Preston Passion

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Preston Passion
StarringFern Britton (host)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Running time59 minutes
Original networkBBC One
Original release6 April 2012 (2012-04-06)

The Preston Passion was a live performance televised by BBC One on 6 April 2012 from Preston, Lancashire, England, retelling the Gospel accounts of the Crucifixion of Jesus through a filter of local history. Organized by the Preston Guild, the performance utilized professional performers, local volunteers and audience members.[1][2][3]


The Preston Passion takes its name from the Passion of Christ, a term widely used to encapsulate the events of the capture, trial and death of Jesus of Nazareth as described in the Gospels and celebrated by Christians at Easter. It follows a tradition of Passion plays that are performed in many parts of the world over Easter.


In the dramas, three aspects of the Biblical narratives are retold through three events from the history of Preston, with the story of Pontius Pilate being related to the events of the Preston Strike of 1842, the story of Mary, the mother of Jesus related to the experiences of a local soldier in the First World War, and that of Jesus being to related the sacrifice of a local school-girl caring for her younger siblings.

Singer Jamelia sang in the finale, replacing Heather Small who had to withdraw because of illness.[4] The hymns and songs were sung by a large choir made up from parishes in and around Preston and UCLAN Chamber Choir. The pieces included William Horsley's There is a Green Hill Far Away, Jerusalem, Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs (from Handel's Messiah), When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, Were You There and You've Got the Love.


In November 2012 the Preston Passion won the award for "Best Live Event" at the Royal Television Society's North West Awards.[5]

Programme credits[edit]


  • Executive Producer - Aaqil Ahmed
  • Development Executive - Pat Connor
  • Development Producer - Steve Rawling


  • Mrs Melling - Samantha Bond
  • Samuel Horrocks - Tom Ellis
  • Amy Cummins - Christine Bottomley
  • Bishop Crowther - Ronald Pickup
  • Betty Cleasby - Pooky Quesne
  • Simon - Paul Barber
  • Bella's Mother - Julia Haworth
  • Scott - Lucas Burridge
  • Presenter - Fern Britton
  • Performer - Jamelia
  • Writers - Colin Heber-Percy and Lyall Watson
  • Director - Daniel Wilson
  • Producer - Sandra Maciver
  • Executive Producer - Hilary Martin

Live Event[edit]

  • Live Event Director - Mark Murphy
  • Outside Broadcast Producer and Director - Pamela Hossick
  • Creative Producer - Mike Smith
  • Production - Walk the Plank


  1. ^ Preston Guild,. "Preston Passion with BBC One". Retrieved 6 April 2012.
  2. ^ Published on Friday 6 April 2012 08:57. "Preston does have Passion - News". Retrieved 6 April 2012.
  3. ^ "Preston Guild Hall". Preston Guild Hall. Retrieved 6 April 2012.
  4. ^ "City's Passion shown live on BBC". The Lancaster and Morecambe Visitor. 6 April 2012. Retrieved 6 April 2012.
  5. ^ "Top award for 'Preston Passion' featuring Leyland Band - 20th November 2012" at Archived 4 December 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "BBC One - The Preston Passion". Retrieved 6 April 2012.
  7. ^ EF. "The Preston Passion for Easter 2012". BBC. Retrieved 8 February 2012.

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