BBC4 orders Monty Python-inspired comedy

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Tony Roche, the writer of The Thick of It, is penning a 90-minute comedy for BBC4 called Holy Flying Circus.

The comedy is described by the BBC as "a fantastical re-imagining" of the controversy surrounding the release of Monty Python's 1979 film Life Of Brian.

The cast features Darren Boyd as John Cleese, Charles Edwards as Michael Palin, Steve Punt as Eric Idle, Rufus Jones as Terry Jones, Tom Fisher as Graham Chapman and Phil Nichol as Terry Gilliam.

BBC4 controller 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."

Holy Flying Circus is being made by Talkback Thames and Hillbilly Television.