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5.0 out of 5 stars `He's Not the Nicest Man on the Planet - He's a Very Naughty Boy!', February 21, 2012
This review is from: Holy Flying Circus [UK import, Region 0 PAL format] (DVD)
This is a BBC 4 programme that was first shown in October of 2011 and I missed it so this was a God send (if he truly exists obviously). It starts as it means to go on by being an homage to the Monty Python Crew and wearing its humour proudly on its sleeve. It says it is all a bit made up which is a bit like the Bible.

It centres around the furore and public hulabaloo that blew up around `The Life of Brian', and the handling that they did to try to get it shown. It was banned in more places than the Sex Pistols Tour had been, with only one London Cinema allowing a screening. In the midst of this Bible bashing self righteousness Mary Whitehousesque frenzy, the BBC waded in. They wanted the boys to appear on the current affairs talk show (not `chat' you understand) `Friday Night, Saturday Morning'.

Michael Palin (Charles Edwards who also plays his own mum!) is the nicest man in the World and John Cleese, well is the opposite and seen as a bit abrasive. As such the duo would be the perfect foils in a healthy adult debate about all matters ecumenical and stuff with some Bishop and womanising alcoholic and former comedian Malcolm Muggeridge.

The Python humour is at the centre of all of this with surreal moments galore which are sent up through out and men playing all the parts. Rufus Jones plays both Terry Jones and Michael Palins wife - without adequate `shaver time'. There are animation sequences to honour Terry Gilliam and a BBC team straight out of `In The Thick of It' with a producer who just wants a BAFTA. There is also a lot of modern satire and clear references to the future through out. Stephen Fry makes a short appearance as God too.

Darren Boyd plays John Cleese as Basil Fawlty and that is on purpose as they insert a Party Political Broadcast on behalf of John Cleese explaining he is nice in real life really. We also have sub titles and scrolling text and a shed load of profanity even the BBC Department for Swear Words gets a mention.

This is for fans of Python, comedy satire and original programming. I loved it and found it totally engrossing, despite a couple of groans it was a welcome breath of fresh air - highly recommended.-, unless you think you are the Messiah that is.
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