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Tony Jordan's Nativity: I play Mary

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Tatiana Maslany Tatiana Maslany | 18:11 UK time, Monday, 20 December 2010

I knew immediately that The Nativity was a special script. I was fascinated by Tony Jordan's complicated, human portrayal of these iconic characters.

I think you will be drawn in, as I was, by the story's accessibility. It is universal.

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I loved that Mary wasn't written as a perfect, saintly being, which had been my image of her as I grew up.

In the script, she was very real, very fallible - a girl with innocence, confusion and doubt, and also great courage and faith. She was complicated.

The role was a challenge, both daunting and exciting. It felt like a huge responsibility because Mary symbolises so much to so many people.

I did a lot of research about her and then I tried to forget that she becomes the mother of God.

Instead I explored the fact that she was an ordinary child, in wonder of the world around her, faced with an extraordinary journey.

Coky Giedroyc's intelligent, artful direction kept me grounded in that reality.

My first day on set, I was filming a scene with the lovely Frances Barber (Elizabeth) - we were both sitting in the sand and I could feel the heat of it on my bare feet and the desert sun beating down on my head and everything just sort of fell into place.

It was a visceral experience that connected me to the story, the character.

All of the cast were so talented, so skilled at their craft, and every day on set I soaked up as much as I could working with these veteran performers.

Andy Buchan (Joseph) kept me on my toes everyday - he's an incredible actor, a real explorer. And funny too. We often tried to one-up each other with our David Brent impressions.

Even though the material was mostly heavy, there were, of course, lighter moments while we were filming.

Tatiana Maslany as Mary and Andrew Buchan as Joseph

Clara, our mostly faithful donkey, would get bored and run off during takes, Obi Abili (Gaspar) nearly fell off his rather unruly, yelling, projectile spitting camel and I can't even count how many sheep sneezed over our lines during the quiet, intimate scenes in the manger.

We filmed for a month in Ouarzazate, Morocco, an incredible place, and became very much a family. I had never been anywhere like North Africa before.

I loved the languages, the music, the food. I think I sweated off most of my body weight and I bet you can feel the intense heat watching the series.

I want to go back again, but this time without the responsibility (and enormous privilege) of carrying the son of God.

Tatiana Maslany plays Mary in The Nativity.

The Nativity starts on Monday, 20 December at 9pm on BBC One.

For further programme times please visit the upcoming episodes page.

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  • Comment number 1.

    Just watched the first episode of 'Nativity' absolutely brilliant can hardly wait for the next part - well done BBC

  • Comment number 2.

    I have just watched 'Nativity' and loved the sensitive portrayal of this story in history.
    Thank you. Can't wait for Episode 2.

  • Comment number 3.

    I have never commented on any programmes before. I have just watched the first episode, so impressed. I am looking forward to sharing it with my children tomorrow. I really thought the presentation brought the story to life. Having heard Tony Jordan interviewed about the programme I had high expectations as he really seemed to have considered the different characters and their reason for being part of the story. I am not disappointed. Top job

  • Comment number 4.

    What a brilliant programme. Already I wish it didn't have to stop on Thursday. Definitely the best religious broadcast ever.

  • Comment number 5.

    I am so delighted that the BBC have put this wonderful programme on our screens and at 7.00pm, when families can watch together. I was spell bound - the locations; the colourful cotumes; the acting - loved it!

  • Comment number 6.

    I am delighted to see that my views are echoed by so many others. I do hope that the BBC will allow the general public to have regular access to this series via a DVD. The atmosphere in episode one is so special. I was sceptical before I began to watch it but was enthralled. Well done BBC, Tony Jordan, cast (whether stars or otherwise) and the whole production team.

  • Comment number 7.

    Brilliant stuff, really done well. Looking forward to Episode 2

  • Comment number 8.

    I don't watch a lot of TV programmes and I don't think I've ever posted a comment on here about one, but I just felt I had to congratulate the BBC on The Nativity. Doing a very well-known story, the most famous in the whole Bible, can't be easy but this one is fresh, realistic, well acted and beautifully produced. It involves you in the characters and makes you wonder what it was really like. I'm hooked!

