Series 4, Episode 43: Jockey Interviews
BRIAN MCTHIGHBONEEric Idle
FIRST JOCKEYMichael Palin
SECOND JOCKEYGraham Chapman
The sketch:Cut to Epsom racecourse, and a presenter, Brian MacThighbone, up against
the paddock rail.
CAPTION: Live from Epsom
Brian Good afternoon. Well in fact there’s still a few minutes to go before the
main race onthe card this afternoon – the Queen Victoria Handicap. So let’s
have a quick word with the winner of the last race, one of the season’s top
jockeys – Ronnie Mau-Mau. (a jockey’s cap comes into shot, which is all we
ever see of him) Good afternoon, Ronnie.
First Jockey Good afternoon, Brian.
Brian (pointing his stick-mike down) A very fine ride there, Ronnie.
First Jockey Well, a fine horse, Brian. You know you can’t go wrong.
Brian Do you fancy your chances for the Derby?
First Jockey (vigorously nodding) Oh very definitely, very definitely, indeed,
Brian Well, let’s just see if a colleague of yours agrees with that. Let’s just
have a quick word with Desmond Willet. Afternoon Des.
Another different silk hat comes into the bottom of frame. Again all we
see is the jockey’s cap.
Second Jockey (Irish accent) Afternoon, Brian. (he shakes his head) No
chance, no chance at all.
First Jockey (nodding vigorously) No, no I think you’re wrong there, Des, with
the right kind of going, he’s going to be in there at the finish, Des.
Second Jockey (shaking vigorously) No chance, there’s no chance.
Brian Well in fact I can see last season’s top jockey, Johnny Knowles. (two
caps move over) Good afternoon, Johnny.
Pause. Not even a cap is seen.
Third Jockey (faintly) Hello, Brian.
Brian Er, could we have a box for Johnny, please. (a cap comes into
sight) Thank you.
Third Jockey Hello, Brian
Brian That’s better. Well there you are. Three very well known faces from the
racing world. Thanks very much for coming along this afternoon, lads.
Second Jockey and
Third Jockey Not at all. (vigorous nodding of caps)
Brian And best wishes for the Derby.
Second Jockey and
Third Jockey Ah, thank you Brian, thanks very much. (they leave nodding)
Brian Well in fact I hear they’re ready for us now at the start of the main race this afternoon. So let’s go right away and join Peter at the start.