Film and TV re-tellings of the gospel stories have been a mixed blessing. There are a few gems (’Miracle Maker’, ‘The Gospel According to St Matthew’ and ‘Jesus of Montreal’ spring to mind) but these are the exception, not the rule. Who can forget ‘The Greatest Story Ever Told’ (if you can watch John Wayne’s centurion and keep a straight face, you’re made of sterner stuff than me) or the appalling ‘Passion of the Christ’? (If you think that’s heresy, don’t bother saying so. I’ve been through all that)
However, the news that the BBC will be showing a new drama about the last week in the life of Jesus is encouraging. This is the sort of thing that the BBC can do exceptionally well, and I have high hopes.
The Passion will be shown in 4 episodes, and the schedule has been confirmed this afternoon as follows:
Monday 17th March, BBC ONE, 8:30pm
Good Friday 21st March, BBC ONE, 9pm
Easter Sunday 23rd March, BBC ONE, time TBC (around 8pm)
One to watch, I reckon.