  • Comment number 9.

    Absolutely cracking. Well done Beeb. Well done Tony Jordan. It's about time the Nativity was given some grown-up treatment like this. Brilliant! Thank you.

  • Comment number 10.

    Absolutely wonderful! Fabulous writing. I was pleasantly surprised by the sensitivity being shown to the story. We are so used to Christianity being ridiculed. Love the theme of the bridge from Heaven to earth which is exactly what it is all about and the magi using the allegory of the father intervening. So refreshing! Write more Tony Jordan - please! Do the full story! Well done BBC

  • Comment number 11.

    We have thoroughly enjoyed this sensitive portrayal of the nativity. Tony Jordan has managed to capture the story from each characters perspective. How refreshing for the Christmas story to be given this prime time viewing. Congratulations to all involved.

  • Comment number 12.

    Just brilliant having both Mary and Joseph fleshed out from the accounts of Luke and Matthew. Thank you.

  • Comment number 13.

    So far I have found this moving and beautiful production a delight. Tatiana Maslany's portrayal of Mary is mesmerising. Amidst the over-stuffed Christmas scheduling this stark, simple, profound story has been a real blessing.

  • Comment number 14.

    Have watched the first two episodes so far and am very impressed. I'm really pleased it that the story has been shown in a manner faithful to the account in the New Testament, but I also have to say that I am really impressed with the actors who play Mary and Joseph (Tatiana Maslany and Andrew Buchan). Excellent stuff.

  • Comment number 15.

    Thank you so much, BBC, for this moving and biblically accurate portrayal of the nativity. It is wonderful that you have given this such a prominent position in your Christmas schedules. carry on the good work of putting 'Christ' back into Christmas!

    Wonderful Stuff!!!

  • Comment number 16.

    This is most beautifully done - Mary and Joseph are wonderful and memorable in their parts. Can we get a DVD later on?

  • Comment number 17.

    I'm so glad that the BBC is finally showing a Nativity story on TV. I can honestly say this show is wonderful and I really feel like it's Christmas for the first time in this country. Congratulations BBC and keep up the good work!

  • Comment number 18.

    My husband and I have so much enjoyed the first two episodes. This series must certainly have great appeal to children and adults, to Christians, non-Christians and to those who have no religious belief at all. Please, Aunty, may we have some more of the same. How about a similar series about the history of Judaism or Islam or Buddhism for example.

  • Comment number 19.

    Such a beautiful dramatisation! Thank you so much BBC and well done for broadcasting this, at a time when Christianity is far from fashionable, even at this time of year. Like others here, this is the first time I've commented on a TV programme and I also can't wait for the next episodes and don't want it to end. Last night's episode was brilliant. Mary's humanity and God's amazing rescue mission were suddenly brought to life in a completely new and relatable way.

    Thank you - and I trust this will become available on DVD? (and might I suggest a similar Easter Story and other Bible story portrayals to come?!)

  • Comment number 20.

    Thank you BBC for this wonderful series. I can't believe how the story of the Nativity has been so well portrayed that I can't wait for the next episode. The acting is wonderful and it gives a very fresh and interesting view of what Mary and Joseph may have felt. Fabulous!

  • Comment number 21.

    This is a simply amazing series for all of the reasons expressed by other viewers As someone who has been a Christian all my life, this has brought a very familiar, fundamental part of my faith not just into vivid relief but it has also drawn out new dimensions and meanings, something which even the most skilled clergymen struggle to achieve in Sunday services. Most of all, however, thank-you BBC for making this prime-time viewing and for re-aligning the focus of Christmas...

  • Comment number 22.

    Both my wife and I are thorougly enjoying this wonderful production of the Nativity.
    But why oh! why does the BBC shoot itself in the foot so often? Immediately after episode 2 finished there was an advert for another programme and children singing
    "Twinkle twinkle little star and shit hitting them in the eye" Has common sense gone out of the window? Is this rubbish really necessary at this time - especially in a childrens' programme?

