National Geographic Channel: Killing Jesus

Palm Sunday 2015 saw the release of the much-anticipated biopic about the life of Jesus of Nazareth, featuring archival and contemporary images licensed from Bridgeman. 


Easter Sensation

On Palm Sunday 2015, the National Geographic Chanel debuted their sensational new docu-series, Killing Jesus.

Adapted from the 2013 New York Times best-selling book Killing Jesus: A History, the third in the series by provocative TV personality and “aggressively conservative” political pundit, Bill O’Reilly, in partnership with Martin Dugard, features several images licensed from the Bridgeman archive including works by Bridgeman artists Laura James and Craigie Aitchison.

Images licensed from Bridgeman were used within an impressive showreel of biblical art to accompany the film’s closing narrative, as well as for the concept design of the acclaimed visuals surrounding the movie.


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image of the poster of Killing Jesus / National Geographic Channel
Killing Jesus / National Geographic Channel



Record Breaking Ratings

From Executive Producer Ridley Scott, the three hour scripted “television event”, directed by Christopher Menaul, features famous faces such as Kelsey Grammer in the role of King Herod, and HBO’s True Blood star, Steven Moyer, as Pontius Pilate.

Perfectly timed in the midst of a slate of popular biblical television shows in the US, Killing Jesus was widely well received, shown in over 170 countries, clinching Nat Geo’s record high ratings at 3.7 million viewers.



image of the painting Sermon on the Mount / Laura James / Bridgeman Images
Sermon on the Mount / Laura James / Bridgeman Images



image of the painting Crucifixion / Craigie Aitchison / Bridgeman Images
Crucifixion / Craigie Aitchison / Bridgeman Images



Find Out More

Visit the Killing Jesus Film official website

Read more about Bridgeman images used for television in The Longest War: Women & the Fight for Power

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