The Nativity DVD

Posted on November 12, 2011 by Amy Tolmie
Categories: Primary, Secondary, 16-19s,

Finally the Bible Society is taking pre-orders for The Nativity DVD:

The BBC's popular four-part drama series introduces the compelling story of the nativity brought to you in a fresh and contemporary way.  Writer Tony Jordan transforms a classic tale with familiar characters into a gripping human drama with an all-star cast.

With a special licence to allow schools and churches to show the drama, as well as time-saving, easy-to-use learning materials. The links to the  free downloadable resources for churches and schools will be added in early December.

For teachers:

The creative classroom-learning materials – written by Stephen Pett, RE Today and author of The Bible: the Big Story – will provide a credible way of communicating the Christmas story to students.


  • Time-saving resource which covers the syllabus for KS3 RE

  • Provides a variety of dynamic ways to help engage students

  • Reflective activities and discussion starters

  • A unique, dramatic and contemporary twist on the familiar Christmas story

  • Certifcate PG, region 2 PAL, Length 120 minutes (in four parts)

  • Includes English subtitles


For churches:

  • Give your church or local community a fresh perspective on the familiar Christmas story

  • Reel Issues discussion notes to support, encourage and develop discussions within your church or youth groups

  • Introduce the drama to your community during a Christmas outreach programme

  • Resources also include the report The Politics of Christmas from Christian think tank THEOS – a valuable tool which promises to surprise and inspire readers


The DVD may be shown in home, educational, church and cultural settings provided there is no admission charge.

Daily Telegraph said: 'There are no gimmicks – simply a gentle, compassionate retelling of a very familiar story.'

Dr Krish Kandiah from Evangelical Alliance added: 'The powerful story of the Nativity speaks of God's love for all of us. This is a great resource to experience the wonder of Jesus' birth in a new way.'

Roy Crowne, from Hope, said: 'The nativity story presented in this contemporary way shows the power of this event in history. It's for the church to authentically communicate the story which is relevant today to every community. The Nativity communicates hope in so many ways where people are desperate for hope.'

Lat Blaylock, Editor RE Today, 'The BBC Nativity series will inspire some great RE where teachers use it. The portrayal of the story is far from the chocolate box or Christmas card of clean straw and polished stable floor: great performances raise a hundred questions about why this story matters so much and is loved so widely. I hope it is shown in thousands of schools – it deserves to be.'

This product is a pre-order. The product is due for release on 02 December 2011 and it will be despatched as soon as possible after this date.