So that’s the first time I met Terry. That would have been summer of ‘63. He was quite a charismatic character really. He was small and dark, and he had quite a striking face, someone you noticed. To start with I thought of him as a slightly intense, thespian sort of character - be wary. But of course as soon as I met him and started talking to him I realised that Terry was very funny and friendly and generally easy to get along with… we became very strong friends. There was definitely an original talent there - I wasn’t sure what it was… Terry seemed to have his own integrity and his own little world which he carried around with him and there was no one really quite like him.
- Michael Palin

April 30th,1974, first day of filming on Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Tuesday, April 30, Ballachulish

First day of filming. Woken at 6:45. Sunshine streaming through the curtains. Into chain mail and red-cross tabard. A difficult day today - the Bridge of Death scene where Eric and I die and Lancelot is arrested by the police. Dangerous too - from what I hear. Difficult decision over Galahad’s blond wig. Instead of noble and youthful, I look like I should be serving in a supermarket. End of Galahad as a blond.

…Camera broke midway through first shot.

- Michael Palin’s Diaries:1969-1979