  • Comment number 23.

    Really loving this version of the Nativity. As others have said, so good to have a grown-up version shown.

    Two niggles
    1 Where was Mary's "Fiat" - Behold the handmaid of the Lord, let it be done unto me according to thy word?

    2 What happened the Magnificat when Mary visited Elizabeth?

    These two parts are really essential to the story.

    In spite of these, well done to the writer and the whole cast - very well written and acted, with really good pace about it. This will surly become a classic retelling of the story.

  • Comment number 24.

    All this user's posts have been removed.Why?

  • Comment number 25.

    A wonderful production,well acted and portrayed I hope to see this programme repeated.Well done to all who produced,took part in anyway in the making of The Nativity

  • Comment number 26.

    A great portrayal of a familiar story. The characters are very real, very human, and draw you into the story, equally the language is contemporary making it more relevant to a modern day audience, whilst the settings are also interesting and realistic. Thank you for bringing the nativity story alive in a new way.

  • Comment number 27.

    Its OK but the entire Magi story is frankly more mythical than anything else. So putting it centre stage and making it all up gets in the way. Actors are brilliant but pardon me - they are virtually all white, anglo saxons. Is this a Victorian rendition then?

  • Comment number 28.

    Most enjoyable - with excellent writing and acting. 'The Nativity' is an outstanding production

  • Comment number 29.

    Absolutely awesome, mesmerising, challenging, original and sensitive - I hope this has helped many people focus on the lead up to Xmas and great shout to whoever called the scheduling, I hope the viewing figures are doing it justice

  • Comment number 30.

    Thank you for this wonderful programme. As a christian it is like a breath of fresh air. It has made me cry, laugh, and look forward to every minute of it.

  • Comment number 31.

    The Tony Jordan's nativity brings to life the true meaning of Christmas, it has been beautifully presented, wonderfully acted, and I congratulate everyone involved. Through this week I hope and pray that people will come to know that Jesus is the reason for the season.

  • Comment number 32.

    What a fantastic series! I hope the BBC show it every year. A very realistic and fair portrayal of the nativity story. Our son is keen to watch it with us every evening. Thank you the BBC! More please!

  • Comment number 33.

    A great series! What a perfect show to have lined up for us during this festive time, I never really thought about the story of Mary and Jospeh since my childhood and what a way to bring it back to life. I love how you play Mary and I'm a massive fan of Andy Buchan through Garrow's Law, I agree with the post above me, I wouldn't mind at all if you were to repeat this every Christmas BBC :p

  • Comment number 34.

    I've just watched the third episode and I'm loving this. I've been a Christian over 10 years. I'm in my honours year studying a BA in Biblical and Intercultural Studies. So far I've found this a faithful, relevant, thought-provoking interpretation.

    This is only my second time ever commenting on a blog but I just had to congratulate the BBC, especially for taking the courageous decision to run with this series and show it on prime time. Please can we have more like this and this series on DVD?

    Thank you and bless you BBC!

  • Comment number 35.

    My daughter and I have been watching the adaptation avidly and we have been both mesmerised and moved. It's been such a wonderful experience to sit together having the benefit of Tony Jordan's visual experience each evening. We are fairly regular Anglican worshippers but having this has allowed a greater empathy with the main characters and to consider their own feelings. My daughter (who is 5) is able to ask questions and we have explored issues which have not so far come to light in our traditional religious experience this Christmas so far.

    Hopefully this will make our Christian experience more informed. It would be good if people realised how we can all become reflective through considering our own faith in God and in ourselves.

    Overall, well done to the actors and the writers for a wonderful series. The costumes, lighting and colours are truly spectacular. Hopefully this will be on television again, although we have been watching the iplayer versions anyway, so we can enjoy it all over again!

    Well done to all. DVD please!

  • Comment number 36.

    Nativity is so beautiful, thought provoking, and the acting superb.
    I hope it's going to be brought out as one continuous film on DVD- please. :o)

  • Comment number 37.

