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Holy Flying Circus (2011)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | TV Movie 19 October 2011
Tells the story of the outraged, and sometimes violent, response to 'The Life of Brian' the Monty Python movie that satirized the life of Jesus.


Owen Harris


Tony Roche
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Crispin Ben Crispin ... Jesus
Steve Punt Steve Punt ... Eric Idle / Disciple / Rabbi / Singing Protester / Bishop
Charles Edwards ... Michael Palin / Michael Palin's Mother / Devil
Rufus Jones ... Terry Jones / Jones the Wife / Bishop
Tom Fisher Tom Fisher ... Graham Chapman / Tramp
Darren Boyd ... John Cleese / Devil
Phil Nichol Phil Nichol ... Terry Gilliam
Simon Greenall Simon Greenall ... Barry Atkins / Pub Landlord
Robin Sebastian Robin Sebastian ... US News Reporter / BBFC Representative / Montage Man
Belinda Stewart-Wilson ... Nun / Montage Woman
Micah Balfour ... Black Panther / Montage Man
Paul Chahidi ... Harry Balls / News Vendor
Ian Bonar Ian Bonar ... Production Person 1 / Sam Lowry
Selina Griffiths Selina Griffiths ... Production Person 2 / Personal Assistant to BBC Head of Rude Words
Jason Thorpe ... Alan Dick / Desmond Lovely


In 1979 the Monty Python comedy team return from making their film 'Monty Python's Life of Brian' in Tunisia. Premiered in America the film is pilloried by ultra-right religious groups for its depiction of Christ. In England the Popular Peoples' Church of St Sophia (whose members include a Tourette's sufferer who shouts out swear words) find a copy of the script in a dustbin and lobby the British censor for its suppression, leading to many local councils banning its screening. Death threats follow and Michael Palin - "the nicest man in Britain" - has his effigy burned on his front lawn. Finally crazed TV programmer Alan Dick persuades Palin and co-star John Cleese to defend the picture on a late night chat show against the Bishop of Southwark and religious commentator Malcolm Muggeridge. Thanks to Cleese's reasoning the Pythons are seen to triumph, winning over the Popular Peoples' Church. A later encounter with God will show how the film's controversy paved the way for other artistic... Written by don @ minifie-1

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19 October 2011 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


Stephen Fry also appeared in A Fish Called Wanda (1988), which featured former Python members John Cleese and Michael Palin. See more »

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Boxed Shits Provided By - Boutique Pootique (Thames Ditton), Gary's Shit Shop (Feltham) See more »


References Mock the Week: Episode #6.8 (2008) See more »

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God would have loved it
19 October 2011 | by badgerboy1977See all my reviews

Absolutely superb piece of television, the very well judged performances are spot on and the Pythons are portrayed extremely well. The period of time is beautifully rendered and the entire madness of unwavering beliefs and the ramifications therein are dealt with magnificently and with a great deal of integrity. The way they worked many of the Monty Python staples such as very obvious drag and so on into the piece were masterfully done, all in all and with everything considered to be honest I couldn't stand it ;)

(why waffle on aimlessly and without rational thought like Malcolm Muggeridge and THE BISHOP! when you can express your view succinctly)

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