Monty Python’s Life of Brian, the classic satire of religion and Christianity, was a very controversial film upon release. There was a question of whether it was okay to lampoon religion, and I think any reasonable person would say that the Python boys came out on the right side of that particular debate.
The BBC talk show series, Friday Night, Saturday Morning, did a show at the time of release featuring Michael Palin and John Cleese defending the film from attacks by Malcolm Muggeridge and Bishop Mervyn Stockwood. It’s truly one of the great episodes of television. Click to read more and watch the episode.