A Poet in Every Home

Monty Python’s Flying Circus: Episode 17

Mrs Potter ‘Ere, there’s Alfred Lord Tennyson in the bathroom.
Mr Potter Well, at least the poet’s been installed, then.
Cut to an officious-looking man in Gas Board type uniform and peaked cap.CAPTION: ‘SALES MANAGER EAST MIDLANDS POET BOARD’
Sales Manager Yes, a poet is essential for complete home comfort, and all-year round reliability at low cost. We in the East Midlands Poet Board hope to have a poet in every home by the end of next year.
ANIMATION: an advertisement.
Voices (singing) Poets are both clean and warm
And most are far above the norm
Whether here, or on the roam
Have a poet in every home.
Cut to middle-class hall. The front doorbell rings. Housewife opens door to Gas Board type inspector with bicycle clips, rubber mac and cap and notebook. In the background we can hear muffled Wordsworth.
Voice I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high…
Inspector Morning, madam, I’ve come to read your poet.
She Oh yes, he’s in the cupboard under the stairs.
Inspector What is it, a Swinburne? Shelley?
She No, it’s a Wordsworth.
Inspector Oh, bloody daffodils.

Thanks to Ib Rasmussen for the script excerpt.

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