BBC One to show The Great North Passion

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BBC One will host a live adaptation of the Passion story from South Shields in north-east England this Good Friday.

The retelling, which marks the last moments of Jesus' life, will involve the use of several shipping containers that will form a large cross-shaped installation.

In the months prior to broadcast, the steel boxes will be situated across the north-east and transformed by artists to reflect the spirit of the local community. They will also be used to represent the Stations of the Cross.

The Great North Passion will be the latest live BBC retelling of the Easter story, following previous Passions in Preston two years ago and in Manchester in 2006.

Event TV

Aaqil Ahmed, head of BBC Religion and Ethics, said: "The Great North Passion shows exactly how committed the BBC is to making accessible and ground-breaking religious programming and we're delighted that this year's broadcast will be coming from the north-east.

"This is event television at its best, working with local partners, community groups, artists, performers and the wider BBC to deliver a programme that not only marks Easter significantly, but also for as wide an audience as possible."

The one-hour broadcast will be made in-house in partnership with arts organisation The Cultural Spring.

It will be held in Bents Park in South Shields on 18 April, and will be executive produced by Mike Smith with Aaqil Ahmed.

Bents Park The Great North Passion will be broadcast from Bents Park in South Shields

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