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Encyclopedia > The Spanish Inquisition (Monty Python)
"Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!"
"Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!"

"The Spanish Inquisition" was a series of Monty Python sketches, parodying the Spanish Inquisition. The principal catchphrase in these sketches was "Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!" Image File history File links Spanish_Inquisition_(Monty_Python). ... Image File history File links Spanish_Inquisition_(Monty_Python). ... This article is about one of the historical Inquisitions. ... Monty Python, or The Pythons, is the collective name of the creators of Monty Pythons Flying Circus, a British television comedy sketch show that first aired on the BBC on 5 October 1969. ... Sketch Show redirects here. ... In contemporary usage, a parody (or lampoon) is a work that imitates another work in order to ridicule, ironically comment on, or poke some affectionate fun at the work itself, the subject of the work, the author or fictional voice of the parody, or another subject. ... This article is about one of the historical Inquisitions. ... A catch phrase is a phrase or expression that is popularized, usually through repeated use, by a real person or fictional character. ...


Plot synopsis

This was a recurring sketch always predicated on an unrelated sketch in which one character, expressing irritation at being questioned by another, would announce "I didn't expect the Spanish Inquisition!" At this point the Inquisition—consisting of Cardinals Ximénez (Michael Palin), Biggles (Terry Jones), and Fang (Terry Gilliam)—would burst into the room at the sound of a jarring chord. Ximénez would shout, with a particular and high-pitched emphasis on the first syllable, "Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!" For other uses, see Cardinal (disambiguation). ... Cisneros (sitting) directs the construction of the Hospital of the Charity. ... Michael Edward Palin, CBE (born 5 May 1943) is an English comedian, actor, writer and television presenter best known for being one of the members of the comedy group Monty Python and for his travel documentaries. ... The dust jacket of an early 1970s edition of Johns Biggles, Pioneer Air Fighter James Bigglesworth, better known in flying circles as Biggles, is a fictional pilot and adventurer created by W. E. Johns. ... Terence Graham Parry Jones (born in Colwyn Bay, Wales, on February 1, 1942) is a British comedian, screenwriter and actor, film director, childrens author, popular historian, political commentator and TV documentary host. ... Terrence Vance Gilliam (born November 22, 1940) is an American-born British filmmaker, animator, and member of the Monty Python comedy troupe. ...

"Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!" Image File history File links The_Spanish_Inquisition. ...

Set-up, cue, and entrance of the Inquisition

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After entering, the Inquisition frequently got bogged down in recitations of their weapons ("Amongst our weaponry are such diverse elements as fear, surprise, ruthless efficiency, an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope, and nice red uniforms!"). Ximénez would state the number of weapons they had ("Our two/three/four weapons are..."), then list one more than he had counted, then start again using a higher number. After several attempts, Ximénez would state, "I'll come in again...", and herd The Inquisition back off the set. The straight man would then deliver the cue line again, the Inquisition would burst back in (complete with jarring chord), and the introduction tried again. This was repeated two or three times before Ximénez gave up and moved on. Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Wycliffe Tyndale · Luther · Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Pope · Archbishop of Canterbury Patriarch of Constantinople Christianity Portal This box:      The Pope (from Latin... This article is about the comedy duo. ... A theatrical cue is the trigger for an action to be carried out at a specific time. ...


Ximénez repeatedly ran into the problem of not being able to reliably torture anyone. When he called for "the rack," Cardinal Biggles produced a dish-drying rack. When poking the victim with soft cushions produced no confession, Ximénez would inquire whether his assistants had gotten all the stuffing together into one end of the cushions, for supposed maximum effectiveness. Failing that, forcing the victim to sit in the comfy chair was tried. For other uses, see Torture (disambiguation). ... A torture rack in the Tower of London The rack is a term for certain physical punishment devices. ...


