Holy Flying Circus a 'Life of Brian' docu-comedy-drama

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Holy Flying Circus a 'Life of Brian' docu-comedy-drama

Post by aZerogodist » Sun Aug 14, 2011 8:30 pm

Monty Python's Life of Brian recreated for BBC comic dramaThe story behind the making of the film and the religious storm it caused are the subject of Holy Flying Circus
http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2011/aug ... -brian-bbc
The new drama centres on a notorious television confrontation that took place on 9 November 1979 between two of the Pythons, Cleese and Palin, and the Roman Catholic writer and broadcaster Malcolm Muggeridge, who believed that Life of Brian was a weak and scurrilous attack on Christianity. At Muggeridge's side for the debate on the BBC2 show Friday Night, Saturday Morning was the Bishop of Southwark, Mervyn Stockwood
Something to look forward to, BBC4 will be showing it in the autumn.
I've seen the orginal clips on Youtube of the famous debate, which are well worth seeing.
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Post by DaithiDublin » Mon Aug 15, 2011 10:17 am

Oh, brilliant!

And lets not forget Not The Nine O'Clock News' excellent send-up of that TV debate: Life of Christ, where they say that the Jesus Christ character is obviously based on our Lord John Cleese. Even the initials are the same! :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asUyK6JWt9U
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Re: Holy Flying Circus a 'Life of Brian' docu-comedy-drama

Post by aZerogodist » Wed Oct 19, 2011 11:23 pm

Wish I seen this earlier, that famous TV dedate was just on BBC4
Friday Night - Saturday MorningWednesday
19 October
10:30pm - 11:35pm
BBC4
A 1979 TV debate about the controversy surrounding Monty Python's Life of Brian, which saw John Cleese and Michael Palin defend the film against accusations of blasphemy made by Mervyn Stockwood, the then-Bishop of Southwark, and author and satirist Malcolm Muggeridge. The programme is presented by Tim Rice and features music by Paul Jones and the Blues Band.
Hope they repeat it
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Post by aZerogodist » Wed Oct 19, 2011 11:34 pm

The reason they showed the debate is because; It's on tonight:

Holy Flying Circus Thursday 20 October 2:25am - 3:55am BBC4
Holy Flying Circus Thursday 20 October 11:30pm - 1:00am BBC4

Best night to watch would be Saturday :)
Saturday 22 October
Monty Python's Life of Brian 9:00pm - 10:30pm BBC4
Holy Flying Circus 10:30pm -12:00am BBC4
Holy Flying Circus
You can guess where writer Tony Roche (The Thick of It, Fresh Meat) throws the TV Biographical Drama Rule Book, can't you? Yes, right through an open window, because Holy Flying Circus, about the furore of moral panic and hypocrisy that greeted the 1979 cinema release of Monty Python's Life of Brian, usurps every bio-pic trope and convention. Thus Holy Flying Circus is littered with dream sequences and wanders off down some fantastical little byways (a bit too often, if truth be told) as we build up to the infamous ambush, on the live TV chat show Friday Night Saturday Morning, of John Cleese and Michael Palin by an epically supercilious Bishop of Southwark and religious commentator Malcolm Muggeridge. (Watch the real thing at 10.30pm, it's astonishing.) Roy Marsden is majestically effete and patronising as the bishop, Mervyn Stockwood, but the film belongs to Charles Edwards, who just IS Michael Palin, and Darren Boyd as John Cleese. Oh, and Stephen Fry plays God. Of course. The whole thing is a mad mash-up of self-reference, cross-dressing, ribaldry and nonsense. I loved it.
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Cast
John Cleese - Darren Boyd
Michael Palin - Charles Edwards
Graham Chapman - Tom Fisher
Terry Jones - Rufus Jones
Terry Gilliam - Phil Nichol
Eric Idle/Disciple/Rabbi - Steve Punt
Barry Atkins - Simon Greenall
US news reporter/BBFC rep - Robin Sebastian
Nun/Montage woman - Belinda Wilson-Stewart
Black Panther/Montage man - Micah Balfour
Harry Balls/News vendor - Paul Chahidi
Prod person/Sam Lowry - Ian Bonar
PA to Head of Rude Words - Selina Griffiths
Alan Dick/Desmond Lovely - Jason Thorpe
Dog walker/Petitioner - Geoff McGivern
Andrew Thorogood - Mark Heap
BBC Head of Rude Words - Alex MacQueen
Gareth Nice/Angry viewer - David Birrell
Bernard Barnard QC - Rupert Vansittart
Richard Klein - Martin Marquez
Malcolm Muggeridge - Michael Cochrane
BBC Head of Firing/Cabbie - Kim Wall
Mervyn Stockwood - Roy Marsden
Archbishop of York - James Laurenson
Tim Rice - Tom Price
God - Stephen Fry
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Post by Dr Raskolnikov » Wed Oct 19, 2011 11:54 pm

I've just seen it. Finally someone else has spotted the uncanny similarity between Eric Idle and Steve Punt. The dudes playing Cleese and Palin were spot on as well, not just with their vocal impressions, but with their physicality as well. The irreverence was very much in the Python spirit, to the extent that the Pythons themselves were not immune to lampooning. Definitely worth catching on the beeb (or YouTube if necessary!).
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