    Just one word - OUTSTANDING
    Well done the whole team

  • Comment number 38.

    I absolutely love this first episode! It is such a refreshing and well researched script. I love the reality of the characters, the honesty of the questions asked by the characters, and a take on the magi that I've not come across before, but that seems to fit! Looking forward to the rest of the series! Thanks everyone involved!

  • Comment number 39.

    We are enthralled by this adaptation of The Nativity - it has really brought the story alive for us and we can't wait for the next episode. Tony Jordan and the BBC have done a brilliant job and we are thrilled that this is being aired on prime time TV showing what the true meaning of Christmas is all about. Very many thanks for your inspirational work.

  • Comment number 40.

    This adaptation of the Nativity is truly wonderful, please bring it out on DVD. Thank you to all involved in this very special series.

  • Comment number 41.

    I was deeply moved by The Nativity because it was apparent that the producer had been drawn into the material and so drew me the viewer in too. I am grateful to Tony Jordan for producing this drama, to the actors for playing their parts so convincingly and to the BBC for putting it on, at 7 pm too. I can't wait until tonight for the final episode!

  • Comment number 42.

    Delighted with the way you have managed to get under the skin of the events of the day. Have been a christian for a long while and am delighted when I see Bible events portrayed as they were in the raw flesh so to speak.

    You've done a superb job with MARY and I am now so much more aware of what she must have gone through, the rejection, humiliation etc. with Joseph too (have watched Jarrows Law) and can more readily understand his reactions.

    I love anything which gets away from the RELIGIOUS view of Mary (I have nothing against this in principle or the statues) but the bald realities of how God has used people, and how they really have responded always grips (they were just like us!)

    Thankyou for your hard work - keep it up - looking forward to the next episode.
    Bless you

  • Comment number 43.

    Three programmes down and I'm very impressed; any chance it'll be available on DVD? Th is retelling strikes me as very naturalistic and human - indeed much as I've imagined the people to be... Well done!

  • Comment number 44.

    Brilliant telling of the story. The Bible only gives so much detail so you have to imagine the rest but this is a really good interpretation. Well done BBC.

  • Comment number 45.

    I just can't wait for tonights episode but such a pity it wasn't scheduled to end on christmas eve. The whole adaptation has been captivating and I am loving every minute.I have spent the week in bed with flu and missed so much of the razzamatazz, shopping and build up to christmas but this telling of the nativity has encompassed for me the true spirit of christmas. Many thanks to all the actors and production team for this little gem.

  • Comment number 46.

    Great programme and well scheduled, very moving

  • Comment number 47.

    Just watched the last episode - it was great and really moving. A good start to celebrating the birth of Jesus. Well done BBC for showing it at a prime time when religon is not as important to some as it should be.

  • Comment number 48.

    Cards on table, I’m a non-believer for whom the traditional story was just that, a story. I had no intention of watching this series but just happened to see part of episode 2. Gone was the cosy traditional telling and in its place were believable people with a realistically edgy script. I should not have been surprised for the script was by Tony Jordan who’s credits include Eastenders [and the classic “I’m your mother” duff-duff], Life on Mars and Hustle. Impressed, I made a point of watching episodes 3 and 4. Make no mistake, and whether you believe or not, this production was one of the highest order. To everyone involved I extend my congratulations.

  • Comment number 49.

    Brilliant...I have never commented after seeing a programme but felt that 'The Nativity' was a stunning piece of programming. Excellent casting and acting really brought the birth of Jesus to life. Well done BBC...more please. Can't wait for the next installment!

  • Comment number 50.

    THANK YOU THANK YOU i am always keen to compain that BBC neglects the Christian festivals but The Nativity has been wonderful. Your production has shown this to be a real story with God coming to a particuar time and recognising the political struggles faced by the characters. So relevant for today. It has been wonderful to have so much relevant programinng across BBC this year.

  • Comment number 51.

