Heaven's Above Review

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A simple, dedicated vicar, is confused with one of his colleagues, and gets sent to a snobby parish where his strong Christian values don't go down too well with the locals.


Scripted by Malcolm Muggeridge, this fairly bitter and very British satire on the foibles of the Anglican church casts Sellers in one of his subtler, most affecting roles as a fiercely innocent, unfashionably dedicated clergyman who gets mixed up with easy-going Ian Carmichael and is appointed to an upscale parish, where his commitment to charity and Christian values continually gets him into trouble, leading to a storm of media interest. In a finish that goes beyond comedy into satirical horror, Sellers is appointed Bishop Of Outer Space and insists on taking up residence.

Sharp biting satire, with an intelligent and subtle performance from the master Peter Sellers.