In The Tobacconist’s Sketch, Eric Idle, as the Bailiff, is cross-examining Michael Palin, as the Publisher :
*Bailiff: You live at 46 Horton Terrace?
Publisher: I do live at 46 Horton terrace.
Bailiff: You are the director of a publishing company?
Publisher: I am the director of a publishing company.
Bailiff: Your company publishes phrase books?
Publisher: My company does publish phrase books.
Bailiff: You did say 46 Horton Terrace, did you?
Bailiff: (strikes a gong) Ah! Got him! (lawyer and cop applaud, laugh) *
I’ve never understood what the point was of getting Palin to admit he’d said his address and then the banging of the gong. There’s hysterical laughter laughter from the audience and I don’t know why.
Is this some reference to a British game show? Would somebody please explain?