Forty years after the 1977 miniseries Jesus of Nazareth premiered, the Smithsonian Channel has greenlit The Real Jesus Of Nazareth, a four-part series which will debut sometime next year. The show follows Robert Powell, the British actor who played Jesus in the original, as he returns to the Holy Land to seek out clues to the real historical figure who inspired Christianity.
“Jesus of Nazareth is a cultural phenomenon, and essentially created a new image of Jesus for the television age,” said David Royle, Smithsonian Channel’s Executive VP of Programming and Production. “It’s a privilege to have gained access to the original film footage and Robert Powell’s unique connection to this story makes him a wonderful and insightful guide to the historical Jesus and the Holy Land.”
The limited series will combine scenes from the classic 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.
Impossible Factual is producing the series for Smithsonian Networks with Jonathan Drake and Steve Maher serving as exec producers. John Cavanagh, Charles Poe and David Royle will executive produce for Smithsonian Channel.