Wednesday, July 26, 2006

PhD Studentship: New Testament Studies (University of Wales Bangor)

This is posted on behalf of Catrin Williams:
University of Wales Bangor

PhD Studentship: New Testament Studies

School of Theology and Religious Studies

The School of Theology and Religious Studies is offering a PhD studentship in New Testament Studies to commence on 1st October 2006. The studentship will cover the cost of University tuition fees (at the Home/EU rate of £3168 for 2006/7) and will provide a maintenance grant of £12000 per year for a maximum of three years of full-time study. The successful candidate will be required to undertake some New Testament teaching for the School as a condition of his/her award.

The School of Theology and Religious Studies is part of the University’s College of Arts and Humanities (which comprises the Schools of Welsh, English, History, Linguistics, Modern Languages, Music, and Creative Industries). The School has nine full-time academic members of staff who teach and research in a wide variety of areas: Old Testament, New Testament, Biblical Hermeneutics, Modern Church History, Empirical Theology, Theology and Contemporary Culture, Pentecostal Theology. Details of the research interests of individual members of staff, and of the undergraduate and postgraduate courses offered by the School, can be found at The work of the successful applicant will be supervised by Dr Catrin Williams, whose research interests include the Gospel of John, late Second Temple Judaism, rabbinic and targumic traditions.

The successful applicant will:

· Have a good first degree in a relevant field and a postgraduate qualification or further relevant academic experience.

· Demonstrate the capability and diligence required to complete a PhD by research within the period of the award.

· Provide a clear statement of his/her proposed research topic in the field of New Testament Studies; he/she will be expected to offer an outline of the questions or problems to be addressed, and of the methods to be used, in the thesis.

· Have fluent English and an excellent knowledge of New Testament Greek. A reading knowledge of German is desirable.

· Be in a position to undertake teaching duties for the School, including New Testament Greek at Level 1 and New Testament Greek Texts at Levels 2 and 3.

Applicants should send a CV, the names and addresses of two referees familiar with their academic work, and a statement (max. 1000 words) outlining their proposed research topic to: Dr Eryl W. Davies, Head of the School of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Wales, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 2DG (email:; tel. 01248 382079).

The closing date for applications is 21 August, and we aim to inform our selected candidate by 1 September. The School may decide to interview candidates for this studentship as part of its selection process.

For further information, please contact either Dr Eryl W. Davies or Dr Catrin Williams (email:

SBL Review of Biblical Literature latest

Here is the latest from the SBL Review of Biblical Literature under the NT and related heading. (This is a combination of the last two postings of reviews, so nice and long).

Bock, Darrell L., and Gregory J. Herrick, eds.
Jesus in Context: Background Readings for Gospel Study
Reviewed by Michael Schufer

Holladay, Carl R.
A Critical Introduction to the New Testament: Interpreting the Message and Meaning of Jesus Christ
Reviewed by Jan van der Watt

Keener, Craig S.
1-2 Corinthians
Reviewed by Friedrich Horn

Lawrence, Louise J.
Reading with Anthropology: Exhibiting Aspects of New Testament Religion
Reviewed by David Watson

Lund, Jerome Alan
The Old Syriac Gospel of the Distinct Evangelists: A Key-Word-in-Context Concordance
Reviewed by Ignacio Carbajosa

Luz, Ulrich
Matthew 21-28
Reviewed by Edgar Krentz

Meeks, Wayne A.
Christ Is the Question
Reviewed by James D. G. Dunn

Olbricht, Thomas H., and Anders Eriksson, eds.
Rhetoric, Ethic, and Moral Persuasion in Biblical Discourse
Reviewed by Walter Vogels

Scaer, Peter J.
The Lukan Passion and the Praiseworthy Death
Reviewed by Robert Brawley

Weder, Hans
Tempo presente e signoria di Dio: La concezione del tempo in Gesù e nel cristianesimo delle origini
Reviewed by Johanna Brankaer

Harbin, Michael A.
The Promise and the Blessing: A Historical Survey of the Old and New Testaments
Reviewed by Clare Rothschild

Timpanaro, Sebastiano
The Genesis of Lachman's Method
Reviewed by Joseph Verheyden

