I haven’t had a chance to watch any of The Passion from the BBC yet, and while I have heard a couple of grumbles about Biblical and theological accuracy most of the comments I have heard have been very positive.  Andrew Graystone on EvangelismUK sums up reviews from across the press:

  • Daily Express – Page 15 – Hickey – Fresh from plaudits which are already pouring in for his portrayal of Jesus in BBC 1’s new drama The Passion which began last night, actor Joseph Mawle is preparing to star in a new play with a similarly Biblical theme at Islington’s Almeida Theatre.
  • The Times – T 2 Page 19  – Greatest Story Told Again – Joseph Mawle, the hard of hearing actor from Soundproof, plays him as meek, mild and hangdog, as self-questioning as Hamlet. That had to be wrong.  If He did not believe He was 100 per cent He was right how could He have persuaded everyone else?  I longed for the panache of Dennis Potter, who took a grip of this story in his 1969 Play For Today: Son Of Man and made Jesus a political revolutionary.  But the proof of the Passion will undoubtedly be its crucifixion scene.
  • The Independent – Extra Page 22 – Last Weekend’s TV – Don’t Pass Over This Easter Treat – If you believe Christ is your redeemer I can’t so far see anything in The Passion that would have affronted that faith.  And if you don’t, it’s account of the politics of a week that was crucial in world history proved surprisingly gripping.
  • The Guardian – G2 Page 31 – The Easter story goes real-time in the BBC’s down and dirty new adaptation – and it’s brilliant.  There’s a vitality and realness about the whole thing that you rarely find with this story.  A passion, you could even say, in another sense of the word.
  • The Guardian – G2 – Page 31 – picture – You could watch The Passion and totally forget that this story was central to a major world religion.  And that’s good.
  • Daily Telegraph – Page 30 – The Weekend On Television – A faithful retelling? – The programme provided exactly the kind of intelligent and engaging drama you’d expect from a series written by Frank Deasy and produced by Nigel Stafford-Clark.
  • Daily Star – Mike Ward On Telly – I must confess the whole thing goes way over my head.  Try as I might during last night’s opening episode, I couldn’t see beyond a load of identical-looking beardy blokes in bits of old sack.
  • Daily Express – Page 51 – Television Express – Gritty take on Easter epic – A lavish enterprise with the production values of a feature film and a cast of known faces from the small screen who fit remarkably well into grimy biblical garb, it is clearly a serious attempt to set the Passion story in a convincing historical context, aiming at believers and not-believers alike.
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0 thoughts on “Children’s Talks – What We’re Aiming At”

  1. Hi Chris

    I’ve got one thought and one question.

    The thought or comment was that the children’s talk should not be seen in isolation from the rest of the service. Whether that means that it should relate to what the adults will be doing later on in the service, or be an introduction to what the children will be doing later on, is a question that’s up for discussion – but I like the idea of a children’s talk which somehow fits in with something else, rather than another random element in the service.

    The question relates to the age at which we pitch what we say – the youngest child, or at some midpoint in the age of the children and young people?

  2. Hi Big D

    I agree with your thought, I think it is really important that it is another piece in the jigsaw that is the service. Personally I think it is more helpful for it to link with what the young people will be doing, so that it can give a starting point for conversations over the lunch table for families.

    With regards to age I think that you need to bear in mind the lowest denominator (be that age and/or level of knowledge and faith) but it also has to bear in mind the context. At the moment for our Sunday services we are mainly thinking about a bunch of 12-13 year olds who are mainly from a non-Church background and prioritising them over our smaller group of 6-9 year olds.

    Hope those thoughts help,


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