The 'Life of Brian' Debate (1979)


Shortly after the film was released, Cleese and Palin engaged in a what would become an infamous debate on the BBC2 discussion programme Friday Night, Saturday Morning, in which Malcolm Muggeridge and Mervyn Stockwood, the Bishop of Southwark, put the case against the film. Muggeridge and the Bishop had arrived 15 minutes late to see a screening of the picture prior to the debate, missing the establishing scenes which demonstrated that Brian and Jesus were two different characters, and hence contended that it was a send-up of Christ himself.

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Comment by AdB on October 15, 2009 at 10:09pm
ha!, the religionists were all getting worked up ! Absolutely fantastic ! Happy 40th, Monty !!!


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