The BBC are going to be airing a mini-series dramatising 'the passion' of Christ during Holy Week.
'The Passion' is a term that has been used by Christians for many centuries to refer to the events leading up to Jesus' crucifixion. The story of Jesus' passion usually includes his entry into Jerusalem, his trial by the Jewish leaders, his trial by the Roman Legate Pontius Pilate, the beating and humiliation he endured before his execution, his crucifixion and his burial.
The English word 'passion' derives from the Latin word passionem, which means 'suffering' or 'enduring'. So you can see how the story includes everything that Jesus suffered and endured on the cross and on his way to the cross.
You can also see that the term 'The Passion of Christ' has a long history before Mel Gibson! And this particular telling of the story by the BBC has nothing whatsoever to do with Mel Gibson. It is the BBC's own production and telling of that story.
Here is the timetable:
Episode One: Sunday 16 March, BBC ONE, 20:00 (60 minutes)
Episode Two: Monday 17 March, BBC ONE, 20:30 (30 minutes)
Episode Three: Friday 21 March, BBC ONE, 21:00 (30 minutes)
Episode Four: Sunday 23 March, BBC ONE, 19:30 (60 minutes)
And here is a link to the BBC Website on The Passion
[Post edited on Friday 14th March, to add the time of Episode Four]