|Life of Brian: the aqueduct (Monty Python)|
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Monty Python (sometimes known as The Pythons) were a British comedy group that created the influential Monty Python's Flying Circus, a British television comedy sketch show that first aired on the BBC on 5 October 1969. Forty-five episodes were made over four series.
The Python phenomenon developed from the television series into something larger in scope and impact, spawning touring stage shows, films, numerous albums, several books and a stage musical as well as launching the members to individual stardom. The group's influence on comedy has been compared to The Beatles' influence on music.
- We're getting in through the underground heating system here, up through into the main audience chamber here, and Pilate's wife's bedroom is here. Having grabbed his wife, we inform Pilate that she's in our custody, and forthwith issue our demands.
- Any questions?
- What exactly are the demands?
- We're giving Pilate two days to dismantle the entire apparatus of the Roman imperialist state and if he doesn't agree immediately, we execute her.
- Cut her head off?
- Cut all her bits off. Send them back on the hour, every hour. Show them we're not to be trifled with.
- And of course, we point out that they bear full responsibility when we chop her up, and that we shall not submit to blackmail.
- No blackmail!
- They've bled us white, the bastards. They've taken everything we had. And not just from us! From our fathers and from our fathers' fathers.
- And from our fathers' fathers' fathers.
- And from our fathers' fathers' fathers' fathers.
- All right, don't labour the point.
- And what have they ever given us in return?
- The aqueduct?
- The aqueduct.
- Oh. Yeah, they did give us that. That's true, yeah.
- And the sanitation.
- Oh, yeah, the sanitation, Reg. Remember what the city used to be like?
- I'll grant you the aqueduct and sanitation, the two things the Romans have done.
- And the roads.
- Yeah, obviously the roads. I mean the roads go without saying, don't they? But apart from the sanitaion, the aqueduct and the roads...
- Yeah, yeah, all right, fair enough.
- And the wine.
- That's something we'd really miss, Reg, if the Romans left.
- Public baths.
- And it's safe to walk in the streets at night now.
- They certainly know how to keep order. Let's face it, they're the only ones who could in a place like this.
- All right, but apart from sanitation, medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh-water system and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?
- Brought peace?
- Oh, peace. Shut up!