    Have just watched the birth of Jesus. I am a Christian and love Jesus very much and this has been the highlight of my Christmas. I am so blessed that somebody has finally portrayed this as to how it most probably could have been like in frail human terms Thank you the BBC for showing it and thank you for the cast and production and the writer. God bless you this Christmas and always as we look to Jesus the saviour of the world. He really is there, he transformed my life and the world and continues to do so. John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasing life.

  • Comment number 52.

    What a fantastic portrayal of the Nativity, all the actors were so believable. I especially liked the reason why Jesus was born in a stable, I'd never thought about Mary being outcast in her society before. Thank you BBC for such a great production and for the scheduling - well done and thank you.

  • Comment number 53.

    We usually complain about the BBC and the programme quality, however after watching the Nativity we were very impressed and what a fantastic 4 part play. Showing the true meaning of Christmas and what it is all about. We are non-religious but felt this was absolutely fantastic. WELL DONE BBC

  • Comment number 54.

    I cannot remember the BBC screening something so closely based on the Christian gospel during a prime time slot or indeed over Christmas. My wife and I were deeply moved by the quality of the direction and photography, and by the sensitivity, poise and depth of the acting. The poetic license taken by the script seemed to us both fitting and compelling. How good to be reminded that the birth of Jesus was unattended by the NHS. The words attributed to Balthasar (I think) prefiguring the New Testament and echoing those of the OT prophets were thrilling. The whole experience was profoundly moving, especially if you believe. Thank you for making this beautiful sequence and for screening it.

  • Comment number 55.

    Fantastic, relevant, & just perfect to re-ignited the jaded spirits & let us know what Christmas is really about. I have watched each episode & been enthralled, finally succombing to tears at the last one tonight, on Joseph's acceptance of Mary & the arrival of the shepherds & Magi.It was also brilliant to see the story told with more emphasis on the devoutly religious Joseph & his feelings about his espoused being pregnant whilst still professing to be a virgin. It is easy to understand this, & something that is usually overlooked in the telling of the story.
    Well done BBC, Tony Jordan & all the actors involved, particularly Andrew Buchan & Tatiana Maslany...oh, & a special word of praise for the brilliant portrayal of Herod by Vincent Reagan.
    10 out of 10!!!

  • Comment number 56.

    I've never felt compelled to comment on a tv programme before, but "The Nativity" was EXCELLENT. BBC, PLEASE release this as a DVD!! Congratulations to all involved.

  • Comment number 57.

    What an inspiring 4 nights of viewing. Gritty, real, moving, well acted and scripted. Well done all involved. I was taken back 2000 years ago and could feel all the political, and social tensions around the story. When is the DVD coming out!

  • Comment number 58.

    Thank you for The Nativity. I have loved the series. It has been thought provoking and I've had lots of conversations with other Christians about how good it is. Its made me see this well known story with fresh eyes and has helped me to think more deeply this year about the story I believe in. Thank you to all involved in the making of a wonderful series.

  • Comment number 59.

    I've registered for the first time to be able to comment about this series - truly brilliant! As a Christian, I thought I was quite familiar with the Nativity but this brought it to life in a whole new way and I found it very moving and thought provoking. Wonderful cast, great acting and spectacular location for the filming.
    Thank you BBC.

  • Comment number 60.

    Thank you thank you thank you BBC for a wonderful programme. My family watched each episode. It was well produced beautifully acted and stunning in evry aspect. It is a long time since we have experienced such a wonderful lead up to Christmas and a authentic explanation of the true meaning of Christmas.

  • Comment number 61.

    An amazing telling of the event of the birth of Jesus. Awesome, compelling and a sensitive portayal. Thank you BBC. Wonderful screenplay and acting. Brought tears to my eyes

  • Comment number 62.

    I have just watched the final episode of the Nativity.What an amazing production.Congratulations to all those involved.It was so refreshing to see the Nativity story portrayed in such a sensitive way.Using material from both Old and New Testaments .I would love to see this in DVD,so that many would come to know the true meaning of why we celebrate the birth of a baby at Christmas time.May you all know blessings.Many Many thanks to Tony Gordon for undertaking this task .

  • Comment number 63.

