On The Ceiling

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20120725 (BBC7)
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By Nigel Planer.

High up on the wooden scaffolding tower of the Sistine Chapel, two fresco plasterers prepare the ceiling for their boss, Michelangelo, who has not bothered to turn up again.

As they do so, they bemoan the uselessness of the great master.

Lapo....Phil Daniels

  • cardinal alidosi....roger lloyd pack

  • cardinal alidosi....roger lloyd pack

    directed by Mary Peate.

    two fresco plasterers in the sistine chapel wait for michelangelo

  • loti....Bryan Dick
  • pope julius....gary waldhorn

    lapo....phil daniels

    loti - Bryan Dick

    pope julius - gary waldhorn

    cardinal alidosi - roger lloyd pack

    composer - adam cork

    high up on the wooden scaffolding tower of the sistine chapel, two fresco plasterers get on with the day's work preparing the ceiling for their boss michelangelo who has not bothered to turn up for work again.

    pope julius and cardinal alidosi visit the chapel to inspect the progress of their commission.

    they are never very impressed, and the pope is more concerned about getting michelangelo to do his funeral monument at a knock-down price.

    on the ceiling is not about great artists; it is about those people whose names don't go down in history: the ones who do the essential drudge work, their frustration at their lack of genius and their pride in their own technical expertise.

    in this version of events, low elements combine to make high art.

    Nigel Planer is best known as neil in the young ones, and as nicholas craig - the naked actor.

    other television productions include shine on harvey moon; Dennis Potter's blackeyes.

    on stage, nigel has performed in simon gray's unnatural pursuits; Ben Elton's we will rock you and hairspray.

    two fresco plasterers in the sistine chapel wait for michelangelo

    two fresco plasterers get on with preparing the sistine chapel for boss michelangelo.

    high up on the wooden scaffolding tower of the sistine chapel, two fresco plasterers get on with the day's work preparing the ceiling for their boss michelangelo who has not bothered to turn up for work again. as they do so, they bemoan the uselessness of the great master.

    pope julius and cardinal alidosi visit the chapel to inspect the progress of their commission. they are never very impressed, and the pope is more concerned about getting michelangelo to do his funeral monument at a knock-down price.

    on the ceiling is not about great artists; it is about those people whose names don't go down in history: the ones who do the essential drudge work, their frustration at their lack of genius and their pride in their own technical expertise. in this version of events, low elements combine to make high art.

    Nigel Planer is best known as neil in the young ones, and as nicholas craig - the naked actor. other television productions include shine on harvey moon; dennis potter's blackeyes. on stage, nigel has performed in simon gray's unnatural pursuits; ben elton's we will rock you and hairspray

    two fresco plasterers get on with preparing the sistine chapel for boss man michelangelo