While visiting the UK in the early 1970s, German entertainer and TV producer Alfred Biolek caught notice of the Pythons and, excited by their innovative and absurd sketches, he invited them to Germany in 1971 to write a special German episode of their Flying Circus show and to act in them. Despite mixed audience reception, a second episode was produced in 1972. Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus was produced by Biolek and translator Thomas Woitkewitsch in co-production with Westdeutscher Rundfunk.

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