François Bovon
Studies in Early Christianity
Reviewed by Joseph Verheyden

Douglas S. McComiskey
Lukan Theology in the Light of the Gospel's Literary Structure
Reviewed by Gert J. Steyn

Jack Pastor and Menachem Mor, eds.
The Beginnings of Christianity: A Collection of Articles
Reviewed by Ithamar Gruenwald

Robin Griffith-Jones
The Gospel according to Paul: The Creative Genius Who Brought Jesus to the World
Reviewed J. Brian Tucker

Richard Viladesau
The Beauty of the Cross: The Passion of Christ in Theology and the Arts--From the Catacombs to the Eve of the Renaissance
Reviewed by Hennie Stander

Lectureship in New Testament & Early Christian Studies, University of Groningen

This is posted on behalf of George van Kooten:


Job Vacancy

Faculty of Theology & Religious Studies, University of Groningen

The University of Groningen is the second oldest in The Netherlands and was established in 1614. The teaching programmes offered by the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies have been assessed as the best in the Netherlands (2006). Its research is deemed excellent, according to the latest review (2006). The principal research areas of the Faculty are: Jewish and Christian Traditions, Religion, Representation and Power and Meaning, Tradition and Change. There is a great deal of
interdisciplinary research.

University Lecturer in New Testament & Early Christian Studies

vacancynumber: 206150

Job description

The Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies seeks applications for a University Lecturer in New Testament & Early Christian Studies in the Department of Biblical Studies from 1 January 2007, or as soon as possible thereafter. The candidate appointed will be responsible for teaching New Testament & Early Christianity in the BA and MA programmes. His or her research will be in the field of New Testament & Early Christian Studies with a required specialism in: the Jewish context, heterodox early-Christian movements (e.g. Gnostic) and/or Patristics.


- PhD in relevant field;

- a dynamic and enthusiastic approach to his/her subject area;

- knowledge of innovative and pioneering research on the New Testament & Early Christianity in its ancient context;

- a demonstrable interest in interdisciplinary co-operation;

- excellent research skills, shown among other things by articles in leading academic journals or international publications;

- the ability to successfully compete for external research funding.

- excellent teaching skills;

- the capacity to contribute to BA and MA programmes in both theology and religious studies;

- the capacity to collaborate actively with the other members of Biblical Studies within the yearly Themes in Biblical Narrative conferences, the proceedings of which are published in the Brill series (;

- The willingness to participate actively in the producing of the /Review of Articles /of the /Journal for the Study of Judaism/, which is issued by the Qumran Institute of the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies of the University of Groningen;

Conditions of employment

The University of Groningen offers a salary, dependent on qualifications and work experience, of € 3024,- (scale 11) up to a maximum of € 4705,- (scale 12) gross per month for a full-time position, and 8% holiday allowance. The appointment will be on temporary basis for 1 year (probationary period) with the possibility of a permanent
position after the first year.

Further information

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor George van Kooten (E-mail: Further information
about the department and faculty are available via the faculty's website at:


Candidates whose main teaching and research experience is in any area relevant to the teaching and study of New Testament & Early Christianity are encouraged to apply.

You can apply for this job before 15 September 2006 by sending your application to:

University of Groningen
Personnel and Organization Department
P.O. Box 72
9700 AB Groningen
The Netherlands


When applying for this job always mention the vacancy number 206150.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Beyond Belief on Mary Magdalene

I interrupt my blogging holiday to note that while driving from Birmingham to South Derbyshire yesterday, it was a pleasure to catch my friend Bridget Gilfillan Upton on the latest Beyond Belief on Radio 4. (It's great being in the UK -- you can get Radio 4 just by switching on the radio in the car! You don't even have to have your laptop and an internet connection!). You can listen again here:

Beyond Belief: 24 July 2006

As well as Bridget Gilfillan Upton, there was a second woman whose name I have forgotten (sorry) and also Timothy Freke, whom I've met on a couple of occasions, most recently on a previous episode of Beyond Belief on Gnosticism.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Blogging holiday

I'm taking a break from blogging for the next few weeks, but I look forward to seeing y'all again later in the summer.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Tyndale Tech March 2006

One of the things mentioned in the Biblical Studies Bulletin 40 (see previous post) is the most recent Tyndale Tech from David Instone Brewer. A quick search shows that I have not blogged this previously, and it's certainly worth doing so:

Tyndale Tech: March 2006: Bibles in English and Ancient Languages on the Web

As usual, it's an excellent and informative post. I'd add just one thing:, which is a fantastic site for the Greek NT and tends to be the first place I go to these days.

