Ellison to star in re-worked Nativity story

December 5, 2007 by  
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Former Brookside babe Jennifer Ellison is to star in a new BBC adaptation of the Nativity story.

The new show will be broadcast live on BBC Three on December 16th and will see Ellison playing the part of a pregnant Mary who is fighting to stop her asylum-seeker boyfriend Joseph from being deported.

Just like the BBC’s controversial take on the Easter story, ‘The Liverpool Nativity’ will also see the broadcasters team up with the north-west city as the cast wander through the streets to a soundtrack provided featuring local acts including The Zutons and The Beatles.

Commenting on the show, the channel’s controller Danny Cohen said: “This is going to be a fantastic collaboration between the BBC and the city of Liverpool. I’m delighted with the cast in place, and can’t wait to see ‘The Liverpool Nativity’ on BBC3.”

However, some Christians have already expressed their concerns about the planned modernisation of the biblical story.

Tony Kilmister, vice-president of the The Prayer Book Society, said: “The BBC are (sic) indulging in gimmickry. This is not the sort of thing that Christmas needs.”

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