Lifetime readies “Women of The Bible” special

U.S. net Lifetime is readying a two-hour special entitled The Women of The Bible, from producers Roma Downey (pictured) and Mark Burnett, that will air on December 7.
October 29, 2014

U.S. net Lifetime is readying a two-hour special entitled The Women of The Bible from producers Roma Downey (pictured) and Mark Burnett, to air on December 7.

Downey, who once acted in the religious drama Touched by an Angel, narrates the special, which retells stories from The Bible from the perspectives of the women who figure in it.

Produced by Burnett and Downey’s prodco Lightworkers Media, which was consolidated into the MGM-owned United Artists Media Group in September, the special will also feature interviews with high-profile women in the religious community, such as Priscilla Shirer, co-founder of Going Beyond Ministries, and Victoria Osteen, co-pastor of Lakewood Church.

“The Bible is an inspiring source of some of the most timeless stories known today and what lies within it are important narratives about the women who play a vital role in faith,” said Robert Sharenow, executive VP and GM of Lifetime, in a statement. “There’s no one better than Mark Burnett and Roma Downey to create this special.”

Downey added: “Women have obviously played such an important role in biblical history and Mark and I are excited to shine a light on these individual stories through the eyes of some of today’s most incredible women of faith.”

The Women of The Bible will be exec produced by Downey and Burnett, and is set to air on December 7, at 7 p.m. EST/PST. UAMG retains some rights, including video and international distribution rights, the latter of which will go to MGM.

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