    I feel compelled to comment on how much we enjoyed The Nativity. Maybe everyone who is planning on celebrating Christmas should watch it. You dont have to believe in it but there is more to the festive period than filling your trollies with rubbish and purchasing presents that have no meaning.
    It just shows that it is still the greatest story of all time and the actors portrayed it wonderfully.This time of year is not all about the commercial garbage that people seem to buy into, but celebrating all things wonderul in life and coming together with friends and family. I think all children should watch it to understand the true meaning of Christmas.
    I hope to see a series like this at Christmas a regular thing. I have thoroughly enjoyed it, the writing was terrific and evoked alot of emotions.
    Merry Christmas

  • Comment number 64.

    This series was absolutely brilliant! Top marks to the BBC for screening this at prime time. Take a bow, everyone involved. DVD?

  • Comment number 65.

    I thought this programme was an outstanding depiction of the nativity story. It was heartwarming to see something which was realistic and stayed close to the bibilical narrative. The portrayal of the personal issues behind this familiar story was thought provoking. Thank you BBC for showing this excellent programme.

  • Comment number 66.

    I don't think I have enjoyed any BBC production as much as this. It has been truly wonderful family viewing, with the different strands of the story woven together skillfully. While artistic licence has been taken, it was refreshing to see the drama staying largely true to the Biblical accounts. Excellent acting, beautifully shot - bravo BBC!

  • Comment number 67.

    We have just watched the final episode of the Nativity. What an inspiring 4 nights of viewing. it was one of the most beautifully portrayed story of the Birth of Jesus. It drew us into a deeper contemplation of the real meaning of the Christmas. We would like to thank the BBC for showing this a peak viewing time.

  • Comment number 68.

    I want to congratulate the BBC on this amazing series. The writing was excellent and so moving. I have heard this story every year of my life for the past fifty years and never has it captivated me like this or made me think outside the nice tidy parameters that we've put around it. Well done. Superb job. I want to watch it all again. Moved me to tears. Thank you

  • Comment number 69.

    I thought the Nativity was a really great program. It managed to portray the Christmas story in a really faithful way without being over sentimental. It got the supernatural over in a very naturalistic way which was really believable. It presented all the harsh reality which Mary would have had to have faced. Very well done all involved and very well done BBC for putting it on.

  • Comment number 70.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, at last a real (not cheesy) portrayal of The real Nativity story. I loved the way Tony Jordan made the characters come alive so we could share and understand their struggles, doubts, faith and the ultimate hope the birth of Jesus brings. I look forward to sharing this program with my children so they will see the difference between the santa story, the tooth fairy story, the easter bunny story and the reality of the Nativity which we as a family will certainly celebrate with joy and hope this year in the midst of all the madness which we in the West have, wrongly, come to associate Christmas with.

  • Comment number 71.

    I loved the Nativity series, does anyone know if it's going to be bought out into a DVD?

  • Comment number 72.

    Thank you so much for an excellent portrayal of the nativity story. It was a real pleasure to see the bible story being given such relevance and serious coverage. Well done bbc. Please give us more of the same.

  • Comment number 73.

    wow....what a superb presentation of this amazing story. Beautiful, sensitive, and so true to the original version from the Bible.
    It's made me think in a fresh way about a story I have 'known' for a very long time.
    Well done BBC and especially to Tony Jordan - this is worth so much to those who are familiar with the story of the birth of Jesus and those who have only been presented with the 'plastic' version!
    This has made all the difference in the world to Christmas 2010 for me.
    Many thanks

  • Comment number 74.

    Thank you for the most brilliant portrayal of the Nativity I've ever seen. It was truly inspirational. I couldn't wait for the next episode.

  • Comment number 75.

    Absolutley brilliant. It really made me think about the birth of Jesus and what it's all about. I think a special mention should be given to the writing of Gabriel - no wings or flashing lights, just an ordinary-looking bloke whose words were the magic. When my little children are old enough to understand I would like them to watch this series at Christmas time rather than Alvin and the Chipmunks! Thankyou BBC!

  • Comment number 76.

