Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Plaque of the Week No.15

And Now for Something Completely Different…

Commemorating: Monty Python
Street: Neal’s Yard
Postcode: WC2
Borough: Camden

It had to happen sometime: a plaque to someone who didn’t really exist. At least not as the "individual" who “lived here” – as per the plaque's claim. What the plaque does commemorate is the team behind the legendary TV comedy (and subsequent movies, stage shows and recordings) known as Monty Python’s Flying Circus – who recorded and edited their work in the studio that stood on this site in the 70s and 80s.

The vast majority of London plaques are dedicated to subjects no longer with us – we can only speculate that this rule is circumvented by the fact that founder-member Graham Chapman has gone the way of the famous Norwegian Blue parrot (see "The Parrot Sketch”). But then again, when did The Pythons ever obey rules?

This month sees the 40th anniversary of the first BBC TV broadcast of Monty Python’s Flying Circus.

You can see the plaque on the NEW London Walk entitled The Hidden West End – Gin City, the Seven Deadly Dials, the Slum of Slums – a walk that features more grotesque events and unusual characters than could people even 10 Terry Gilliam movies. The walk makes its debut on Sunday 3rd January at 2.30p.m. Meet at Tottenham Court Road Station (Exit 3).

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