The Bible to head to UK shores
The Bible is set to be shown on British screens.
The hit American TV series, which dramatises some of the Holy Book's most famous tales, will be shown on Channel 5 in the autumn.
The 10-part, five-hour show, based on the Old and New Testaments, became a surprise hit when it aired on the History Channel in the US in March, drawing in over 13 million viewers and beating US favourite American Idol in the ratings.
Created and produced by Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, The Bible combines live action and state-of-the-art computer-generated imagery with the "unforgettable and profound stories" including Noah's Ark and the Exodus, to Daniel in the Lion's Den and the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado portrays Jesus, with Roma as his mother Mary among an international ensemble cast.
Marie-Claire Dunlop, acquisitions and channel manager of Channel 5, said: "The show has been nothing short of a sensation, watched by millions of people in the States. To have it on Channel 5 is incredibly exciting - these are stories that can't fail to draw you in."