God is cast in new Monty Python Drama Holy Flying Circus

This week  news emerged that the multi-talented QI presenter Stephen Fry – who is currently filming his appearance in the highly anticipated Sherlock Holmes sequel – had signed on to play God in the upcoming BBC Four comedy drama ‘Holy Flying Circus’.

The film will look at the outrage the British cult comedy ‘Life of Brian’ caused after it’s release in 1979. The witty film was produced by Handmade Films and directed by Terry Jones. Written by and starring every member of the Monty Python comedy team, it told the story of Brian, a man who was born on the same day in a stable next door to Jesus Christ. After a series of unlikely events, he is mistaken as the Messiah and soon gains a loyal religious following much to his mother’s annoyance.

The film caused much controversy at the time of its release and was banned by a number of authorities and even whole countries due to the offence it caused to religious groups, some of which lasted decades with one ban being lifted as recently as 2009 in the Welsh town of Aberystwyth.

There was much debate over the film and protests outside the daring cinemas which showed it, as the film parodied the New Testament and 1970s left wing politics, both of which were sensitive subjects and featured regularly in the media of the time.

The BBC drama will be, “a smart and witty take on both the nature of censorship and the world of Monty Python,” said Richard Klein, head of BBC Four. Holy Flying Circus is due to air on BBC Four this autum.

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