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      CommentAuthorcassbtt
    • CommentTimeJul 8th 2011
     
    From the latest Pythonline Update newsletter Jul-8-11:

    New BBC drama

    The BBC are also currently filming a drama about the controversy surrounding the release of Monty Python’s Life of Brian in 1979. At the time, church leaders protested over the production claiming ihe movie mocked Christ and it was subsequently banned in several countries. But the Life of Brian was a huge box-office success, earning the fourth-highest takings in the UK in 1979 and the highest for any British film in the US that year.

    Shortly after the film was released, John Cleese and Michael Palin engaged in a now famous debate on the BBC Two discussion programme Friday Night, Saturday Morning. Broadcaster Malcolm Muggeridge and the Bishop of Southwark, the Right Reverend Mervyn Stockwood, argued the film was an attack on the Christian faith.\

    The new drama will be written by Tony Roche, whose other credits include In the Loop and The Thick of It. Owen Harris, who has worked on Misfits and Secret Diary of a Call Girl, has signed up to direct.

    The BBC said the 90-minute film would incorporate "surreal cutaways including puppetry and animation".

    Controller of BBC Four Richard Klein said: "This is a smart and witty take on both the nature of censorship and the world of Monty Python.

    "Tony Roche's script is both bold and entertaining, a wonderfully warm homage to one of the most original of British comedy teams."

    Darren Boyd will play John Cleese, Charles Edwards has been cast in the role of Michael Palin , Steve Punt will star as Eric Idle, Rufus Jones plays Terry Jones, Scots-Canadian former Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Phil Nichol is Terry Gilliam and Tom Fisher plays the late Graham Chapman.
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    Wow!! That sounds amazing!! I LOVE In The Loop, the writing is GENIUS there.
    And it sounds just kooky and eccentric enough to be great! :)

    As for the cast -
    as John
    as Michael
    as Eric
    as Graham
    as Terry J
    as Terry G

    Pretty good matches I'd say! Let's hope they can act :)

    Also - according to IMDb, STEPHEN FRY is to play GOD. :bigsmile: I have no idea what that means, but I can't wait to find out!!
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      CommentAuthorLozzykinz
    • CommentTimeJul 8th 2011
     
    The one playing John doesn't show up.

    The only fucking one we actually give a shit about doesn't show up, Op!

    DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!

    :)
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      CommentAuthorLozzykinz
    • CommentTimeJul 8th 2011
     
    And I have to say...

    I'm not looking forward to this. It looks gastly seeing other people play them.

    I dread to think what the John guy looks like.
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      CommentAuthorLozzykinz
    • CommentTimeJul 8th 2011 edited
     
    Oh. It's there now.

    He looks nothing like John.
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    I think he sort of does look like him! Like a cross between John and Cary Elwes.
    I just hope he's tall enough...
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      CommentAuthorLozzykinz
    • CommentTimeJul 8th 2011
     
    Hmmm.

    I'll have to see him on screen to decide.

    But I can't vision anyone else playing my John! :cry:
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      CommentAuthorcassbtt
    • CommentTimeJul 8th 2011
     
    It's not a skit where they're trying to imitate the originals, so I think doing it this way, as opposed to straight-on documentary featuring interviews with the surviving Pythons, might broaden the audience market. If you'll excuse the pun, I think it's more important to be "faithful" to the original events than to use the actual old cronies, sorry, fella's!

    (It's great to see all those pics in there! That was fast, Naughty!)
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    Lol I was in dire need of a distraction... Also, google is pretty fast you know.

    I think the documentary thing has been done to death, so it's nice to get a fresh view of the matter. Though I find it strange that this article didn't mention any of the real Pythons' reactions - if they're cooperating or involved in any way, were they even consulted, if they think it's a shit idea...
    • CommentAuthormrsthing
    • CommentTimeJul 9th 2011
     
    Michael, Graham, and Eric are creepily similar. But the Terrys--whose idea was that?
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      CommentAuthorchris14
    • CommentTimeJul 9th 2011
     
    I'm looking forward to watching it. But I can't imagine the Pythons being played by others... They should play themselves. Once I told Lozzy that even Graham should play himself - his urn with his photo on it, and using his recorded voice as narratives what he's saying, or he should communicate via subtitles.
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      CommentAuthorchris14
    • CommentTimeJul 9th 2011
     
    Or via smoke-signs...
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      CommentAuthorkisch
    • CommentTimeJul 9th 2011
     
    Didn't we alreay discuss this?... Oh, no, it was somewhere else. I mean, I don't think it will be a successfull experiment, but I hope I will be proved wrong.
    Terry Jones wrote in his Twitter to the giy who played him:
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    Terry Jones
    @rufusjones1 Hi Rufus. I don't envy you having to get into bed with Charles Edwards but it’s all in a good cause. Hope he washed his feet.
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    Get into bed? What sort of film this is then?? Young girl's perversive fantasies about all the Pythons being gay and sleeping with each other? Makes me sick thinking about that.
    And by the way : this Darren Boyd playing John has got Twitter too, and he writes the following:
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    DarrenJBoyd Darren Boyd
    Have had two days off from Python. Tomorrow I'll be telling Michael Palin that I love him. And attempting to attack a bishop. As you do..
    ------------

    Sick or waht??? My expectations are sinking low. Now I expect it to be daft at best and stupid in average. GRRRR.
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    Why, Kisch? This makes me more excited! I think you're all just too in love with the real Pythons. They're not *that* good, you know...