Biblical Studies Bulletin 40

The latest Biblical Studies Bulletin, for June 2006, is now available on-line. It's edited by Michael Thompson at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, and is connected with Grove Books, and is always worth reading:

Biblical Studies Bulletin 40

There's one slightly troubling note to regular readers:
This is your opportunity to stand up and be counted! For ten years now I have spent roughly four days per year editing BSB. My boss and others are urging me to simplify my lifestyle. One way to do so would be to give up BSB. But would anyone miss it? If you think the tradition is worth continuing, please send a postcard or an email to me ( If I hear from thirty righteous people (not including Grove employees, group members, or Ridley Hall staff or students), before the next issue is due, I’ll keep doing this for a while. Otherwise, it’s the eschaton.
Here's my vote: please keep it going, Mike, if you can. I'd like to delay the eschaton.

By the way, the link on the main page to BSB 40 points to BSB 39, but I managed to sniff out the actual link.

Friday, July 07, 2006

More on the BBC Passion drama

The Stage today has the latest on the BBC's planned The Passion drama, due to air in 2008 (see previous, BBC plans big budget Jesus drama, 26 April 2006):

Prime Suspect’s Deasy to pen £4m Passion
Frank Deasy, one of the writers of Prime Suspect, will pen the BBC’s new £4 million drama The Passion, which is understood to be scheduled for 2008.

The mini-series will follow the week leading up to the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. Producer Nigel-Stafford Clark, who recently worked on the Corporation’s award-winning adaptation of Bleak House, told MediaGuardian that he had selected Deasy because he had an instinctive understanding of the task.

It is reported that the format will take the same soap opera scheduling approach as Bleak House - in half hour episodes each night.

The production, which was the brainchild of the BBC religion department, will also see input from new head of religion and ethics, Michael Wakelin, while Mark Goodacre, a British academic expert on Jesus, has also been engaged as a consultant.
Sounds like they've got some top people involved, then.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

E. W. Lummis, A Case Against "Q"

Some recent discussion on Synoptic-L led me to nibble around in some earlier twentieth century British Synoptic scholarship. The specific thing we were discussing was the reception of the Q scepticism of E. W. Lummis, whose How Luke was Written (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1915) anticipated Austin Farrer's On Dispensing with Q by some forty years. B. H. Streeter does not mention Lummis in The Four Gospels, in spite of the fact that he had earlier reviewed the book for the Journal of Theological Studies 17 (1915–1916): 125. Vincent Taylor does mention Lummis on several occasions, but he groups him together with Matthean priorist H. G. Jameson, The Origin of the Synoptic Gospels (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1922), and one is easily thrown off the scent, as I once was. See, for example, Vincent Taylor, The Synoptic Gospels, and Some Recent British Criticism, The Journal of Religion, Vol. 8, No. 2. (Apr., 1928): 225-246 (228). Others make the same mistake, e.g. Peter Head, Christology and the Synoptic Problem: An Argument for Markan Priority (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997), 17 and Edward C. Hobbs, A Quarter-Century Without "Q", 11 n. 4.

Now what was new to me was a reference in the above mentioned Vincent Taylor article to the effect that "Mr Lummis has recently defended his theory in the Hibbert Journal (July, 1925)" (228, n. 12). My good friend and fellow Q sceptic Jeff Peterson has kindly supplied me with a copy of the hitherto unknown (to us) article from the Hibbert Journal and it turns out that it has a great title and some very interesting content. Bibliographical details are:

The Rev. E. W. Lummis, D.D., "The Case Against 'Q'", Hibbert Journal 24 (1925-6): 755-65

It is my intention to make the article available on-line, on the assumption that it is now out of copyright (though I'll check), as I earlier made Farrer's and other Q sceptics' articles available on-line on my Case Against Q website. In the mean time, here are some choice quotations, with thanks to Jeff Peterson for transcribing:
"Many (if not most) theologians are unable to appreciate the law of probability. They are often, in fact, indignant at the introduction of such a peremptory thing as a mathematical argument into their guessing-game. A rigid measure ought not, they maintain, to be applied to an elastic material. But the value of the mathematical check is that it defines the degree of elasticity in the material. It disposes of the contention 'Since this material is elastic, we may stretch it as far as we please.'" (759)

