In the Footsteps of Judas

Shown on BBC 1, Good Friday 2016, Reverend Kate Bottley re-opens the case against the Bible’s greatest villain, Judas Iscariot. In Jerusalem she visits the places associated with his betrayal and death and asks: can Judas be forgiven?

Available to watch on BBC iPlayer until 22 April 2016



The Great North Passion

Broadcast live on BBC 1 on Good Friday 2014, The Great North Passion focused on the community of South Shields and surrounding areas in the retelling of the story of the great north passion1Passion. Twelve artists worked with communities in the North East to create themed art works housed in shipping containers which were arranged to form a giant cross. The programme was produced in partnership with the Cultural Spring.

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.

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.


A single hour-long programme for Channel 4, presented by the Bishop of Durham, Tom Wright, and based on his book ‘The Resurrection of the Son of God’. This is based on the argument that the physical resurrectionresurrection of Jesus Christ is an historical fact, and the Bishop approaches the matter “as a historian” and comes to the conclusion that the physical resurrection of Jesus was by far the most likely explanation of the rise of Christianity. He says that the early Christians accepted the resurrection as fact and consequently came to faith.

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