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“The Real Jesus of Nazareth” comes to Smithsonian Channel

The Smithsonian Channel is airing a new series that delves into the historical figure who inspired Christianity. In the four-part series The Real Jesus of Nazareth, actor Robert Powell will visit ...
March 29, 2017

The Smithsonian Channel is airing a new series that delves into the historical figure who inspired Christianity.

In the four-part series The Real Jesus of Nazareth, actor Robert Powell will visit the Holy Land, seeking clues to learn more about Jesus.

Powell portrayed the Son of God in the 1977 miniseries, Jesus of Nazareth. The original series featured a cast of blockbuster stars, including Sir Laurence Olivier and James Earl Jones. The series has become an Easter and Christmas television tradition for many, and is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

The Real Jesus of Nazareth will draw parallels between the scripted depiction of the biblical story and real history, breaking down the life of Jesus and the world he lived in. It combines scenes from the landmark series with Powell’s journey throughout modern Israel, where he meets archaeologists and scholars who help him reconstruct the story of the man who changed history and inspired billions.

The series is produced by Impossible Factual for Smithsonian Networks. The executive producers for Impossible Factual are Jonathan Drake and Steve Maher. John Cavanagh, Charles Poe and David Royle serve as executive producers for Smithsonian Channel. The four-part series will premiere on Easter Sunday, April 16, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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