"This imaginary document [Q] will not do the work for which it was invented unless it accounts for the non-Marcan community of Luke and Matthew in the Baptism, the Temptation, and certain other passages to which Mark presents a parallel. But when the common non-Marcan passages are detached it as at once to be seen that they cannot have stood in any document without connecting links, and the links which are logically required are precisely those which appear in due place in Matthew and Luke. These links, however, appear also in Mark. Hence it is held that Mark was acquainted with 'Q,' and that in these places his work represents a 'mutilation' or abridgement of 'Q.' . . . Now it can also be shown beyond reasonable doubt that the passage which occurs in Matthew iv.23–25 was made use of by Luke in his paraphrase of certain Marcan notices; and also that this passage is, in Matthew, a summary of those same Marcan notices. If 'Q' is to work, this passage, since it was known both to Matthew and to Luke, and is non-Marcan, must have appeared in 'Q.' That is to say, 'Q' must have contained a synopsis of certain consecutive passages in Mark. We obtain the curious result that Mark was familiar with 'Q,' and 'Q' was skillfuly avoided in Mark's supplementary work; but this supplementary work of Mark was at the same time a basis for a passage in 'Q.' One is reminded of Baron Munchausen sitting on his horse whle he lifts it by its ears out of the bog. The 'Q' hypothesis lands in an absurdity." (761)

"My grudge against 'Q' is this, that it inaugurated a vicious fashion in New Testament scholarship. Instead of obeying the tenor of facts that lay before them, scholars have taken to calling up imaginary documents out of the unknown. There is not the slightest scrap of evidence for 'Q,' or for 'Corrected Mark,' or for Dr Stanton's 'other documents' which served as sources both for Matthew and for Luke, or for such special selective assimilation sa he posits in the ancestral manuscripts of the New Testament. Such facile fabrications, invented to evade the clear suggestion of the actual texts as we have them, are a sin against learning. Nor can I understand the grounds of the obstinate refusal of divines to admit—in face of overwhelming evidence—that Luke was acquainted with Matthew." (761-2)

Silverscreen Beats 3 and 4

The third and fourth Silverscreen Beats programmes were broadcast on Radio 4 yesterday (15.45 BST) and today (15.45 BST) and they are now available on-line to listen again:

Jesus Christ Superstar (July 5)
Lyricist Tim Rice reveals that the movie only came about because the stage show was such a flop, and how Tom Jones inspired the title to the film.
Life of Brian (July 6)
Composer Geoffrey Burgon reveals how he wrote a traditional, serious score to counteract the comedy in a controversial film. Director Terry Jones admits that he was surprised that the song Always Look on the Bright Side became such a hit.
There are several contributions from me in both programmes. The last part, on The Last Temptation of Christ, is broadcast tomorrow.

Update (Friday, 10.54): see Matt Page's comments in Bible Films Blog: Silverscreen Beats: Godspell and Superstar and Silverscreen Beats: Life of Brian

Blogging as theological reflection round-up

It turns out that several have answered Francis Ward's Blogging as theological reflection questions. Here is a round-up:

NT Gateway Weblog (Mark Goodacre)
The Busybody (Loren Rosson)
postmodernbible (Pete Phillips)
Singing in the Reign (Michael Barber)
Ricoblog (Rick Brannan)
Sean the Baptist (Sean Winter)
Hypotyposeis (Stephen Carlson)
Thoughts on Antiquity (Chris Weimer)

Lots of interesting material there. Anyone else joining in?

Updated (Friday, 10.16): Sean the Baptist added above.

Updated (Saturday, 01.20): Hypotyposeis added above.

Updated (Saturday, 11.17): Thoughts on Antiquity added above.