    (That btw was sarcasm)
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      CommentAuthorLozzykinz
    • CommentTimeJul 9th 2011
     
    John's good.








    At golf.
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      CommentAuthorchris14
    • CommentTimeJul 11th 2011
     
    Not only at golf.
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      CommentAuthorchris14
    • CommentTimeJul 11th 2011
     
    Also at football & cricket.
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    They will also repeat the live debate where John and Michael face two honest and open-minded *cough* bishops who want the film banned. That sounds more interesting to me. It's the one occasion when Michael gets truly upset.
    • CommentAuthorzelda
    • CommentTimeJul 11th 2011
     
    I do not know, Spiny. Some things just can't be repeated!
    Originals are hard to find.
    • CommentAuthormrsthing
    • CommentTimeJul 11th 2011
     
    It wasn't two bishops, Spiny. It was one Bishop (Southwark) and Malcolm Muggeridge, who had a huge reputation as a Christian writer/thinker at that time. He was quite famous in the US, too.
    • CommentAuthormrsthing
    • CommentTimeJul 11th 2011
     
    I can't imagine that debate being properly duplicated without John's distinctive voice. Maybe the actors could lip synch?
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    I can't imagine the bishop being played by anyone other than Rowan Atkinson :bigsmile:
    • CommentAuthormrsthing
    • CommentTimeJul 12th 2011
     
    He did a wonderful parody on "Not the Nine O'Clock News".
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    No, I mean the original TV program will be repeated around the time when the other thingy is on the telly.
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    First half of it can be seen here, sadly it is incomplete (the bit where Michael kicks the bishop in the groin has been edited out, can you believe it):
    http://depositfiles.com/en/files/3b8djp39q
    • CommentAuthormrsthing
    • CommentTimeJul 14th 2011 edited
     
    I have to get an account just to view the video? Is there any other source? It said it would take 5 1/2 hours in "free downloading" mode, 9 minutes with a "Gold" account.
    • CommentAuthorzelda
    • CommentTimeJul 14th 2011 edited
     
    Hmm
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    Nah, don't get an account. Just watch it here instead: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKsjAHFTMx0
    • CommentAuthormrsthing
    • CommentTimeJul 15th 2011
     
    Thanks, Spiny. I'll get around to it one of these days.
    • CommentAuthorzelda
    • CommentTimeJul 15th 2011
     
    Well, we could buy his hat.
    • CommentAuthormrsthing
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2011
     
    Well, as one comment said, the video stops just as the debate is getting interesting. Do I have to pay another pound for another 5 minutes?

    That bishop was fucking insufferable. How many times did he ask, "What are you trying to say...with this?" without giving them a chance to answer? Jerk.

    And either John or Michael said that they didn't find out until after the debate that Muggeridge and the Bishop had arrived late and missed the first part of the film, where they make it very plain that Brian is NOT Jesus. But they make it pretty plain throughout, putting Jesus in other scenes, and deliberately leaving him out of the crucifixion scene. So maybe they left early, too. Self-righteous fucks.
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      CommentAuthorSpiny Norman
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2011 edited
     
    Same video, but with 4 extra minutes of quotes (and some excellent examples of stupidity):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCarG9im8C4
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      CommentAuthorPaute
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2011
     
    Stephen put the pic in his twitter account.

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      CommentAuthorPaute
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2011
     
    And... the guy who plays TJ... talks like him? sharp and funny?
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    LMAO Stephen :bigsmile:
    And I don't know about TJ's actor, Paute, I have yet to meet him.
    • CommentAuthorsuzulu
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2011
     
    It should be interesting.

    I always thought that Steve Punt looked like Eric.

    BTW, the actor playing John doesn't show on my PC. Will have to look him up.
    • CommentAuthorzelda
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2011
     
    yes, put looks a lot like and Eric.
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      CommentAuthorchris14
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2011
     
    OMG, Stephen! :rolling:

    Su, I cannot see that actor, either. Not as if I mind it... I want to see the original John.
    • CommentAuthormrsthing
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2011
     
    Isn't Stephen doing the voice of God for something?
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      CommentAuthorchris14
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2011
     
    Dunno.
    • CommentAuthorsuzulu
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2011
     
    Found some photos of Darren Boyd, the actor playing John. I have seen him in a few TV programmes but didn't know his name. There is a slight resemblance of John....
    • CommentAuthormrsthing
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2011
     
    See if this one works, because I can't see it, either:

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      CommentAuthorLozzykinz
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2011
     
    well...he's fuckable, I suppose...
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      CommentAuthorchris14
    • CommentTimeJul 18th 2011
     
    "Fuckable"? :rolling:

    Not bad, but I want the original version of John.
    • CommentAuthorzelda
    • CommentTimeJul 18th 2011
     
    He is ok.
    Never saw the first one. I'm from the south, you know.
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      CommentAuthorchris14
    • CommentTimeJul 18th 2011
     
    Believe me Zelda, the original is better.
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    Personally I prefer Carol Cleveag... Cleveland.
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    You see, Spiny, it's very rare to see a man in these regions...
    So some of these ladies get dick hot every now and then...
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    So it would seem.
    • CommentAuthorzelda
    • CommentTimeJul 19th 2011
     
    Yep.