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Holy Flying Circus

In 1979 the Monty Python comedy team return from making their film &#39Monty Python&#39s Life of Brian&#39 in Tunisia. Premiered in America the film is pilloried by ultra-right religious groups for its depiction of Christ. In England the Popular Peoples&#39 Church of St Sophia (whose members include a Tourette&#39s 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&#39s reasoning the Pythons are seen to triumph, winning over the Popular Peoples&#39 Church. A later encounter with God will show how the film&#39s controversy paved the way for other artistic...
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