Review of Biblical Literature latest

Latest from the SBL Review of Biblical Literature under the NT heading:

Paul, Dagmar J.
Untypische Texte im Matthäusevangelium? Studien zu Charakter, Funktion und Bedeutung einer Textgruppe des matthäischen Sonderguts
Reviewed by Boris Repschinski

Bolt, Peter G.
The Cross from a Distance: Atonement in Mark's Gospel
Reviewed by Elliott Maloney

Moloney, Francis J.
The Gospel of Mark: A Commentary
Reviewed by Heike Omerzu

Dunn, James D. G., and Scot McKnight, eds.
The Historical Jesus in Recent Research
Reviewed by Stephan Joubert

Polaski, Sandra Hack
A Feminist Introduction to Paul
Reviewed by Holly Hearon

Osiek, Carolyn, Margaret Y. MacDonald, and Janet H. Tulloch
A Woman's Place: House Churches in Earliest Christianity
Reviewed by Jorunn Økland

Sturcke, Henry
Encountering the Rest of God: How Jesus Came to Personify the Sabbath
Reviewed by Boris Repschinski

Pascuzzi, Maria A.
First and Second Corinthians
Reviewed by Reimund Bieringer

Thurston, Bonnie B., and Judith Ryan
Philippians & Philemon
Reviewed by Jeremy Punt

Bartholomew, Craig G., Joel B. Green, and Anthony Thiselton, eds.
Reading Luke: Interpretation, Reflection, Formation
Reviewed by John Squires

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Muilenberg on John

The latest addition to the Gospel of John: Articles page is:

James Muilenberg, “Literary Form in the Fourth Gospel”, Journal of Biblical Literature 51 (1932): 40-53

It's many thanks to Rob Bradshaw at for this. He has also made available the following:

F.F. Bruce, "The Chester Beatty Papyri," The Harvester 11 (1934): 163, 164

One of these days I'll have to add a page for TC articles and then I can catalogue pieces like this too.

[Update, Thursday, 21.11: I had intended this as the first in a fresh series of "link a day" posts but I realised today that I didn't have the energy for it. But the feature will return soon, I hope.]

Busybody anniversary round-up

Happy bloggiversary to Loren Rosson's The Busybody. Loren celebrates with a Looking Back post including some interesting highlights from the past year.

While catching up, I notice too that Loren has answered Francis Ward's Questions about blogging (see my answers). I haven't seen anyone else tackle these yet. Any takers?

Silverscreen Beats 2: Godspell

The second episode of Silverscreen Beats was broadcast yesterday afternoon, the topic Godspell. You can listen on-line here:

Silverscreen Beats: Godspell
Miles Jupp presents a series looking at music in movies about Jesus.

Composer Stephen Schwartz reveals that he took five weeks to write the classic songs such as Day By Day. Another song, Beautiful City, became the unofficial anthem of the World Trade Centre disaster, and virtually all the words in Godspell are derived from the New Testament.
There is a bit more of me in there. I sound quite chirpy; I do remember enjoying the interview, as it happens.

Biblioblog of the month: Dave Black

Thanks to Brandon Wason and Jim West for this month's Blogger of the Month feature, on Dave Black, round the corner from me at the Southeast Baptist Theological Seminary:

Dave Black: Blogger of the Month for July 2006

I am grateful to Dave for his kind words about my blog. I also like the description of himself as "incurably eclectic".

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Biblical Studies Carnival VII

Like others in the biblioblogging community, I warmly welcome the latest Biblical Studies Carnival, produced over on Daily Hebrew by Chip Hardy:

Biblical Studies Carnival VII

As regular readers will know, I am a big fan of the Biblical Studies Carnivals -- they are an ideal way of catching up on the latest in the ever-expanding biblioblogosphere and we are all greatly in the debt of those like Chip Hardy who have done great jobs. Indeed this month I've been pleased to discover Chip Hardy's Daily Hebrew blog, which is new to me and which I have added to my blogroll (though it has about 4,000 different RSS feeds and I don't know if I've got a good one). But I want to add a point this month of (mild) criticism and (stronger) confession. The point of criticism is that I think there is a possible danger that the Biblical Studies Carnivals are over-dependent on the submissions made by individual bloggers. I say this because I think there are some great blog posts that are getting missed, indeed entire blogs that never get mentioned. And this is where I want to add my point of stronger self-criticism and confession: I have never yet submitted anything to any of the Carnivals. I often talk about them and always advertise them, but somehow I never get round to submitting anything. I know that in my own case it's a certain self-effacing shyness at submitting anything I've written. In the case of recommending other people's blogs, it's sheer laziness. I just don't get round to doing it.

