The Bible will be coming to Channel Five this autumn. Originally aired in the US on The History Channel, it attracted over 13 million viewers compared to entertainment show ‘American Idol’, which was watched by 12.8 million. The 10-part, five-hour programme dramatises some of the most famous stories from the Bible and includes narratives from the books of Genesis through to Revelation, including Noah’s Ark, the Exodus and the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus.

The drama was produced by three-time Emmy Award winner Mark Burnett, who is responsible for ‘The Voice’ and ‘Survivor’. British-born Burnett said he was partly inspired to create the show because of a growing “Biblical illiteracy” among young people. He went on to say that attracting a “new generation” of viewers to the Bible was his “greatest hope” when creating the series.