• Bible Films Blog

    Looking at film interpretations of the stories in the Bible - past, present and future, as well as preparation for a future work on Straub/Huillet's Moses und Aron and a few bits and pieces on biblical studies.

    Matt Page


    Thursday, April 09, 2009

    Easter UK TV Schedule 2009

    Here's a quick rundown of the Bible Films related programmes on TV over the Easter period. It's a fairly poor comparison with previous religious holidays (see Easter '08 and '07 and Christmas '08, '07 and '06): the only channel showing anything is Channel 4. Anyway here's a brief rundown:

    Friday 10 April, Channel 4
    11:45am The Greatest Story Ever Told

    It's nice to see a Jesus film on terrestrial television on Good Friday, and I appreciate it even more because it's on for the three hours after midday, which have traditionally been a time for Christians to meditate on Jesus's death. Greatest Story is a good choice too. Not only does it last for (and well beyond) the three hour period in question, it's also one of the slower more meditative films which makes it kind of appropriate for that time slot.

    Monday 13 April, Channel 4
    1:10am Last Days

    Last Days is an obvious retelling of the demise of Kurt Cobain, but several commentators have seen deeper echoes of the passion of Jesus. In particular, Mike Leary's has two interesting articles exploring this angle of the film which are well worth a read.

    Monday 13 April, Channel 4
    3:00am The Real Jesus Christ

    The Real Jesus Christ constructs the lost biography of Jesus and offers an alternative version of his message as it would have been told by those who knew him better than anyone.

    Tuesday 14 April, Channel 4
    4:00am The Tomb of Christ

    Two respected archaeologists have within their grasp the proof as to whether Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre houses the place where Jesus Christ was both crucified and buried.



    • At 5:48 pm, April 13, 2009, Blogger Mark Goodacre said…

      Thanks for the interesting list, Matt. It looks like The Real Jesus Christ is a repeat of a documentary from some years back, made by 3BM and directed by Patrick McGrady. If it is that one, it was originally shown in 1999, and it features Michael Goulder, Geza Vermes, Hyam Maccoby, Robert Eisenmann, John Dominic Crossan and me!

    • At 12:30 pm, April 14, 2009, Blogger Matt Page said…

      Oh, that would explain why I can't find it on 4 on demand then. I was hoping to watch it retrospectively.

      Oh well.



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