Thursday, October 20, 2011

Mini-series: "The Second Coming"

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You'll probably think I've finally gone over the edge, but I am actually recommending a 2-part mini-series from England about the 2nd coming of the son of g*d. It's in segments, on a YouTube playlist. There's a "play all" function, somewhere. It's apx. 10 min. bits, 16 total, so about 2 1/2 hrs.

I don't recommend religion-related programming. Ever. I learned of this from a very unconventional source and was so surprised, I looked it up, found it online and started watching. I didn't stop watching until it was done.

What if the son of g*d showed up in a working class suburb of England: a "loser" who works in a video store, drinks too much and has no ambition in life?

Oh, just watch it. You'll see. 

The Second Coming (TV serial)

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The Second Coming
The opening titles of The Second Coming
Genre Drama
Written by Russell T Davies
Directed by Adrian Shergold
Starring Christopher Eccleston
Lesley Sharp
Mark Benton
Kenny Doughty
Composer(s) Murray Gold
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 2
Executive producer(s) Nicola Shindler
Russell T Davies
Producer(s) Ann Harrison-Baxter
Editor(s) Tony Cranstoun
Running time 145 min.
Production company(s) Red Production Company
Original channel ITV (ITV1/STV/UTV)
Original run 9 February – 10 February 2003
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The Second Coming is a two-part British television drama first screened on ITV in the UK in February 2003. It concerns the realisation of Steve Baxter (played by Christopher Eccleston) that he is in fact the Son of God, and has just a few days to find the human race's Third Testament and thus avert the Apocalypse.
It was written by Russell T Davies (later head writer of the 2005 series of Doctor Who), and produced by the independent Red Production Company. The programme was originally commissioned as four one-hour episodes by Channel 4 in 1999; however, when new executives took over running the drama department at that channel, they decided not to pursue the project. Davies and Red's founder Nicola Shindler took the project to the BBC, who quickly turned it down; it found a home on ITV, a channel that had gained a reputation for producing mainstream, unchallenging, "middle-of-the-road" drama in recent years. [1]
Screened over two successive evenings in prime time on Sunday and Monday, 9–10 February 2003, The Second Coming gained viewing figures of over six million. Davies, who is an atheist, has said his intention was to provoke debate and get people thinking about religion.

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