If the Daily Mail was a pantomime - and who's to say it's not - it would be easy to spot the goodies and the baddies. If the BBC walked on stage, there'd be a puff of green smoke, a crash of drums and a dramatic jarring chord to make all the youngsters boo. No matter what the BBC does, it's wrong, according to the Mail - even if they can't really find people to say that, except extremists and numpties. I don't know whether the orders come from the top, but I wouldn't be surprised if they did. The Mail's hatred of the Beeb seems almost pathological, almost an allergic reaction to the idea of state-funded media. A private company could do it much better! And wouldn't be as leftie-liberal either. I think that's the thinking behind it.
Anyway, the BBC are doing a Passion play this year. I'm sure it's nice for the Xtians to have one of their little fables played out on telly, especially at Easter-time, and I don't begrudge them that little pleasure at all. But that's not good enough for the Mail, because:
BBC accused of 'rewriting the Gospel' over Easter drama about the plot to kill Jesus
The BBC has been accused of "re-writing the Gospel" over a controversial new drama about the final days of Jesus Christ, starring James Nesbitt, which will be screened over Easter.
By whom? Oh, by Xtian Voice. Well they're clearly the arbiters of reasoned debate, aren't they.
The corporation is risking the wrath of traditionalists by portraying Judas and Pontius Pilate in a sympathetic light.
Well it's a new interpretation of a story that is fictional anyway. So why not push the boat out?
The national director of Christian Voice, Stephen Green, criticised the BBC, accusing writers of fictionalising the story behind the death of Jesus.
But it is fictional. It's a cracking yarn, but it's a legend.
If the Mail were hoping the commenters would stick the boot into the Beeb, they haven't been rewarded yet:
Considering the fact that the story of Jesus is based on the ancient Egyptian story of Horus (who was of virgin birth, performed miracles, was the son of god and death on the cross/descended into heaven after three days etc), it is hard to see what Christians have got to complain about. There is also a Gospel of Judas, which didn't make it into the Bible. I wonder why?
- J. Barry, Berlin, Germany
"He's not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy".
- Jack Cee, Romford
This won't do! Where are the anti-BBC types to slag off the corporation for daring to tamper with the Gospel?! Outrageous...