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.