The Original Sketch
Rutland Weekend Television was a sketch programme, but
as with Monty Python's Flying Circus, the sketches were
usually linked together, so that the entire episode flowed smoothly
from one idea to the next. The Rutles segment begins as a documentary
on hospitals, in which love is looked upon as an illness to be treated.
The narrator of the documentary introduces a character who suffers
from love songs (played by Neil Innes), whom we see in a dressing gown,
walking the grounds of a hospital, as he sings the opening lines of
the song "I Must Be In Love." Suddenly, we cut to a black and white
film of the Rutles performing the song, in the style of the movie "A
Hard Day's Night." The sketch ends with the camera running away from
the narrator and going off to the seaside.
Hear the entire Rutland Weekend Television sketch that introduced
The Rutles, in RealAudio.
(Click here to find out how you
can listen to the RealAudio files on this site.)
For first-hand information about the origin of the sketch, and how it
spawned the Rutles, please see the interview with Eric Idle in the
Odd Bits page of this site, and read
Eric Idle's memoir on PythOnline about creating The Rutles.
For information about the entire Rutland Weekend Television series,
check out the RWT Episode Guide.