When God Spoke English: The Making of the King James Bible
Documentary telling the unexpected story of how arguably the greatest work of English prose ever written, the King James Bible, came into being.
Author Adam Nicolson reveals why the making of this powerful book shares much in common with his experience of a very different national project - the Millennium Dome. The programme also delves into recently discovered 17th century manuscripts, from the actual translation process itself, to show in rich detail what makes this Bible so good.
In a turbulent and often violent age, the King hoped this Bible would unite a country torn by religious factions. Today it is dismissed by some as old-fashioned and impenetrable, but the film shows why, in the 21st century, the King James Bible remains so great.It's an excellent documentary, compelling told, beautifully and colourfully filmed with shots of Oxford, Cambridge and London. It delves into the political dimensions of the translation at the same time as celebrating its scholarship and poetry. Strongly recommended.
The programme was first broadcast on Monday and it is repeated next Wednesday, 2 March. It is available on the iPlayer for several more days. If, like me, you are outside the UK, you'll have to use some jiggery pokery to access it.