has the news that a trailer
for BBC1's The Nativity
has gone online at YouTube
. The trailer is definitely going for that traditional family feel, and Jordan's soap-operaexpertise is very much to the fore in the snippets of the confrontation between Mary and Joseph. I have to say I really like what I've seen of the annunciation. The Angel Gabriel is really quite unremarkable and naturalistic, which should prevent the programme dating as others that have gone for a more supernatural angle have in the past. This even makes Pasolini's young girl look a little showy. It will be interesting to see whether that opens the door for any of the characters, not to mention the audience, to view this event sceptically.
There's also a piece on this in print edition of the Christmas Edition of The Radio Times
with a brief capsule review of each episode available online
. Jim Davila
has linked to an article on the programme in yesterday's The Independent
. It's by Gerard Gilbert, who was actually an extra in The Jesus Film
(1979), and he goes on to discuss a few of the well-known Jesus films, including this witty line on The Passion of the Christ
: "At least the actors spoke in subtitled Latin, Hebrew and Aramaic, so we didn't have to listen to English being turned into a dead language, as it is in most Jesus films."
Lastly, there a small website on the film courtesy of the Church Media Network
Labels: BBC's The Nativity, Bible Films in Production, Nativity - Mary Joseph