DVD: Holy Flying Circus (15)


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Tony Roche 's silly and often funny re-imagining of the furore that surrounded the release of Monty Python's Life of Brian received a bit of panning when shown on BBC4 last year.

However, if you're a fan of Python you'll find plenty to enjoy in this send-up that culminates in the debate between John Cleese and Michael Palin and Malcolm Muggeridge and the Bishop of Southwark. Darren Boyd's Cleese is a nifty Basil Fawlty impression, Steve Punt was born to play Eric Idle and Rufus Jones is a hoot as Terry Jones and Michael Palin's wife. But it's Charles Edwards's impersonation of Palin that holds this comedy together.