I just got round to watching Holy Flying Circus, which I recorded on Wednesday night. I expected to enjoy it, but didn’t expect to find myself laughing aloud quite so much. It really was a joy to watch. (Still available on iPlayer until next Saturday)
The casting was superb, which made everything else work. Darren Boyd in particular was spot on as John Cleese. Liberties were taken with events, people were stereotyped, but it all worked because it was all treated like a Monty Python production with all the post-modern breaking of the fourth wall that involves.
The show featured a couple of characters with speech impediments (always a feature of Python) and all the main female parts were played by men so it was absolutely in the Python spirit.
It was also good to be reminded just how far we have progressed in the last 30 years. I can remember that there really was that much fuss about what is, in reality, a very inoffensive film. OK, so we still have unelected bishops as part of our parliament and huge chunks of our taxes going to faith schools to prop up the churches, but at least there is debate about that now and you can complain about it without being seen as trying to bring about the end of civilisation.
It all made me feel like watching Brian again.