Police Raid is a sketch that appears in the fifth episode of 'Monty Python's Flying Circus, "Man's Crisis of Identity in the Latter Half of the 20th Century."


Two men (Eric Idle, uncredited actor) play chess until Police Constable Henry Thatcher interrupts to announce that he is raiding the establishment due to certain substances being in the vicinity. He plants a paper bag in the premises and one of the men examines it to find sandwiches, and Thatcher wonders what he gave the wife.

In response to the sketch, E.B. Debenham (Mrs) (Carol Cleveland) writes a letter in defence of her husband, who, like a lot of people his age, is fifty.

Brigadier Arthur Gormanstrop (Mrs) writes a response to the previous letter, offended, as he is nearly sixty.

Various people, including a pepperpot, are interviewed about satire.

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