So this is partly a memo to self: in future make more of an effort to submit materials. And it is partly a call to others: do try to keep the Carnivals strong by submitting your favourite materials, especially in others' blogs. I think this is important as the blogosphere continues to expand because we will not always be able to rely on the time and ability of those like Chip Hardy who are putting good carnival posts together.

Marcionism in Washington Times article on Cash

There's an enjoyable review of Johnny Cash's last album, American V: A Hundred Highways, in The Washington Times today, in which the author drifts into Marcionism:

Cash bares his soul on final recording
By Adam Mazmanian
Though the star's profound Christian faith is known to fans of his music, people who know Mr. Cash through the 2005 biopic " Walk the Line" will be forgiven for not understanding the extent to which themes of sin and forgiveness, prayers to God and references to prophecy inform not only in his lyrics but in his posture and tone. Like much of his recent work, the songs written and covered by Mr. Cash exhibit a tension between the wrathful God of the Bible's Old Testament and the forgiving son of God in the New Testament.
It's a shame that so blatant a piece of Marcionism is stated as if a self-evident truth, and it's another good reason why education about Biblical Studies and early Christian history is good for you.

Goodacres make it to Duke News

We made it to Duke News recently, for watching and blogging on the World Cup:

World Cup Fever
Duke community joins global facination [sic] of soccer
By Rony Camille
One Duke family that still has a rooting interest in the outcome is the Goodacres, who emigrated from Birmingham, England, last September. Mark Goodacre, an associate professor of religion, and his wife Viola are blogging about their experiences in America (, but also commenting about the games, the quality of the broadcasters and other World Cup-related topics.

For example, Viola recently wrote that she remains concerned about her favorite team, even though the English team has advanced to the quarter-finals: “As for England, we finished top of our group. Even so, during each of their matches, I couldn't help thinking that they needed someone to light a fire under them to get them going.”
Ah, that already seems like a long time ago now, and no one ever got around to lighting that fire.

More Americanizing

The latest in my series of posts on "How to Cope without British TV and Radio" on The Americanization of Emily is on-line at:

How to Cope Without British TV and Radio: Wimbledon Supplement

Miracles of Jesus Documentary

Also on Bible Films Blog, Matt Page notes that there is a New BBC Documentary Series -- "The Miracles of Jesus". Details are on the BBC Religion and Ethics website here:

The Miracles of Jesus

The series is produced and directed by Jean-Claude Bragard, with whom I once appeared on Channel 4's The Big Breakfast. As Matt notes, he was behind the successful series Son of God (Jesus: The Complete Story in the US). He also directed St Paul and several other key BBC Religion and Ethics programme. I've been asked in correspondence if I was involved with The Miracles of Jesus and the answer is: yes, but only unofficially. I spent some time with Jean-Claude and with Anna Cox discussing the series a couple of years ago in Birmingham, and have had extended phone calls and email correspondence with them since then, and with series researchers, especially David Waters. I was also a reader for the series book by Michael Symmons Roberts (picture left). On this occasion I did not make it to the final mix, as it were, either as consultant or participant, but I look forward to seeing it. If I remember correctly, the US version has already aired on Discovery.

Silverscreen Beats

Over on Matthew Page's Bible Films Blog (note originating in Peter Chattaway's Filmchat: Jesus Movie Soundtracks on the BBC), there's a post about a new BBC Radio 4 programme:

Silverscreen Beats

It is on all this week at 3.45 pm BST, five episodes at 15 minutes each, taking the music for King of Kings, Godspell, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Life of Brian and The Last Temptation of Christ. You can listen again from the link above. Matt asks:
As for the series as a whole, I suspect it is a repeat. Certainly before Mark Goodacre's brief quote he is introduced as being from Birmingham University which would make it at least a year old! If that is the case, it's a very much welcome one.
Well, the clip of me speaking, as well as a lot of the rest of the content, is taken from a BBC Scotland documentary broadcast on Easter Day 2004 and entitled Silverscreen Superstar. I blogged on it briefly at the time (Silverscreen Superstar, 15 April 2004). I didn't know about the new version, so I am interested to see how it pans out and whether they'll be using any more of me in it.