The Nativity


Tatiana Maslany and Andrew Buchan star as Mary and Joseph in Tony Jordan's adaptation of The Nativity for BBC One this Christmas.

Over four half-hour episodes the drama tells the traditional tale known to millions from a very human perspective.

With Mary and Joseph's enduring love story at the centre this familiar story is given a contemporary twist, as the drama follows Joseph and Mary from their initial courtship – Joseph desperate to win the heart of Mary – to his emotional turmoil at her unexpected pregnancy.

Tony Jordan said: "The challenge for me was to retell a story that has been told countless times before, a story that everyone knows intimately, yet to do so in a way that will still surprise and move you, to see parts of the story you'd never seen before.

"I really think that we've achieved that and I'm incredibly proud to have been asked by the BBC to be involved in such a wonderful project."

This gripping and vibrant adaptation shows the Nativity from a fresh viewpoint, highlighting how seemingly ordinary people reacted to the extraordinary and miraculous events that befell them.

Rich in colour and humour, the remarkable events that led up to Jesus's birth will unfold across the four nights, from the epic journey of the wise men to the poignant tale of Thomas – a poor shepherd – whose waning faith in God is revived as he kneels beside the crib of the newborn king.

Jordan's Nativity is a spectacular Christmas treat for the whole family.

Andrew Buchan as Joseph, Tatiana Maslany as Mary and Peter Capaldi as Balthasar are joined by an impressive cast including: Jack Shepherd as Melchior; Obi Abili as Gaspar; Art Malik as Nicolaus; Vincent Regan as Herod; John Lynch as Gabriel; Claudie Blakley as Anna; Frances Barbour as Elizabeth; Neil Dudgeon as Joachim; Al Weaver as Thomas the Shepherd; Ruth Negga as Leah and Gawn Grainger as Levi.

'The Nativity' is a Red Planet Pictures, K Films and Temple Street production for BBC One and CBC.  It is distributed by BBC Worldwide.

'The Nativity' will be released on DVD later this year but it is available to download from iTunes 

 

CREDITS

Screenplay by
TONY JORDAN

Produced by
RUTH KENLEY-LETTS

Directed by
COKY GIEDROYĆ

CAST IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE
ANDREW BUCHAN Joseph
TATIANA MASLANY Mary
CLAUDIE BLAKLEY Anna
NEIL DUDGEON Joachim
GAWN GRAINGER Levi
RACHID BERRADA Zacharias
FRANCES BARBER Elizabeth
OBI ABILI Gaspar
PETER CAPALDI Balthasar
JACK SHEPHERD Melchior
AMINE NAJI Magi 1
COLIN GOODWIN Magi 2
AL WEAVER Thomas
RUTH NEGGA Leah
HOWARD SAMUELS Tax Collector
KEN BONES Bethlehem Rabbi
JOHN LYNCH Gabriel
YOUNES MIGRI Pysician
ART MALIK Nicolaus
VINCENT REGAN Herold
SAID BEY Amos
DAVID STERNE Abimael
KHADIJA DAHRAJJI Woman in Marketplace
SAID TARCHANI Magi Guard
NOUR EDDINE ABERDINE Soldier in Desert
AHAMDANE LHABIB Passer By
HELEN SCHLESINGER Rachel
MATTHEW DESLIPPE Innkeeper
SADIE SHIMMIN Salome

1st Assistant Directors
PAUL JUDGES
NOUR EDDINE ABERDINE

2nd Assistant Directors
DAVID CHALSTREY
MUSTAPHA GRUMIJ

3rd Assistant Directors
LOFTI AIT JAOUI
LATIFA NAOURI

Script Supervisor
NON ELERI HUGHES

Production Co-Ordinator
MONA HOUD
Assistant Prod. Co-Ordinator
JIHANE AYED
Production Secretary
CAMILLA DAVIES

Production Accountants
KAREN HINTON
ZOUHAIR EL FASSI
BEV ROSS
JULIE GISSING
Cashier
AZIZ RAMI

Location Manager
DRISS BENCHHIBA
Unit Manager
REDOUANE NASREDINE
Transport Captain
MUSTAPHA BOUHALBA

Focus Puller
JOHN ELLIS EVANS
Grip
STEVE ELLINGWORTH
Camera Assistants
LOTFI EL GORDA
ADIL EL KASSY
Digital Imaging Technician
MOUHSSINE NEJMI

Gaffer
AZIZ BIZZI
Best Boy
NAJIB BENFARES
Electricians
MOHAMED CHENTOUFI
ZOUGGAR AZIZ
RACHID AKHZAM
MUSTAPHA HARGHAOUI
HASSAN ABOULHAB

Boom Operator
NORMAN BERNARD
Sound Assistant
BRAHIM AIT BELKAS

Art Director
TOM STILL
Assistant Art Director
SAID KOUNTI
Standby Art Director
JAMES MORRALL
Props Buyer
AZIZ MHAND
Art Department Assistant
MAHASSIN TAZI
Prophands
BOUJEMAA RASSOURANCE
TARIK AMCHEMAR
Set Dresser
MUSTAPHA ADIDOU

Costume Supervisor
EMMANUELLE BELLOCQ
Costume Assistants
ABDELILLAH BIDARI
SAMIRA BEJJOUDI
OMAR DOUAB

Make Up Artists
JACQUELINE GRIMA
ZHOR BENANI

Historical Consultant
DR HELEN BOND
Stunt Co-Ordinator
CEDRIC PROUST

Post Production Supervisor
LYNDA MCKENZIE
Assistant Editors
MARC ROUSSELL
CHRISTOPHER WATSON
Dialogue Editor
KATHY CHOI
Sound FX Editor
JANE TATTERSALL
Music Editor
KEVIN BANKS
Picture Post Production
TECHNICOLOR CREATIVE SERVICES, TORONTO
Opening Titles
PETER ANDERSON STUDIO

Head Of Development (Red Planet)
SIMON WINSTONE
Production Executive (Kudos)
ALISON BARNETT
Production Executive (Temple Street)
ANDREA BOYD

Director Of Photography
CHRIS SEAGER B.S.C.

Editor
GARETH C. SCALES

Music Composed By
JONATHAN GOLDSMITH

Production Designer
CHRISTINA MOORE

Casting Director
MAGGIE LUNN

Canadian Casting Director
STEPHANIE GORIN, C.S.A, C.D.C.

Costume Designer
AMY ROBERTS

Make Up And Hair Designer
KAREN BRYAN-DAWSON

Visual Effects
TOM TURNBALL

Sound Recordist
SYLVAIN ARSENEAULT

Production Manager
ALEX JONES

Line Producers
JULES HUSSEY
KHADIJA ALAMI

Executive Producers
TONY JORDAN
JANE FEATHERSTONE