumley) mother in the... Eleanor Bron, Connie Booth as Polly from Fawlty Towers. Connie Booth (1944-) is an American writer and actress best known for her appearances on British television, especially her work with her ex-husband, John Cleese. Booth was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, and made her first appearance on British television in 1968... Connie Booth, Alexei David Sayle is a British comedian, actor and ex-Communist. He was born in Anfield, Liverpool, England on August 7, 1952. He was a central part of the alternative comedy circuit in the early Eighties. Overview He has starred in many TV series and films, including The Comic Strip... Alexei Sayle, Victoria Wood (born May 19, 1953) is a British comedienne, actress, singer and writer. She has written and starred in sketches, plays and sitcoms, and her live stand-up comedy act is interspersed with songs of her own composition, which she accompanies on piano. Wood was born in Ramsbottom, Greater... Victoria Wood, Ruby Wax (born April 19, 1953) is an American female comedienne who made a career in the United Kingdom as part of the alternative comedy scene in the 1980s. Originally she had been a straight actress, working at the Royal Shakespeare Company alongside Juliet Stevenson. Her popularity in terms of... Ruby Wax, Dawn French (born October 11, 1957) is a British comedienne probably best known as one half of the comic duo French & Saunders. French first came to public attention as a member of The Comic Strip -- part of the alternative comedy scene in the early 1980s. Here she met her... Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders (born July 6, 1958 in Sleaford, Lincolnshire) is a British comedienne, actress and comedy writer. She is most widely known for playing Edina Monsoon in the British sitcom Absolutely Fabulous and as the voice of Fairy Godmother in the film Shrek 2. Saunders attended the Central School of... Jennifer Saunders, Lenny Henry (born Lenny Hinton on August 29, 1958 in Dudley, West Midlands) is a British entertainer. His earliest TV appearances were on the New Faces TV talent show in the 1970s where he was a repeat winner. His formative years were in working mens clubs where his unique... Lenny Henry, and musical performances from Robert Frederick Zenon Bob Geldof, KBE (born October 5, 1951 in Dun Laoghaire, near Dublin) is an Irish singer, songwriter and humanitarian. In his 1986 Belgium at the start of the twentieth century. Early career Geldof first came to fame in the mid-1970s as leader of the Boomtown Rats... Bob Geldof, This article is about John Williams, the noted classical guitarist. For other people with the same name, see John Williams. John Christopher Williams (born 24 April 1941) is one of the worlds best-known classical guitarists. He was born in Melbourne in Australia and was taught initially by his... John Williams, Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend (born May 19, 1945 in Ealing, London) is a rock guitarist and songwriter best known for his work with The Who. Biography Born into a musical family (his father was a professional saxophonist and his mother a singer), Pete Townshend exhibited a fascination with music at... Pete Townshend, Joan Armatrading (born in the West Indies December 9, 1950) and raised in Birmingham, England is a singer, songwriter and guitarist. Armatrading has mixed eclectic musical styles over decades of recording and performing. She has scored several UK hit singles, the biggest of which were Love & Affecton, Me Myself... Joan Armatrading and Sting circa 1987 Gordon Matthew Sumner, CBE (born October 2, 1951), best known by his stage name Sting, is an English musician and formerly bassist and lead singer of The Police. Biography Sumner was born in Newcastle, England to Audrey and Ernie, a milkman. From an early age, he knew... Sting (including a solo performance of Message In A Bottle) —though the two types of performance were not always distinguishable!


  • A Poke in the Eye with a Sharp Stick (filmed as Pleasure At Her Majesty's) (Her Majesty's Theatre, London — containing the City of London — is the capital of the United Kingdom and of England and a major world city. With over seven million inhabitants (Londoners) in Greater London area, it is amongst the most densely populated areas in Western Europe. Founded as Londinium, the capital of... London, April 1 is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 274 days remaining. Events 527 - Byzantine Emperor Justin I names his nephew Justinian I as co-ruler and successor to the throne. 1318 - Berwick-upon-Tweed is captured by the Scottish from... April 1- April 3 is the 93rd day of the year (94th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 272 days remaining. Events 33 - Crucifixion of Jesus (traditional date) 1559 - The treaty, Peace of Cateau-Cambrésis, is signed, ending the Italian Wars. 1860 - The first successful Pony Express run... 3, 1976 is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). Events January-February January 12 - UN Security Council votes 11-1 to admit the Palestinian Liberation Organization January 15 - Would-be Gerald Ford presidential assassin Sara Jane Moore is sentenced to life in prison January 16... 1976)
  • An Evening Without Sir Bernard Miles (videotaped as The Mermaid Frolics) (The Mermaid Theatre, London, May 8 is the 128th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (129th in leap years). There are 237 days remaining. Events 1450 - Jack Cades Rebellion: Kentishmen revolt against King Henry VI. 1541 - Hernando de Soto reaches the Mississippi River naming it Río de Espí... May 8, For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). Events January-February January 1 - First woman Episcopal priest ordained. January 6 - EMI sacks the Sex Pistols January 18 - Scientists identify a previously unknown bacterium as the cause of the mysterious legionnaires disease January 18 - Australia experiences its worst railway disaster... 1977)
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  • The Secret Policeman's Other Ball ( Numerous theatres, especially in the UK, have been named Theatre Royal; the name was once an indication that the theatre had a Royal Patent without which theatrical performances were illegal. They include: Theatre Royal, Dublin Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London Theatre Royal, Covent Garden in London, now the Royal... Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London September 9 is the 252nd day of the year (253rd in leap years). There are 113 days remaining. Events 1000 - Battle of Swold 1379 - Treaty of Neuberg, splitting the Austrian Habsburg lands between the Habsburg Dukes Albert III and Leopold III 1513 - In the Battle of Flodden Field James IV... September 9- September 12 is the 255th day of the year (256th in leap years). There are 110 days remaining. Events 490 BC - Athens defeats Persia at the Battle of Marathon 1213 - Peter II of Aragon, the king of Aragon, died at the Battle of Muret. 1609 - Henry Hudson discovers the Hudson... 12, 1981 is a common year starting on Thursday. Events January-February January - Sarawak Chamber found January 1 - Greece enters the EEC January 1 - Palau becomes self-governing January 4 - Sheffield police arrests Peter Sutcliffe, the Yorkshire Ripper January 10 Townsville International Airport opens (aus) January 16 - Protestant gunmen shoot and... 1981)
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All of these performances were filmed or videotaped and subsequently released to cinema or video. More recently they have been available, together with a compilation of musical items from the various shows, on a set of region zero (international) DVD is an optical disc storage media format that is used for playback of movies with high video and sound quality and for storing data. DVDs are similar in appearance to compact discs. Two DVDs with different bottom sides. DVD pick-up head and drive. History During the early 1990s... DVDs entitled The Secret Policeman's Ball: The Complete Edition.



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