Television and Film

King James Bible – When God Spoke English

Filmed to coincide with the 400th Anniversary of the commission of the King James Bible, this documentary was shown on BBC 1 in February 2011. Co-produced with BBC Religion When God Spoke Englishand Ethics, the programme follows Adam Nicolson as he discovers how around fifty scholars from Cambridge, Oxford and London created this astonishing translation of the Bible into English, looking in particular at the seven years from the commissioning of the bible in 1604 to its printing in May and considering the technological, political and cultural circumstances which drove and shaped it.


The History of Christianity

A 6 hour-long programme broadcast on BBC4 and then transferred to BBC2 in the winter of 2009/10. The series is based on Professor Diarmaid MacCullough’s book on the History of Christianity. An ‘authored series’ it looks at Christianity across the world, as well as the development of the denominations within the West. The last programme looks at Christianity in the west in an increasingly secular world.

What the Deuce is Love?

An hour documentary on Andrea Jaeger as she looks back on her life as a tennis star, her faith, and her life now as Sister Andrea, working with disadvantaged children in Colorado. A co-production with Pilgrim Productions.

The Passion

A six-part drama commissioned from BBC Drama for BBC1 which was broadcast in Easter 2008. Written by Frank Deasy, who wrote the script for Bleak House, and set in the first century, it followed the story of Holy Week from Palm Sunday to Easter Day. The series was shot in Morocco.

Amazing Grace

This was a one-hour programme commissioned for BBC1 in Holy Week 2007. The programme looked at the story of John Newton, the remarkable journey of Amazing Grace, and explores the concept of grace itself – being saved by God, without it being deserved, which connects it so strongly to the events of Easter. Rick Wakeman described Newton’s journey from slave trader to preacher, making use of the many locations that played a part in Newton’s life – including the ports he knew as a sailor; the vicarage in Olney where Amazing Grace was written, and the churches that played a part in his life. The programme shows how every word in the hymn relates to Newton’s life – an autobiography in six verses. A large part of the story of the hymn takes place in the USA, which has taken it as an unofficial anthem, sung at national events, by civil rights groups and at weddings and funerals.

God’s Chaplain

A one-hour documentary following Chuck Popov, a US Army Chaplain as he supports the troops based in Northern Iraq. A co-production with Tiger Aspect.

The Bible Revolution

Broadcast in 2007 on Channel 4, this documentary, presented by Rod Liddle, explores the hidden and often violent history of the English Bible. Featuring dramatic reconstruction, interviews with leading historians, and Bible readings by Kenneth Branagh, the film follows the English Bible’s transformation from banned text to cornerstone of our language and literature, through the dramatic lives and grisly ends of three religious revolutionaries: John Wycliffe, William Tyndale, and Thomas Cranmer.

The Miracles of Jesus

Miracles_of_jesusThis three-part series looks at Jesus’ miracles and how these were interpreted during his life and by the 1st Century gospel writers. Presented by Rageh Omaar, the series includes drama and computer generated graphics and was broadcast on BBC 1.

Priest Idol

A three-part series for Channel 4 which follows the newly recruited priest, James, to the parish of Lundwood, where the regular congregation priestidoljust hits double figures. This involves encouraging the Parochial Church Council to look at new ways in involving the community, and taking on the services of a marketing company, who developed a ‘church lite’ campaign.

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