.- The BBC of London is set to air a mini-series on the last week of the life of Christ which will exonerate Judas, Pontius Pilate and Caiaphas of responsibility for the death of Jesus.
The series presents a Judas who anguishes over his loyalties to Jesus and to Caiaphas and a Pilate who struggles to manage his wifeâs social aspirations and his career while trying to keep a lid on tensions in Jerusalem.
The creators of âThe Passion,â which will be aired in four installments, said they wanted to âunderstand the motives of characters.â
Frank Deasy, the series writer, said he wanted to discover the motives behind Judasâ betrayal âIâve always had a problem with Judas in âPassionâ stories in that he suddenly and inexplicably betrays Jesus,â he said. âI was keen to develop a psychological reality to Judasâs portrayal.â
Nigel Stafford-Clark, who produced the BBC series, said he wanted to put the charactersâ actions in context âso you can see it from their point of view and realize that what they did felt legitimateâ.
In an interview with the Radio Times, Stafford-Clark said, "By such accounts as there are from the time, Caiaphas was reckoned to be a fair man and a good high priest. [He was] a man doing a very difficult job and doing it well."
A BBC spokesman said, "We are not seeking to subvert or rewrite the Gospel narrative â we are just retelling it to bring it alive for a contemporary audience."
The series will conclude on Easter Sunday and stars Paul Mawle as Jesus, Paul Nicholls as Judas, and James Nesbitt as Pilate.