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Manchester Passion (2006)

The story of Jesus Christ's last few hours told through the meaning of music by Manchester musicians.


Phil Chilvers


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Keith Allen ... Presenter / Pontius Pilate
Darren Morfitt Darren Morfitt ... Jesus
Denise Johnson Denise Johnson ... Mary
Tim Booth ... Judas
Nicholas R. Bailey ... Peter (as Nicholas Bailey)
Chris Bisson ... Barabbas (as Christopher Bisson)
Debbie Bowers Debbie Bowers ... Peter's accuser #1
Anna French Anna French ... Peter's accuser #2
Danny Thornton Danny Thornton ... Peter's accuser #3
Andy McGowan Andy McGowan ... Thief / fellow prisoner
Ian Gregg Ian Gregg ... Thief / fellow prisoner
Eamonn O'Dwyer Eamonn O'Dwyer ... Man In Van
Tony Wilson Tony Wilson ... Self (as Anthony Wilson)
Sam Brackenbury Sam Brackenbury ... Disciple
Jason Jump Jason Jump ... Disciple


The last hours of Jesus Christ's life told through the meaning of music from some of Manchester's greatest musicians: New Order, Oasis and The Smiths to name but a few. Written by Stuart Gray

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Drama | Music | Musical


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Amazing "experiment"
13 October 2008 | by tonywalkSee all my reviews

This was a performance created by the BBC's unit that had already created the wonderful Flashmob Opera programmes which took existing opera arias, changing the words of them, and melding them into a whole story from the distinctive parts.

The Manchester Passion was broadcast live on the BBC's digital platform only channel BBC3.

The streets of central Manchester were the stage for the performance with TV cameras following the performers as they moved round the City Centre. A large crowd were present in Albert Square in front of the Town Hall where Keith Allen "hosted" the event.

The music of (mainly) Manchester provided the filling for the story using the themes and lyrics of the songs to tell the story of Jesus's betrayal, execution and resurrection.

The whole event was magnificent and at certain poignant moments, very moving. At the time varying religious groupings, both Christian and non-Christian expressed favourable opinions on the event.

I cannot understand why the BBC does not release a DVD of the event as it really deserves a much wider audience.

The BBC tried to repeat the success of the Manchester event by doing a "Liverpool Nativity", but whilst watchable, it never reached the quality of the previous one.

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14 April 2006 (UK) See more »

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