Mark Heap

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Holy Flying Circus

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Role Thoroughgood
Director Owen Harris
Production Company Hillbilly TV
Broadcaster BBC 4
In 1979, the Monty Python film Life of Brian was the subject of worldwide outrage for its portrayal of a young man taken to be the Messiah, whose life bore striking resemblance to that of Jesus.

As a result, John Cleese and Michael Palin were invited onto a television debate in front of a live studio audience to face prominent religious figures Malcolm Muggeridge and the Bishop of Southwark over the controversy.

Written by Tony Roche, Holy Flying Circus is a fantastical re-imaging of the lead up to the debate, pitted with moments of Pythonesque humour.

Mark plays Andrew Thorogood, a fictional member of Mary Whitehouse’s Festival of Light organisation. An earnest Chrstian with an inflated sense of self-importance, Thorogood dislikes conflict, preferring instead to challenge the Pythons with pedantry.
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Holy Flying Circus
Reviews

Constantly inventive, often very funny. Chris Harvey
The Telegraph

This glorious example of original drama with the brakes off Jack Seale
Radio Times