Holy Flying Circus
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.