The Bethlehem Tales

Sir Derek Jacobi headed the cast for Classic FM’s Christmas Day 2013 Drama. Part thriller, part magical comedy, The Bethlehem Tales retells the Christmas story, from Annunciation Bethlehem_talesto the Flight into Egypt, from the point of view of contemporary eye-witnesses.   Interwoven with music drawn from the best of three centuries of Christmas Cantatas and Oratorios, the family radio play offers a different perspective on the Christmas story.

Political tension is building in Israel following the Roman census.  A series of confused rumours about signs and forewarnings in the City of David are going around.  Somewhere on the road from Bethlehem, a merchant – one of Herod’s agents – stops at an isolated inn.  Here a group of travellers heading towards Egypt is whiling away the evening telling stories.  Each of the travellers witnessed a different part of the events surrounding the Nativity.   Now, during this one night, these Bethlehem Tales try to convince Herod’s informer to abandon his calling and follow a new star.

Written by David Spicer and directed by Frank Stirling, The Bethlehem Tales was the third Christmas drama made by Unique for Classic FM in association with Jerusalem Productions. It was broadcast on Christmas Day 2013.


The Mystery of Mary Magdalene

TudorBroadcast on BBC 1 to mark Good Friday in 2013, this documentary, presented by Melvyn Bragg, attempts to unravel the many questions surrounding one of the Bible’s most controversial and enigmatic figures, Mary Magdalene. The programme was co-produced with BBC Religion and Ethics – BBC Manchester.

In the Footsteps of St Paul


This study of St Paul was co-produced with CTVC and locates the disciple in his historical time and place, exploring what was involved in his mission and the challenges he faced from the Roman Empire. Presented by David Suchet and first aired on BBC 1.


Beatbox Bible

This project produced a series of videos based on the hip-hop Gospel of Luke, written and performed by beatboxer Rev. Gavin Tyte and friends. The videos are in the style of the Beat Box Nativity which was a winner of the Nativity Factor 2011. The Beatbox Gospel of Luke communicates the bible in a new and innovative way and will make an excellent resource for schools, youth clubs, churches and prisons. For more information and to watch the videos, please go to:

Watch the winner Nativity Factor 2011 entry below:


CatholicWomen STILL9This three-part series was broadcast on BBC 1 in February 2012 and explored what it means to be a Roman Catholic in modern Britain. Produced by Wingspan Productions and directed by filmmaker Richard Alwyn the series was shortlisted for a Grierson Award.

Filmed over six months and with extraordinary access, the three films – one about men, one about women, one about children – offer an insight into different Catholic realities revealing Catholicism to be a rich but complex identity and observing how this identity shapes people’s lives.

The Christmas Mysteries

Broadcast on Classic FM on Christmas Day 2011, The Christmas Mysteries is a play based on The Wakefield Mysteries – the medieval pageants performed in the late Middle Ages. It tells the nativity story from the points of view of a rowdy rabble of smelly tanners, a saucy knave, a pious Abbot and a God-Fearing former monk, interspersed with English classical music. The Christmas Mysteries was written by David Spicer and co-produced by Unique the Production Company.

Christmas Starts with Christ

Jerusalem Productions has supported the ChurchAds’ (previously the Churches’ Advertising Network) Christmas campaign for over 10 years. ChurchAds produces radio commercials and posters and churches Churchadsare encouraged to purchase airtime and advertising space to broadcast and display them.

Past campaigns can be found here. 

In 2010, it was estimated that around 30 million people had the opportunity to see the poster or hear the radio advertisements. Posters were displayed on over 1,400 sites across the UK and the radio commercials were played on 175 stations.

Roll on Christmas

In 2011, Jerusalem Productions supported Roll on Christmas, an interactive Nativity play on Facebook,  created by Ship of Fools. The game allowed users to cast their Facebook friends as characters from the Nativity story, be it shepherd, wise man, angel or innkeeper. This exciting project used social networking to share a simple reminder of the story of Christmas.


Young Nuns

Young NunsThis documentary, co-produced by Twenty Twenty, and shown on BBC 1 in October 2011, follows two young women in their journeys to becoming nuns. Filmed over 6 months, this intimate documentary gives a unique insight into a rarely seen world, challenging stereotypes and exploring what convent life can still offer modern women.

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