    I have never felt compelled to register or comment on a programme before, but I was extremely moved by the Nativity & sat pondering for ages after watching the last episode. Brilliant portrayal of what it must have been like for Mary & Joseph. Thank you for bringing the true meaning of Christmas to life in 2010.

  • Comment number 77.

    This was a brilliant production of such a well know Biblical narrative & I so enjoyed it. It was great the way the writer brought in the Magi early on in & also showed a little of the pressures of being under Roman rule, especially for the shepherds. It also explored the more human side of the relationship betrween Joseph & Mary & the tussles Joseph had with Mary's pregnancy. It looked to be a thoroughly researched piece of screen play well done to BBC for airing it last 4 nights

  • Comment number 78.

    Many thanks to the BBC for broadcasting "The Nativity" It was beautifully portrayed, Scripturally accurate and employed enough "Literary license" to flesh-out the characters and make us aware of their intense doubts and fears. The portrayed attitudes of "Friends and relations" in Nazareth and Bethlehem, to Mary's "shame" say much to Yeshua's up-bringing - and add weight to the prophetic words of Psalm 69. Well Done!

  • Comment number 79.

    Thank you BBC for this wonderful production, a lovely talented cast with a refreshing build up to the big event. I found this creative story telling similar to that of a modern day 'soap opera'.
    I couldn't get out to advent services because of the bad weather ...BBC these last four nights have helped me focus on the grass roots of Christmas.

  • Comment number 80.

    What unanimity among so many posters--glad I'm one of many who thought this was brilliant. Just watched the final episode on iplayer, thought I wouldn't shed a tear but that moment with the joined hands was wonderful, and Thomas kissing the baby's foot--very moving.
    So, when is Tony Jordan going to do another part of the most amazing life ever?

  • Comment number 81.

    Our household is in shock. We cannot believe we have had the pleasure of viewing something uplifting, wonderful and inspiring on our tv set. What a magnificent production and what beautiful timing just before Christmas. We've been turning the pages of our Bibles and comparing the biblical account with the programme. Most of all we have enjoyed the humanity of all on screen from the key characters to the community at large. We feel as if we were right there...yes, we agree with so many who have asked for more of this type of programming...more of the Bible. And please do give us the dvd.

  • Comment number 82.

    I really felt moved to write, 'the nativity' was an amazing programme! Left me in tears when Joseph took Mary's hand, so cool! And the production looked beautiful. I watched with my little kids and they also loved it. Thank you for helping us share the real meaning of Christmas.

  • Comment number 83.

    A brilliant, sensitive wonderful production.
    Thank you to all the actors that took part (so difficult to single out
    any one in particular as they were all so good but Mary & Joseph were a joy and the Kings and the Shepherd in trouble and his Shepherd friend who covered for him etc. etc.) and to the writer,directors,producers and everyone else that provided
    such a delightful, modern, realistic approach to the
    treasured, precious Nativity. You reproduced it to perfection. MW

  • Comment number 84.

    What about Andy Buchan playing Christ as an adult? He would be perfect. MW

  • Comment number 85.

    What an amazing production ... the script was strong, very well researched, particularly loved the colours and sights and sounds of the Middle East ... and so appreciate the way Tony Jordan has kept to the Biblical script though obviously padding out with some fantastic dramatic content.

    Thank you BBC for your courage to commission and air this programme.

  • Comment number 86.

    Just to add my thanks to you, BBC, for this lovely run up to Christmas. All the superlatives offered, agreed: serious but humane and with a lovely thread of hope throughout. Thomas was the key - the reason for the season. Great, too, that it was offered without comment or even "if you want to hear a critique of this, go to..." That would have spoiled it. Many, many thanks.

  • Comment number 87.

    Like a few people on here, I registered just so I could comment on this series. This is the most beautiful, moving production I have seen on TV for a long time. The writing, the set, the acting was just amazing. The way the characters were portrayed totally sucked me in and I think I felt every emotion with them from the happiness to despair to hope and love. There is not one thing I can criticise about this series and feel quite despondant that it's over. I am desperate to know if the BBC will release this on DVD. At a time when Jesus is rarely the focus of Christmas, a series like this brings Him right back where He belongs. My faith has increased from watching this and understanding more the reality of it.

