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BBC to dramatise unholy row over Monty Python's Life of Brian

Publié par Clifford Armion le 21/06/2011

Ben Dowell

""He's not the Messiah, he's a very naughty boy" is one of the most oft-quoted lines in British comedy history. But the religious controversy that engulfed the Monty Python film in which the quote featured, Life of Brian, on its 1979 release was no laughing matter - and is now to be the subject of a BBC drama.

"Holy Flying Circus, written by Tony Roche, a co-writer of the political satire The Thick of It, will air this autumn on BBC4 and aims to use the Life of Brian controversy to explore the subject of free speech.

"Monty Python's irreverent take on the story of Jesus Christ revolved around Brian Cohen, a reluctant fictional Messiah in first century Judea who is eventually crucified. Church leaders in the US and the UK protested, claiming it mocked Christ, and the film was banned in several countries including Ireland and Norway as well as by several UK local authorities."

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"BBC to dramatise unholy row over Monty Python's Life of Brian", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), juin 2011. Consulté le 14/05/2021. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/bbc-to-dramatise-unholy-row-over-monty-python-s-life-of-brian