Jerusalem: The Biography gets the TV series treatment

jerusalemthebiographyVarious sites are reporting that Lionsgate TV in the UK is developing a TV series adaptation of Simon Sebag Montefiore’s bestseller Jerusalem: The Biography. The book covers the history of Jerusalem over a period of about three thousand years — from King David, who made the city his capital circa 1000 BC, to the Six-Day War in AD 1967 — and Lionsgate creative chief Steve November says the series will run for “multiple seasons.” Does this mean we’ll get at least one season’s worth of essentially biblical content? The book is about 500 pages long — not counting the endnotes and all the other stuff that comes after the final chapter — and over 100 of those pages span the biblical period, from David to Jesus and the destruction of Jerusalem a few decades later. So, maybe? We have, of course, seen other TV series about David and Jesus recently, from last year’s Of Kings & Prophets to A.D. The Bible Continues the year before. Sebag Montefiore’s book was previously turned into a three-part BBC documentary that he hosted in 2011.

Of Kings and Prophets — season one, episode two

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Season 1, Episode 2 — ‘Let the Wicked Be Ashamed’
I Samuel 16

Editing Samuel. The chronology has been rearranged a tad, but the episode begins and ends with Samuel going to anoint David (I Samuel 16:1-13), and it includes scenes of David playing the harp for Saul and growing closer to him (I Samuel 16:14-23).

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Of Kings and Prophets — season one, episode one

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Note: Last year I posted episode-by-episode notes on the sources and themes of A.D. The Bible Continues. I intend to do something similar for Of Kings and Prophets. Be warned: there will be spoilers here. And lots of appreciative nit-picking.

Season 1, Episode 1 — ‘Offerings of Blood’
I Samuel 13-17

Editing Samuel. The series skips past the stories about Samuel’s early life (I Samuel 1-7) and the role he played in making Saul king (I Samuel 8-12). It then cherry-picks bits and pieces from I Samuel 13-17 and rearranges the chronology somewhat.

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Watch: David has a crush on a princess in a sneak peek from next week’s Of Kings and Prophets, plus a new featurette

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Of Kings and Prophets didn’t quite find the audience it was looking for when it premiered the other day, but there are still several episodes to come. The network has released a new featurette on the series, a sneak peek of next week’s episode, and some clips from the premiere that aired two nights ago. Check ’em out below the jump.

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Of Kings and Prophets premieres to low ratings

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Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands, but alas, Of Kings and Prophets didn’t slay ’em in the ratings when it premiered last night.

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Review: Of Kings and Prophets — Episode 1: Offerings of Blood (dir. Michael Offer, 2016)

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It’s hard to beat the story of Saul and David for biblical sex and violence, and the first shots in Of Kings and Prophets — premiering tonight at 10pm on ABC — waste no time getting to the “violence” part of that equation. (The sex comes later.)

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