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City's Passion shown live on TV

A contemporary re-telling of the Passion of Christ story will be televised live from noon.

The Preston Passion will combine live performance, music and pre-recorded drama.

Fern Britton will host the live event, which will be broadcast on BBC from Preston city centre at midday.

As well as anchoring the live event, Britton will introduce three short pre-recorded dramas, which will be shown simultaneously on a big screen in Preston and on BBC1. All three dramas have been recently filmed in Preston and at other locations around the North West.

Documentaries will be themed around the Passion of Christ, with inspiration drawn from the real lives of Preston residents, now and in the past.

The three documentaries will culminate in a live extravaganza which is set to include thousands of residents.

In addition to local choirs singing traditional Easter music, large-scale choreographed crowd movements across the city will re-create "human crosses". It will also include contemporary dance pieces and traditional local brass band music.

To close Preston Passion's live programme of performance, MOBO award-winning singer Jamelia will be performing Candy Staton's gospel classic You Got The Love. Jamelia agreed to take part in the Preston Passion earlier this week when M People singer Heather Small had to withdraw due to acute respiratory infection.

Creative producer of the Preston Passion Mike Smith said: "We are delighted and very grateful that Jamelia has kindly agreed to join us at short notice for this key part of the event.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank Heather for all the support she has given the Preston Passion over the past few months and I hope that she makes a speedy recovery."

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