A Third Testament

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A Third Testament
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 6
Producer(s) Richard Nielsen
Pat Ferns
Jeremy Murray-Brown
Running time 60 minutes
Original network CBC Television
Original release 13 November – 18 December 1974

A Third Testament was a Canadian documentary television miniseries which aired on CBC Television from 1974 to 1975.[1] A book based on the series was published subsequent to the broadcast.[2]


This documentary series was presented by Malcolm Muggeridge and concerned Christian religious faith. The series discussed the lives of Augustine of Hippo, Blaise Pascal, William Blake, Søren Kierkegaard, Leo Tolstoy and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Muggeridge proposed that the combined works of these people had in effect created a "Third Testament".[3]


The series was jointly produced by the CBC, Toronto company Nielsen-Ferns and Time-Life Films, with English and French language editions developed. Location filming was conducted in Europe and northern Africa. Original music for the series was composed and performed by Canadian composer John Mills-Cockell.[4]

The series was produced in both French and English versions.[5]


Six hour-long episodes aired Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. (Eastern) from 13 November to 18 December 1974. The series was rebroadcast 31 July to 4 September 1975.


  1. ^ Murray-Brown, Jeremy. "Documentary at Boston University". www.bu.edu. Retrieved 14 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Muggeridge, Malcolm (2004). A Third Testament. Orbis Books. p. 172. ISBN 978-1570755323. 
  3. ^ Corcelli, John (September 2005). "A Third Testament". Canadian Communications Foundation. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  4. ^ ""A Third Testament"". http://www.last.fm. Retrieved 14 March 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  5. ^ "CBC Television Series, 1952-1982". Queen's University. Archived from the original on 9 January 2010. Retrieved 16 March 2015. 

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