This is a comic oratorio. Eric Idle likes to make fun of the famous. With John du Prez he has now turned to Handel (but also Mozart, Richard Strauss and some others). It was originally written as a warm up for Spamalot. But it was turned into a good evening out to celebrate the Monty Python ruby jubilee. The performance is excellent. The soloists are great, making this a good performance for classical music enthousiasts. It is interspersed with typical Monty Python silliness. Does it work? Not in my mind. I either watch the silliness or the great performances of the classically trained. Rosalind Plowright, Shannon Mercer, Christopher Purves and especially William Ferguson are wonderful. But they are an act among themselves, they stand apart from the silliness. So basically you get a two for one. If you are handy with the remote (like I am), you can either watch a very clever cross over of classical music (it is almost fusion - of opera and musical) or orchestrated silliness. Is it worth the money? Every penny! But in your first sitting expect to be confused. It is not Monty Python and it is not Spamalot. It is something completely different (no pun intended). I either watch the silliness but prefer to watch the soloists (but that is personal). If you like classical music you can probably see the references. I think Ken Russell would have liked it. In summary, one of the best buys I ever made. I watch it regularly and it never bores me. And is that not what art is supposed to do? That it is based on Monty Pythons "The life of Brian" (and it is a quite faithfull adaptation) is secondary. Praise must also go to the BBC for participating in this adventure, without the orchestra and choir the performance would have paled, now it is a spectacle. Buy it, see it, tell your friends about it (or am I getting carried away?). Entertainment at its best.