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The Nativity – starts on BBC 1 at 7pm Monday

When will the programmes be broadcast?

The Nativity will be broadcast on BBC1 in four episodes of 30 minutes each. The first one will be on Monday 20th December at 7pm. Then it will be at the same time on the following three nights, ending on Thursday 23rd December at 7pm. This is the slot normally occupied by The ONE Show, which has an average audience of around 5 million viewers.

Who is behind the drama?

The series was commissioned by BBC Drama Wales, and has been made by Red Planet Productions in conjunction with Kudos. The production team consulted with Christian theologians and advisers at the pre-production stage. The writer was Tony Jordan, who is one of the leading figures in popular TV drama. To hear Tony Jordan speak in detail about the series visit the audio section at

Who is in the cast?

  • Joseph – Andrew Buchan
  • Mary – Tatiana Maslany
  • Balthsar – Peter Capaldi
  • Melchoir – Jack Sheperd
  • Gaspar – Obi Abili
  • Nicolaus – Art Malik
  • Herod – Vincent Regan
  • Gabriel – John Lynch
  • Anna – Caludie Blakely
  • Elizabeth – Frances Barbour
  • Joachim – Neil Dudgeon
  • Thomas the Sheperd – Al Weaver

Why is the BBC making this drama

There was no “religious” motive in producing this drama. Quite simply they were looking for a great story to tell in episodic drama. The story of The Nativity is an iconic story that bears retelling in every generation.

What if people want to know more about Jesus

The Christian Enquiry Agency is ready to provide encouragement and information for anyone who wants to know more about Jesus, or to take a step of faith. The website has a special section dedicated to enquiries following the broadcasts, featuring pictures from the series. We recommend that churches advertise this site, and general enquiries from members of the public are directed to this site.

Can I get a copy of the programmes?

The programmes will be available on DVD at a later date. It is of course legal to record the broadcast for your personal use, but it is illegal to use that copy for any kind of public display.

Tony is a Superintendent Methodist Minister, broadcaster and author. He is a radio presenter with Premier Christian Radio and a regular contributor to BBC Radio 2's Pause for Thought (5.45 am). Tony is married with two children and four grandchildren.

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