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Timmy Williams Interview

The cast:

TIMMY
Eric Idle
NIGEL
Terry Jones
REPORTER
Graham Chapman
PETER
John Cleese
WAITER
Michael Palin

The sketch:

(Animation sketch leading to a booth in a quite expensive looking coffee shop, Italian style. Nigel is sitting there. Timmy William comes in. He has just the faintest passing resemblance to David Frost.)

Timmy: Nigel! Wonderful to see you, super, super, super. Am I a teeny bit late?

Nigel: A bit, an hour.

Timmy: Oh, super! Only Snowdon's been re-touching my profile and we can't upset the lovely Snowdon, can we?

Nigel: Gosh, no.

(A man passes.)

Timmy: (gets up and clasps his hands) ... David Bloggs ... the one and only ... super to see you. Who are you working for? Come and work for me, I'll call you tomorrow. (sits down) It's really lovely to have this little chat with you.

Nigel: Well, I...

Timmy: It is so nice to have this little talk about things. I heard a teeny rumorlette that you were married.

Nigel: Well, not quite, no. My wife's just died, actually.

Timmy: Oh dear. (sees another man passing) Brian! (extends his arm) We must get together again soon. See you. Bye. (to Nigel) Well, perhaps we could do a tribute to her on the show.

Nigel: Well, no. I...

Timmy: I'll get Peter, William, Arthur, Alex, Joan, Ted, Scott, Will, John and Ray to fix it up. It is so nice having this little chat.

Nigel: Well, actually Timmy, I'm glad to get you on your own...

(A reporter comes up to the table.)

Timmy: You don't mind if Peter just sits in, do you?

Nigel: Well, actually...

Timmy: Only he's doing an article on me for the 'Mail'. He's such a lovely person.

Reporter: Hello.

Timmy: Peter, this is one of the nicest people in the world, Nigel Watt. (Peter scribbles it down) W-A-double T. That's right, yes.

Nigel: Well, actually, Timmy, the thing is, it's a bit private.

(A writer comes to the table.)

Timmy: Oh, you don't mind if Peter just sits in, do you? Only Peter's writing a book on me. Peter, you know Tony from the 'Mail', don't you?

Peter: Yes, we met in the Turkish bath yesterday.

Timmy: Super, super. Did it come up well in the writing yesterday?

Peter: Great, great, great.

Timmy: You took out the tummy references? (makes fatness signs)

Peter: Yes, I did.

Timmy: Super, super, super. Just to fill you in, this is Nigel Watt and we are having a little heart-to-hem. H-E-A-R-T. Smashing. Do go on, Nigel.

(They both start writing.)

Nigel: Well, well, the thing is, Timmy, um er...

(Timmy is smiling and posing. Nigel stops and looks. There is a photographer, hovering.)

Timmy: Do carry on, it's the 'TV Times', only they syndicate these photographs to America. Would you mind if we just er... (grabs him by the hand and poses hearty friendship photo) Super, super. One over here, I think, Bob. A little smile, please, smashing, smashing. Feel free, Bob, to circulate, won't you. Do go on, this is most interesting.

Nigel: Well, the thing is, Timmy, I'm a bit embarrassed.

Waiter: (coming to table) Oh, Mr. Willimas, it's so nice to see you. Will you sign this for my little daughter, please?

Timmy: Hello, Mario. Super, wonderful. (signs) Just two lovely coffees, please. (Director comes in.)

Director: Sorry, sorry, Timmy. Can we just go from where Mario comes in, we're getting bad sound, OK?

Timmy: It's German television. Isn't it exciting, Nigel? They're doing a prize-winning documentary on me.

(We see a film camera and the whole crew gathered round.)

Clapper Boy: 'The Wonderful Mr. Williams', scene 239, take 2.

Director: Action!

Timmy: (taking the cue, switches) Mario, how super to see you. How are the lovely family? Please give your little daughter this. (hands him a five pound note) Thank you. And just two lovely coffees, please.

Mario: Yes, sir.

Timmy: (to Nigel) Such a lovely waiter. Now, go on please, this is most interesting.

Nigel: Well ... er... as I was saying, Timmy, my wife's gone... gone. (close-up on him) I've got three children and I'm at my wits' end. No job, no insurance, no money at all. I'm absolutely fiat broke, I just don't know where to turn. I... I'm absolutely at the end of my tether. You're my only chance. Can you help me, please, Timmy?

(He looks up, Timmy isn't there. Timmy comes bounding back.)

Timmy: Sorry, I was on the phone to America. It's been super having this lovely little chat. We must do this again more often. Er... will you get the toffees? I'm afraid I must dash, I'm an hour late for the Israeli Embassy. (there is a shot; Nigel slumps over the table, gun in his hand) Er... did you get that shot all right, sound?

Sound Man: (off screen) Yes, fine.

Timmy: It... it wasn't a bit too wicked, was it? I mean, it wasn't too cruel?

Tony and Peter: No, no, no. It was great.

Timmy: No, super... well, er... I think it shows I'm human, don't you?

Tony and Peter: Yes, great.

Timmy: Super, super. Well, the charabanc's here. Go on, everybody. Bye. (he waves)

(They all troop off after him. Theme music starts to come up, we pull back and see the camera set-up. Credits start to roll:)

Voice Over: Timmy Wilhams' Coffee Time' was brought to you live from Woppi's in Holborn.

(Credits continue to roll:)

THEME SCRIPT BY (enormous letters) TIMMY WILLIAMS
ENTIRELY WRITTEN BY (enormous letters) TIMMY WILLIAMS
ADDITIONAL MATERIAL BY: (these go straight through very fast)
PETER WRAY
LEN ASHLEY
GEOFFREY INGERSOLL
GEORGE HERBERT
HARRY LOWALL
RALPH EMERSON
HATTY STARR
FRANK PICKSLEY
JOHN STAMFORD
SHELLEY BUNHEUR
MALCOLM KERR
JAMES BEACH
ALAN BAILEY
BRIAN FELDMAN
STIRLING HARTLEY
ADRIAN BEAMISH
GUY WARING
MARK TOMKINS
SIDNEY SMITH
RICHARD HOVEY
EDMUND GOSSE
JONATHAN ASHMORE
BILL WRIGHT
ARTHUR FULLER
RICHARD SAVAGE
MICHAEL WHITEMORE
BUDGE RYAN
CEDRIC HAZLETT
TERRY JONES
MICHAEL PALIN
JOHN GAYNOR
GEORGE COLEMAN
SAMUEL SPURGEON
THOMAS MASSINGER
STEPHEN DAVIS
WALTER CHAPMAN
REGINALD MARWOOD
DAVID GOSCHEN
PETER SCHULMAN
DENNIS FRANKEL
DAVID ROBINSON
PAUL RAYMOND
JOHN WILLDER
JOHNNY LYNN
JOE SHAW
SIMON SMITH
Monty PYTHON
MICHAEL LAPIN
SYDNEY LOTTERBY
IAN MATHERSON
HUMPHREY BARCLAY
BURT ANCASTER
KIRK OUGLAS
KEN SMITH
GEOFFREY HUGHES
BRIAN FITZJONES
MICHAEL GOWERS
JOHN PENNYCATE
PETER BAKER
NEIL SHAND

(Fade out.)

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