  • Comment number 88.

    Thank you so much BBC for the brilliant interpretation of the Birth of Jesus. I enjoyed every moment of it. From the very real acting; the emotions and empathy stirred, the returning focus to the real meaning and beginning of Christmas and encouraging me to read my Bible. Thank you very much! It would be brilliant to see what happens next as i didn't want it to end! Please can you show more of these dramas on television about further events in the Bible!

  • Comment number 89.

    Totally brilliant BBC. One of the best things I have seen on BBC for a very long time. Outstanding in every way, not only conveying a meaning but so beautifuuly produced and wonderfully cast.

    Well done all concerned

  • Comment number 90.

    just brilliant! really conveyed the coming together of the very human story with the divine plan from the beginning of time. so pleased to see it on at prime time too. thank you

  • Comment number 91.

    what a wonderful portrayal of this tremendous story. CONGRATULATIONS May there be many more similar programmes featuring other wonderful biblical stories to demonstrate the wisdom of so many similar stories for people generally to be benefited.

  • Comment number 92.

    What a lovely way to start christmas. This programme brought to life this wonderful story in such a realistic and moving way. The writing was brilliant, bringing the biblical words to life and weaving them into the conversations in such a natural way. The costumes were fabulous. It was so nice to see colour, patterns and embroidery when so many portrayals of this time seem to be drab and 'brown'. The acting was first class and I commend all in taking on roles that have such deep set meaning for us. I have always felt for Joseph, the confusion that he must have felt was very clearly portrayed and the holding of hands brought tears to my eyes. Well done and bless all invloved in bringing this story to life.

  • Comment number 93.

    I rushed in from Carol Playing only to discover I had forgotten to turn on the box to record. I was so disappointed. I have looked forward each evening to The Nativity, it is so well written and gives a completely different perspective on the very well known Nativity story. Can't wait for it to get on bbc iplayer.

  • Comment number 94.

    This is a series that brings to life the story in a very human way without demeaning the spiritual element. It deserves to be available in DVD and hope the BBC will be able to arrange this.

  • Comment number 95.

    I watched the final episode of the nativity earlier and wanted to tell you how beautiful i thougt it was! i really do hope and insist that this mini-series is bought out on dvd so it can be enjoyed over and over! I would also like to see future projects like this, maybe using some of the same actors who i really loved- especially the actors portraying Mary and Joseph-i thought they were excellent!

    A huge well done to the cast and the BBC, a fantastic piece of work capturing the magic of christmas! dvd soon please!

  • Comment number 96.

    I want to thank the BBC for a fantastic programme. I love the character studies, the mystery and the deeply moving portrayal of the birth of Jesus. Thanks so much

  • Comment number 97.

    The Nativity was absolutely brilliant - loved it! Thank you. Now do more please

  • Comment number 98.

    We have watched and recorded on our freeview box all four programmes and must say well done BBC for producing a beautiful account of the nativity. The acting was outstanding, the costumes and location authentic. It is so refreshing to see the true message of Christmas on our TVs and not the usual cynical depiction of christianity and all things christian. One line which stays in my mind is the question Thomas asks his wife 'how can one man change the world?', which I took as reference to Christ as well as the shepherd. Please repeat, release the DVD, give us more of this quality. Many thanks!

  • Comment number 99.

    Thoroughly enjoyed the "Nativity" watched every episode. I was thrilled with fact that it was so close to real life yet authentic and true to the Bible story. This is the first time I have ever commented on any programme.

  • Comment number 100.

    Just finished watching The Nativity - I absolutely loved it - well done BBC - I was hooked right from the start - I am a lapsed Catholic but found this approach so humanly believable. We had this vision of the Virgin Mary as so holy as not to be humankind - that she was a walking saint - but this Virgin we saw was in awe of herself being the chosen One - and it was more believable and watchable. Loved it.

 

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