In Monty Python's Flying Circus, Series 2 Episode 2 (itself entitled "The Spanish Inquisition"), the Inquisition makes several "unexpected" appearances. At the very end of the show, in "Court Charades", they are caught by surprise when a defendant (who is also a judge from another court) in session at the Old Bailey says "I didn't expect a kind of Spanish Inquisition". The whole court rises and looks expectantly at the witness entrance door (obviously expecting the Spanish Inquisition). As the closing credits roll the Inquisitors race to the Old Bailey by bus, to the tune of Devil's Gallop, only to arrive just as the words "THE END" appear. Ximénez has just enough time to say "Nobody expects the Spa...oh, bugger!" before the episode ends. "Bugger" was a strong word for a BBC comedy show at the time, and some BBC regions omitted it from the broadcast. This article is about the television series. ... List of all 45 episodes from the television series Monty Pythons Flying Circus: // (episode 1; aired October 5, 1969; recorded September 7, 1969) Its Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Italian Lesson Whizzo Butter Its the Arts Arthur Two Sheds Jackson Picasso/Cycling Race The Funniest Joke in the World... A defendant or defender is any party who is required to answer the complaint of a plaintiff or pursuer in a civil lawsuit before a court, or any party who has been formally charged or accused of violating a criminal statute. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Old Bailey. ... Devils Gallop is the memorable theme tune to the radio serial Dick Barton, and was composed by Charles Williams. ... Bugger is an expletive used in vernacular British English, South African English, Australian English, New Zealand English and Sri Lankan English. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ...


References in other works

  • The popular "Life of Python" sketch, featured in the BBC comedy program, Not The Nine O'Clock News, included a line in which the director of the film General Synod's Life of Christ, in response to a question of how he expected the public to react to his film, exclaims "Well, I certainly didn't expect (slight pause) the Spanish Inquisition".
  • In Batman Family #3 a fictional crossover occurred with the Monty Python Inquisition. Robin barrages Batgirl with questions, causing her to reply with "Hey, slow down, I didn't expect the Spanish Inquisition!" The next panel features the Spanish Inquisition arriving on horseback. This unlikely event was actually worked in as a part of the overall plot. [1]
  • In versions of the Mac OS X operating system prior to Mac OS X 10.5, the file /System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.3/lib/python2.3/test/audiotest.au is a recording of Ximénez' catchphrase.[2]

Mystery Science Theater 3000, often abbreviated MST3K, is an American cult television comedy series created by Joel Hodgson and produced by Best Brains, Inc. ... Crow T. Robot Crow T. Robot is a fictional character from the American science fiction comedy television series Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K). ... Sliding Doors is a 1998 film written and directed by former actor Peter Howitt. ... John David Hannah (born April 23, 1962) is a Scottish film and television actor. ... Gwyneth Kate Paltrow (born September 27, 1972[1]) is an Academy Award-winning American actress and singer. ... The 1991 reissue of Always Look on the Bright Side of Life Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life is a popular song written by Eric Idle which originally featured in the 1979 film Monty Pythons Life of Brian and has gone on to become a common singalong... Not the Nine OClock News is a comedy television programme that was shown on the BBC, broadcast from 1979 to 1982. ... The General Synod is the title of the governing body of some church organizations. ... Cover to Batman Allies: Secret Files & Origins 2005. ... It has been suggested that Gaming crossovers be merged into this article or section. ... Robin is a fictional character, a superhero in the DC Comics universe. ... Batgirl is a DC Comics superhero. ... Mac OS X (pronounced ) is a line of graphical operating systems developed, marketed, and sold by Apple Inc. ...

References

  1. ^ http://www.comictreadmill.com/CTMBlogarchives/2004/2004_Individual/2004_05/000416.php
  2. ^ http://feeds.tuaw.com/~r/weblogsinc/tuaw/~3/107539955/

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The Spanish Inquisition (Monty Python) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (946 words)
Nobody in their right mind could have expected this form of Spanish Inquisition, where the Inquisitors use such torture methods as poking the accused with soft cushions and forcible seating in a comfy chair to force a heretic (an elderly housewife) to recant.
In the original Monty Python's Flying Circus TV episode (episode 15), the Spanish Inquisition makes several "unexpected" appearances, until at the very end of the show they are caught by surprise when a barrister in a court session at the Old Bailey says "I didn't expect a kind of Spanish Inquisition".
The popular "Life of Python" sketch, featured in the BBC comedy program, Not The Nine O'Clock News, included a line in which 'General Synod' exclaims, in response to a question of how he expected the public to react to his film "Well, I certainly didn't expect (slight pause) the Spanish Inquisition".
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