Series 3, Episode 38: Party Political Broadcast (choreographed)
VOICE OVER Eric Idle
POLITICIAN John Cleese
CHOREOGRAPHER Eric Idle
CAPTION: ‘A PARTY POLITICAL BROADCAST ON BEHALF OF THE CONSERVATIVE AND UNIONIST PARTY’
Voice Over: There now follows a Party Political Broadcast on behalf of the Conservative and Unionist Party.
(Cut to a politician sitting on a chair. He is in fact in a rehearsal room, but we don’t see this for the first six lines.)
Politician: Good evening. Figures talk. We have already fulfilled over three of our election pledges before the end of our second year of good Conservative rule. And, what is more
(gets up and starts to do dancing movements as he speaks) We hope … that in the aut-tumn we shall int-ro-duce leg-is-lat-tion in the House to bene-fit all those in low-er in-come groups. And fur-ther-more we hope…
(Enter a choreographer.)
Choreographer: No, no, no, no… look, luv, it’s and…
(does the movements) one and two and three and four, and five and six and seven and down.
Politician: (trying the last bit) … five and six and seven and down… it’s so much harder with the words.
Choreographer: Well, don’t think of them. Just count four in your head.
Politician: And … one and fur-ther two and three and … no, I can’t really…
Choreographer: Yes, well come on and do it with me, come on. And …
Both: Fur-ther-more we hope that we can stop the ris-ing un-em-ploy-ment.
(they finish up with finger on chin, as in a thirties musical)
Choreographer: And point ‘unemployment’ with your finger.
Politician: I see. I can do it when you’re here.
Choreographer: I won’t be far away. All right, Neville love, we’re going from ‘unemployment’ through ‘pensions’ into ‘good government is strong government’ and the walk down, all fight? And … cue, love.
Politician: And fur-ther-more we hope that we can stop the ris-ing un-em-ploy-ment at a stroke or e-ven quick-er.
(Enter a line of six male dancers, doing high kicks and a dance routine.)
Dancers: And so when you get a chance to vote,
Kind-ly vote Con-ser-va-tive.
(the politician joins in)
Rising prices, unemployment,
Both stem from the wages spiral
Curb inflation, save the nation,
Join us now and save the economy.
(They give an awful wave and cheesecake smile at the end, and hold it.)
Choreographer: That’s where you’ll get the bunting and the ticker tape, Chris. Right, big smiles, everybody, remember you’re cabinet ministers. And relax.
(only now do they stop smiling and waving) Lovely, it’s trans at eight, so nobody be late.
(The camera crabs away. Through an open door it passes we see two Labour MPs, one on points, the other walking around with his hands on his hips. They are in leotards and dancers’ leg warmers.)
Labour MPs: We in the Lab-our Par-ty have al-ways made our po-si-tion quite clear·.. we have al-ways been op-posed to…
(The camera continues to crab away. It coma to a door which says ‘Star’ on it. We zoom into this and mix through to:)
ANIMATION: Wilson and Heath dance to ‘The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy ‘.