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“A Book at Bedtime” parodies the long running BBC Radio 4 show of the same name, where stories are serialised and read, usually by well-known personalities.
In this sketch, Jeremy Toogood (Michael Palin) struggles to read “Redgauntlet” by Sir Walter Scott and so is joined by a Second Reader (John Cleese) who takes the book from him and continues to read it aloud. He also struggles with several of the words in the book so a Third Reader (Eric Idle) steps in to, enthusiastically, continue the reading but he also struggles with some of the words. The three are joined by a technician (Graham Chapman) followed by another technician and a make-up girl who all help with various words in the book. Two further crew join (Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam), followed by more crew who all puzzle through the novel together. Even with thirteen people trying to decipher them, words and phrases in the book continue to be mispronounced, until finally Jeremy Toogood, proudly reads out “The End”.
“A Book at Bedtime” premiered on 11 January 1973 in Series 3, Episode 12 of “Monty Python’s Flying Circus”.
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