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Do Not Adjust Your Set (Series 1 episode 4) PG rating

A previously unreleased and newly restored episode of the classic pre-Python comedy show, featuring some distinctly surreal sketches.

Children's 1968 21 mins

Director: Daphne Shadwell



Presented here thanks to our friends at Prix Jeunesse International, this episode – subsequently restored by Kaleidoscope and making its VOD debut here – reflects the team getting into its stride as writers and performers. Note the tightly written excellence of the ‘Travelling Kettle’ sketch, and, conversely, the increasingly sprawling, surreal scope of Captain Fantastic – seemingly growing stranger with each odd episode. Performing a spirited live vocal for ‘Ali Baba’s Camel’, Viv Stanshall makes it quite clear to the kiddies what kind of LSD he’s talking about, and Neil Innes steals a sketch as a spinsterish pianist struggling with her spectacles.