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BBC Nativity drama this Christmas

The BBC will be showing a dramatised version of the Nativity on BBC1 this Christmas

The BBC has now announced the schedule for its Nativity drama. It will be broadcast on BBC1 in four episodes of 30 minutes each. The first one will be on Monday 20th December at 7pm. Then it will be at the same time on the following three nights, ending on Thursday 23rd December at 7pm. This is the slot normally occupied by The ONE Show, which has an average audience of around 5 million viewers.

The series has been written by Tony Jordan, a leading figure in television drama who also wrote Life on Mars and has written for Eastenders, and the cast includes Peter Capaldi (The Thick of It) and Andrew Buchan (Garrow's Law, Cranford).

The Church and Media Network has produced a website with information about the series, ideas and resources for how churches can use it, and space for comments and reviews. You will find it at

There was no religious motive in producing this drama, but it is to be celebrated that the BBC has chosen to re-tell this story for an audience of millions, which provides an opportunity for churches and individuals to talk about Jesus and what his birth means for the world.


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