Thursday, February 14, 2013

More Bible Series News and Video Clips

It's been a week or two since I've posted anything on the forthcoming History Channel Series The Bible, executive produced by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey.  I and several others (including Helen Bond, Paula Gooder, Candida Moss and Craig Evans) acted as academic consultants on the series.  An extended trailer is now available here:

Several more clips are also available on Youtube. This is from episode 1 about Abraham and features interview footage with British actor Gary Oliver who plays Abraham:

I love the fact that he remembers watching Zeffirelli's Jesus of Nazareth when he was eleven, which means that he is a similar age to me -- and that was a memorable experience in my life too.

This video is in the same format -- interview footage with British actor Lonyo Engele who plays, rather appropriately, the Guardian Angel, also in the first episode. He also talks about how he has seven angel tattoos on his body! There is some footage here of the destruction of Sodom.

This one is in the same format again, an interview with British actress Kierston Wareing who plays Delilah in Episode 3, along with footage from that episode. There are some interesting reflections here on the accent she used; she is an Eastenders actress who has a cockney-sounding accent but she wants to make sure that she can be understood by the American audience:

From the same episode, British actress Sharon Duncan-Brewster plays Samson's mother. There are again video clips and she talks about how she had to sit in the make-up chair for hours when she is aged.

And the great thing about Sharon Duncan-Brewster is that she has also appeared in Doctor Who, in the 2009 tenth doctor "special" "Waters of Mars".

Lots more stuff is appearing regularly on The Bible Series website including useful episode summaries.  I will continue to post blog updates here as these new publicity materials appear.  Previous posts under this label: The Bible Series.  See also Facebook and Twitter.


Anonymous said...

Can't stand re-enactments. they are far too human, too western, too interpretive and most of the scholars involved are NOT Christian

Anonymous said...

I should also add, that they are unfactual. Take for example Noah's realization that God is speaking to him. He would not be surprised or astonished because the biblical text tells us that he was a righteous man. He already had a relationship with God thus God speaking to him would not be like it is depicted in that awful trailer.

If any television network or filmmaker wants to do something on the Bible they need to go to real Christians not scholars for their advisers. The majority of scholars do not know God nor the truth and all they are doing is wasting everyone's time with their inaccurate ideas about the Bible and its people.

Mike Gantt said...
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Mike Gantt said...

For those who don't have access to the History Channel, are there any other ways to view this series?