Watch: The first trailer for Of Kings and Prophets

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The first trailer for Of Kings and Prophets — the ABC series about Saul, David and Samuel — is here, and it’s got some of the expected biblical violence (Goliath, Amalekites, etc.) as well as some of the rumoured biblical sex (Saul has a concubine, while David seems to be having an affair with Saul’s wife).

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King Saul gets a concubine in Of Kings and Prophets

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If there’s one thing we can say about Of Kings and Prophets, it’s that the series will focus quite a bit on the family of King Saul. They’ve already cast actors to play Saul himself, his wife Ahinoam, his son Ish-Bosheth, his daughter Michal and possibly his son Jonathan. And now Elodie Yung is set to play Saul’s concubine Rizpah.

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The Bible: second episode, first impressions

Another week, another episode of the mini-series The Bible. These are my first impressions of the second episode.

The pacing, redux. The second episode is 86 minutes long, and the first six minutes consist of footage from the first episode, so that leaves only 80 minutes for the second episode to take us all the way from the spies in Jericho to the birth of King Solomon — a period that covers about two or three centuries.

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Review: The Bible Collection (dir. various, 1996-1997)

Samson and Delilah, Warner Alliance, 1996, dir. Nicolas Roeg.
David, Warner Alliance, 1997, dir. Robert Markowitz.

THE BIBLE Collection was, and is, a great idea, but like so many great ideas, its execution has proved rather uneven.

The initial films in this made-for-TV series — Abraham, Jacob and especially Joseph — treated biblical sex and violence with uncommon frankness, and they brought to life biblical stories that had, until then, languished in cinematic obscurity. Moses covered more familiar territory, but its down-to-earth naturalism and a terrific performance by Ben Kingsley helped to set it apart from the overblown epics of the past.

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