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CULTURE RE-VIEW: Monty Python’s final episode airs on the BBC

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December 5, 1973: The last episode of Monty Python airs on the BBC.

The beloved sketch series Monty Python’s Flying Circus aired its final episode on this day in 1973.

The groundbreaking, surreal and often satirical show ran for five years on the BBC and the last, 45th episode, included sketches such as ‘The Most Horrible Family in Britain’, ‘Patient Abuse’, ‘An Appeal on Behalf of extremely rich” and “The man who finishes other people’s sentences’.

Here’s a favorite:

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Legendary French singer Johnny Hallyday died in 2017.

origin 1Three actresses; three Broadway Annies played by Shelly Bruce, Andrea Mcardle and Sarah Jessica ParkerSUZANNE VLAMIS/AP1979

1979: Andrea McArdle, center, who was the original Annie on Broadway in 1977, Shelley Bruce, left, the second Annie, and Sarah Jessica Parker, the current Annie, posed on stage at the Alvin Theater in New York city. They were attending a Gold Record awards presentation from the original cast recording of the Broadway musical ‘Annie’.