Eurogamer meets Monty Python

Terries Jones and Gilliam talk games.

Usually when we interview celebrities about videogames, they claim to like them. Gemma Atkinson told us she enjoys playing while on the toilet, for example, while Konnie Huq declared herself to be a fan of SimAnimals.

So it made a nice change to interview Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam - two famous people happy to say they couldn't give a toss, are only in it for the money and don't even really understand how the whole thing works.

They're hawking new Facebook games portal The Ministry of Silly Games. Free to access and due to launch next year, it'll feature a host of games based on classic Monty Python nonsense.

These include Camelot Smashalot and Gumby Flower Arranging - direct descendants, ahem, of Angry Birds and Bejeweled. Other offerings include Space Invaders-style shooter Gillaxian, puzzler Aerial Antics and self-explanatory Twit Roulette.

So what else can we expect from the Ministry? Why did the Terries get involved? Whose idea was it for David Bowie to wear those grey tights in Labyrinth? In this video, the Terries answer all these questions and more. We've also included a transcript of the interview for people at work, as the video does contain shrieking.

Eurogamer: Thank very much for meeting me today. Thank you also, I should say, as you're actually responsible for my entire existence.

Terry Jones: My God! You don't mean... No no no no no no no!

Terry Gilliam: I never touched your mother! It was him!

Terry Jones: I deny it, I deny it!

Eurogamer: I've actually come here for a DNA test... No. My Mum and Dad's first date consisted of my Dad, who'd only met my Mum in passing, knocking on my Mum's door and saying, "My telly's broken. I can't watch Monty Python. Can I come in and watch it on your telly?" 33 years later, here we are. So thanks for that.

Terry Gilliam: We apologise. Are you happy with your life?

Eurogamer: Well, you have also ruined it, because my Dad has been doing your catchphrases for 33 years. So when he produces this year's Christmas whoopie cushion and says, 'Breaks the ice at parties,' do you have a message I could give to him that will make him shut up?

Terry Jones: [Blows raspberry]


Eurogamer: Thank you very much. Obviously you're not here to talk about me, unfortunately, we're here to talk about your new Facebook game...

Terry Jones: Ellie, we would like to talk about you, as much as possible.

Terry Gilliam: Because we've been in the virtual world far too long. We want to get back to real people, flesh and blood.

Eurogamer: Maybe later, but first... How excited are you about this Facebook game?

Terry Gilliam: [Begins panting]

Terry Jones: Breathless. We're breathless with excitement.

Terry Gilliam: [Begins barking]

Terry Jones: So excited.

Terry Gilliam: Yeah.

Eurogamer: I can tell. Are you both on Facebook already, or have you really no idea what's going on?

Terry Jones: No, I've no idea about Facebook actually.

Terry Gilliam: We're very lonely old men.

Terry Jones: People say, 'Will you agree to be a friend?' or something like that, and I always do accept.

Terry Gilliam: Do you?

Terry Jones: Yes. But I never do anything with it, I never chase them up or anything like that.

Terry Gilliam: We believe in anti-social networks. That's what we're fighting for these days. A chance to be alone. Now that's the thing - can you be alone on Facebook?

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Ellie Gibson

Ellie Gibson


Ellie spent nearly a decade working at Eurogamer, specialising in hard-hitting executive interviews and nob jokes. These days she does a comedy show and podcast. She pops back now and again to write the odd article and steal our biscuits.


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