Cara from the "Legend of the Seeker" discovers that them Mord-Sith and their poking sticks ain't welcome in these here parts.
"Just for Laughs" is a Canadian television programme where practical jokes are played on unsuspecting members of the public.
In this episode, passers by are invited to pose in a pillory for a photograph. Once they are secured in the pillory, the photographer
produces a custard pie. There are some amusing reactions when the victims realise that they are about to receive a custard pie rather than
the promised photograph. Unfortunately there is a further twist when, at the last moment, the photographer is pied by his assistant
leaving the victim unscathed.
From a swords and sorcery TV series called "The Outpost", starring Jessica Green. Here we see our heroine trapped in a hybrid pillory/guillotine.
These pictures are from "Breaker High". There's something
very satisfying about a pilloried brat.
In the film "Mad Wolf", an innocent maiden in the American colonies is locked in a pillory and
cruelly mistreated by evil British redcoats. No anti-English bias at all then. I'm sure it will receive
the Mel Gibson seal of approval.
After a mishap in a time machine, Emma Peel of “The Avengers” experiences the
delights of 16th century hospitality.
A TV comedy called "The Last Man on Earth". A virus has wiped out most of world's population,
leaving just a few survivors. In this post-apocalyptic scenario, law and order is maintained by traditional methods.
In the 2004 film version of "Around the World in 80 Days", our intrepid adventurers find
themselves in bamboo stocks cages. I don't remember Jules Verne writing about that.
Jennifer O'Dell visits “The Lost World” and finds that Camelot is not quite as chivalrous as she imagined.
In "Jessie", Emma and Luke get into trouble at a renaissance faire.
Another inane Disney-type offering, this time "Bella and the Bulldogs". Bella is put in a pillory
in a late 19th century western town. This programme should really sack its historical adviser.
A BBC children's TV programme called Mud; much less sanitised than American children's television. The picture quality
isn't great, but these are the best currently available.
In “Starlet” a wayward puritan wench is pilloried for picking her nose in church. She also gets fifty lashes for her atrocious acting. Not nearly enough in my opinion.
A 1913 silent comedy, called "Milling the Militants". At the height of suffragetism, a henpecked husband dreams of how he would deal with militant women if he were Prime Minister. The vidcaps are poor quality I'm afraid, reflecting the age of the film.
In "Against the Wind", Mary Mulvane realises too late why her passage to Australia seemed so inexpensive.
In “Xena, Warrior Princess” (episode "The Path not Chosen"), Gaby discovers the punishment for wooden acting is particularly apt.
Here's Gaby again (episode "Purity"), trying to get into Joxer's trousers with her foot. Don't ask!
Not to be outdone by her sidekick, Xena tries out the cangue (episode "The Debt").
You can find out more about the cangue and other wooden
restraints at this historical site.
Trapped in a turkish bath....which looks suspiciously like Xena's cangue.
Joxer's in trouble again (episode "Kindred Spirits"). This time he's yoked alongside an amazon. A very short amazon. Surprised they let her join up.
These are from an episode of “Hercules”, excruciatingly
entitled “Norse by Norse Vest”. A Viking cutie decides to visit the local hairdresser for a short back and sides.
Caroline Munro getting her just desserts for dancing on a
Sunday, from the film “Captain Kronos, Vampire Hunter”. Alas,
Kronos disapproves of that excellent law and releases Caroline
with one stroke of his trusty sword.
“Damn hair! Wish I’d had a nice trim like blondie up there”
“Hello, big boy. Watch what you’re doing with that sword!”
“Free at last! Fancy a dance on the village green?”
“I suppose a neck rub is out of the question?”|
Some explanation might be needed for those unfamiliar with the British TV show called "Shooting Stars".
Here we see a celebrity contestant paying a forfeit. Once she is secured and helpless, she is informed
that she is to be molested by a small hippo. That's right, a hippo. The hippo is paraded before her and
then (out of her sight) led off stage. One of the hosts then crawls under the stocks and (pretending to
be the hippo) proceeds to molest the victim. To the delight of the audience who (unlike the victim) is
aware of the substitution. Fun for all the family.
Another outbreak of hippo molestation. Its based on an old English game, except they no longer use the
traditional starving rats. Somehow its not as much fun without the rats.
The French can be just as mad as the English. "Intervilles" is a TV quiz show with an unusual format. The contestants
are dressed as medieval peasants, locked in a yoke, then are asked questions....while goats lick their feet. Naturellement.
A history programme for children (shown on Swedish television in 2018) in which the presenter, Arantxa Àlvarez, ends
up in the pillory being pelted with vegetables.
The "Greedy Goat Game". More caprine fun, this time on a South American television programme. At one point, the TV host decides to join
the goats in licking the victim's feet.
An Italian TV show called "Ciao Darwin". If, like me, you tuned in expecting a learned debate on evolution, you are in for a surprise. This is probably regarded as family viewing by the somewhat relaxed standards of Italian television.
In the US version of "The Mole", Wendi is obliged to wander around a Spanish town all day while locked in a yoke and shackles.
In this week's episode of Office Monkey, Tracy was found to have scoffed all the choccy biscuits.
Management have taken decisive action to prevent a recurrence of this atrocity.
An episode of Zorro called "Newcomers". Visitors to the town are treated to a welcoming ceremony.
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