Countdown to Calvary

About the Show

A perfect storm of political intrigue, power struggles and clashing religious passions combined, within a single week, to cause a world-changing event: the killing of Jesus. Renowned actor and Cambridge theology graduate Hugh Bonneville sets out to discover why that one execution, in a century when as many as 500 people a day were crucified by the Romans, had such seismic, lasting and global impact - for better and for worse. Using all the investigative and storytelling tools at his disposal, Hugh reveals the context, characters and chain of events behind a week that changed the world. In the process, he finds that this is no dusty religious story, but a political thriller – a whodunnit, even – shot through with intrigue, spin, conspiracy, power battles, betrayal and terror.