Batley Townswomen's Guild Presents the Battle of Pearl Harbour is a sketch that appears in "The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Goes to the Bathroom," the eleventh episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus. It also appears in And Now for Something Completely Different.

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Professor R.J. Canning introduces the reenactment of The Battle of Pearl Harbour by the Batley Townswomen's Guild.

It cuts to a group of women (played by all six Pythons) standing in a muddy field. Rita Fairbanks (Eric Idle), the organiser, explains their previous performance of Camp on Blood Island and their reenactment of Nazi war atrocities, and that they want to do something 'in al lighter vein' this time.

Miss Fairbanks blows her whistle to commence the reenactment, and the other five wrestle each other to the ground, hitting each other with handbags and violently pulling each other into the mud.

Professor Canning apologises for getting annoyed at being interrupted earlier in the program. It cuts to the undertakers' funeral, with the vicar getting mud thrown in his face after he throws the handful of earth into the grave, interrupting his litany. He then pulls out a gun, shoots them four times, and proceeds with the litany like nothing just happened. Four undertakers get into a hearse and drive off happily.

Back to Professor Canning, who says "if it happened again, I'd get very angry" before being interrupted by the "It's" man.

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