Radio Times magazine: 15-21 October 2011

Find out how Monty Python's masterpiece Life of Brian was almost a joke too far...

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“It wasn’t blasphemous. It was heretical…we’d think twice about making it now.”

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In the new issue of RT, Terry Jones gives us the full story on how Monty Python was nearly crucified in the aftermath of Life of Brian ahead of BBC4’s Holy Flying Circus, a comedy drama that re-creates the controversy behind the scenes.

Also this week:

See it first! Get free cinema tickets to new movie The Help

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall explains why he cut his hair and cut out meat from his River Cottage menu

Illusionist Derren Brown reveals how he can make crowds of people turn his latest show The Assassin into a hit

Lady Fiona, the Countess of Carnarvon, introduces us to the real star of Downtown Abbey – her stately home

Pop’s most glamorous granny Lulu has Something to Shout About and has a bit to say about Strictly too

Find out how to get an A-list star on the sofa, with tips from Michael Parkinson

Historian Bettany Hughes talks about a new wave of female academics making their own TV history

And catching his breath between TV Burps, funnyman Harry Hill unveils his plans to stage X Factor the Musical

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Next week in RT… David Attenborough on our last true wilderness…and TV chef Jamie Oliver explains why he’s proud to annoy lots of people… On sale Tuesday 18 October.