Stephen Fry to play God in BBC comedy

Stephen Fry will play God in a BBC4 comedy 'Holy Flying Circus', about the religious furore caused by Monty Python movie 'Life of Brian'

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Stephen Fry is set to portray God in a new BBC4 comedy.

The actor and presenter will play the almighty in 'Holy Flying Circus', based on the religious controversy caused by Monty Python movie 'Life of Brian', which took a comedic look at the life of Jesus Christ.

The actors from the original film have also been recast; Darren Boyd will play John Cleese, Steve Punt will portray Eric Idle and Charles Edwards will be Michael Palin.

Richard Klein, head of BBC4, said: "This is a smart and witty take on both the nature of censorship and the world of Monty Python."

The show will also see a re-enactment of a TV debate between John Cleese, Michael Palin and members of the Church of England, and will be aired in autumn.

Stephen - who is best known for his portrayal of Victorian writer Oscar Wilde in a movie alongside Jude Law - is making a concerted return to acting, having recently signed up for a role in Sir Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit', which is currently shooting in New Zealand.

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