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Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

In 1979, Monty Python made Life of Brian and the debate about what is an acceptable subject for comedy was blown wide open. This is a fantastical re-imagining of the build-up to the release of the film and the controversy it caused.

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Thu 26 Jun 2014 23:00 BBC Four

  • Interview with Julian Doyle, the film's editor

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    GMT: Looking back on 'The Life of Brian'
  • Behind the scenes: Phonotrope

    Behind the scenes: Phonotrope

    Animation Director Jim Le Fevre tells the Comedy Blog about the complex production that was involved in creating the title sequence.

    Comedy Blog | Holy Flying Circus - The Animation


John Cleese
Darren Boyd
Michael Palin
Charles Edwards
Eric Idle/Disciple/Rabbi
Steve Punt
Terry Jones
Rufus Jones
Graham Chapman
Tom Fisher
Terry Gilliam
Phil Nichol
Barry Atkins
Simon Greenall
US News Reporter/BBFC Rep
Robin Sebastian
Nun/Montage Woman
Belinda Stewart-Wilson
Black Panther/Montage Man
Micah Balfour
Harry Balls/News Vendor
Paul Chahidi
Prod Person/Sam Lowry
Ian Bonar
PA to Head of Rude Words
Selina Griffiths
Alan Dick/Desmond Lovely
Jason Thorpe
Dog Walker/Petitioner
Geoff McGivern
Andrew Thorogood
Mark Heap
BBC Head of Rude Words
Alex MacQueen
Gareth Nice/Angry Viewer
David Birrell
Bernard Barnard QC
Rupert Vansittart
Richard Klein
Martin Marquez
Malcolm Muggeridge
Michael Cochrane
BBC Head of Firing/Cabbie
Kim Wall
Mervyn Stockwood
Roy Marsden
Archbishop of York
James Laurenson
Tim Rice
Tom Price
Stephen Fry
Polly Leys
Kate Norrish
Executive Producer
Matthew Read
Owen Harris
Tony Roche


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