The chair of the Churches’ Media Council has written to a hundred national church leaders urging them to prepare for the broadcast of BBC1’s series The Passion.
In his letter Rev Dr Joel Edwards says, “From time to time opportunities arise nationally that provide significant moments for the Christian faith to engage with our culture.
“One such opportunity will be the forthcoming BBC series The Passion.”
The series, which starts on Palm Sunday on 16 March, will be scheduled in peak time on BBC1 and is likely to attract audiences in excess of 10 million.
It tells the story of the last week of Jesus’ life, his trial and crucifixion. The last episode, to be broadcast on Easter Sunday on 23 March, dramatises his post-resurrection appearances.
The Passion has been made by award-winning drama producer Nigel Stafford-Clark, who was responsible for Bleak House and Warriors. The cast includes Cold Feet star James Nesbitt as Pilate and EastEnders actor Paul Nicholls as Judas Iscariot. The part of Jesus is played by the relatively unknown Joseph Mawle, who at 33 is the same age as Jesus during the events of the Passion.
A multi-denominational group convened by the Churches’ Media Council today launched a website to provide resources and information about the series.
The group is encouraging the Christian community to seize this “golden opportunity to contribute to a contemporary public discussion about Jesus”.
Full story at Christian Today.