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The Passion on BBC1 in 2008

BBC1 is to broadcast a major drama series on the last days of Jesus during Holy Week 2008. Passion tells the story from the viewpoint of Caiaphas, Pilate and the disciples. It is likely to be seen by up to 8 million viewers.

The Churches’ Media Council has formed a group from all the main Christian denominations and mission agencies to provide briefing notes and suggestions for churches on how to use the series. They will also coordinate speakers prepared to discuss Passion in the media.

CMC Director Andrew Graystone has held extensive discussions with Passion producer Nigel Stafford-Clark.

“This is a straightforward account of the last few days of the life of Jesus, told with honesty and passion. Obviously it is a work of drama not theology and wasn’t conceived as an exercise in evangelism. It promises to be the most honest and challenging account of Jesus seen on TV in many years and will prompt believers and unbelievers alike to think about Jesus.”

To find out more, read the BBC press release on >> http://tinyurl.com/ypsp5p

Churches Media Council >> http://www.churchesmediacouncil.org.uk/about

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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