Holy Fly­ing Cir­cus

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Sun­day, 8.30pm, UKTV This is a slightly puz­zling fea­ture-length rein­ter­pre­ta­tion of Monty Python’s Fly­ing Cir­cus. It’s not a doc­u­men­tary or a biopic by any stretch of the imag­i­na­tion — it’s more like a very long se­ries of im­per­son­ations of the Pythons in an im­pres­sion­is­tic flan. Some of the characters, notably Dar­ren Boyd as John Cleese, Charles Ed­wards as Michael Palin and es­pe­cially Steve Punt as Eric Idle, are pitch per­fect. It has been de­scribed as a drama­ti­sa­tion of the 1979 tele­vised de­bate on the talk show Fri­day Night, Satur­day Morn­ing be­tween Cleese and Palin, and Mal­colm Mug­geridge and Mervyn Stock­wood, the bishop of South­wark at the time. I saw that de­bate sev­eral times and, while it likely pro­vides a spine for things, it hardly ac­counts for the shenani­gans here. We catch up with events in 1979, just as the team is re­turn­ing from Tu­nisia af­ter the shoot for Life of Brian con­vinced they have their best work to date in the can. Of course athe­ism wasn’t as fash­ion­able then as it is now, and the re­ac­tion of the re­li­gious Right in the US was vi­o­lent. I’m not sure Holy Fly­ing Cir­cus will work for any­one who doesn’t re­mem­ber the orig­i­nals, but those who do will glory in the at­ten­tion to de­tail and the in­spired in­san­ity. Mil­lion­aire con­tin­ues to pro­mote phi­lan­thropy through em­bed­ding an un­der­cover rich per­son with the dis­ad­van­taged. You’d think af­ter at least seven sea­sons that when a rich per­son pre­tend­ing to be a schmo turns up with a tele­vi­sion crew, peo­ple would sus­pect. They never seem to. Rich and ec­cen­tric in­ven­tor Ed­ward Dou­glas-Miller lost his first child soon af­ter she was born. This at­tracts him to a group in Nor­wich called Han­nah’s Gift. It raises funds to help griev­ing par­ents pur­chase head­stones. Dou­glas-Miller is ab­so­lutely crap at pre­tend­ing to be a rookie re­porter cre­at­ing a TV doc­u­men­tary about char­i­ta­ble causes and still no­body sus­pects. He gets among the griev­ing par­ents and falls just a lit­tle bit in love with them. Then he’s off to an or­gan­i­sa­tion for blind peo­ple also des­per­ately in need of funds. Later he meets a man with mo­tor neu­rone disease. How many lives will he change with the tens of thou­sands of pounds he is pre­pared to give away? If you are a bit of a softie you may want to have some tis­sues handy for the re­veals, which had this old hack in floods. ex­am­ple. This will be of par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est to those who have heard of this gritty drama about an out­law bikie gang op­er­at­ing in the fic­tional and aptly named town of Charm­ing, in Cal­i­for­nia’s Cen­tral Val­ley, but never got around to see­ing it. So it’s not too late to meet show pro­tag­o­nist Jack­son ‘‘ Jax’’ Teller (Char­lie Hun­nam) and the gang. In the pi­lot, a ri­val club cleans out and de­stroys the Sons’ il­le­gal arms, so they ex­e­cute their own jus­tice. Tonight, the af­ter­math, more bikie tales and more prob­lems for a new­born son.

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