The Global Television Event “Killing Jesus” Premieres Tonight

National Geographic Channel’s KILLING JESUS charts the intense political, social, and historical conflicts that led to the execution of one of history’s most well-known figures.

It’s a story nearly the whole world knows, with more than 2.2 billion people around the globe following the teachings and principles of Jesus of Nazareth. But the intimate historical details of his life and the political collisions that led to his brutal demise bring intriguing context to the familiar story. Tonight, KILLING JESUS, dives deep inside the historical story of how Jesus’ message and preachings led to his persecution and execution by a group of conspirators who saw him as a threat to their power.

KILLING JESUS, a three-hour television event, premieres tonight, Palm Sunday, at 8/7c on National Geographic Channel in the United States, and globally in 171 countries in 45 languages.

Combining epic cinematography with intimate storytelling, KILLING JESUS was shot entirely in the Moroccan desert with a crew of 250 and more than 4,500 extras. The 93 speaking roles are brought to life by an incredibly diverse cast, with actors representing Lebanon, Morocco, Czech Republic, Ireland, Great Britain, Israel, Canada, Syria, Australia and the United States. The massive production, unlike anything undertaken by National Geographic Channel before, puts familiar Biblical characters under a new lens to give them layers of meaning rarely explored before.

With a script from Academy and Emmy Award-winning screenwriter Walon Green, and directed by BAFTA Award-winner Chris Menaul, KILLING JESUS brings a rich perspective to Jesus’ story that will intrigue believers and nonbelievers alike.

KILLING JESUS begins in the era of Jesus’ birth, with King Herod the Great ruling Judea, but feeling uneasy about potential threats to his power. This uneasiness leads Herod to order the murder of all boys under age 2, but a young Jesus and his family have already escaped. Moving 26 years into the future, we follow Jesus as he starts to develop and spread his message and begins to amass a following of devout believers. At the same time, new political players, including Herod’s son Antipas and Roman-appointed ruler Pontius Pilate, find themselves troubled by the growing influence of Jesus, while leaders in the Jewish Temple, Caiaphas and Annas, question his teachings and methods.

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Through collusion, conspiracy and influence, Jesus is eventually arrested, in part due to the betrayal of one of his disciples, and crucified. He is buried in an unguarded tomb, and when mourners return several days later to anoint his body, the body is missing.

To this day, the body of Jesus of Nazareth has never been found.

Don’t miss the three-hour television event TONIGHT at 8/7c.


  1. Martha
    Santa Maria, ca
    March 29, 2015, 10:14 am

    I really would love to see this movie, for the last week I have been try to find out what channel this movie is going to be on, comcast web site is do hard to maneuver that it’s fustrating , I am sad to say I might miss this move.

  2. Tj
    Los Angeles, Ca
    March 29, 2015, 10:16 am

    I would like to see some more equality on the channel. I understand that Easter is held high in the Christian religions, however Passover is just as important in the Jewish religion, yet you don’t see any shows talking about the slavery and its escape that the Jews went through. Why is it all about Christ and not even a mention about Passover. Nat Geo you claim to be a worldwide channel, why not act like it?

  3. Gary
    oconomowoc, wi
    March 29, 2015, 4:42 pm

    I’m looking forward to seeing this show. I’ve had it scheduled into my calendar since it was first advertised.
    Too bad Nat Geo loaded the whole prior morning and afternoon with shows that try their best to find other reasons to explain away the stories of the something other than the hand of god.
    It’s always open season on the bible, but I never see a show dissecting any other book from any other faith. I do find these programs interesting, but to load the whole day with anti bible research before the “Killing Jesus” airs. Questionable!!!

  4. Valerie
    March 29, 2015, 7:45 pm

    I was excited until I see almost immediately that they are not going by the bible. Another one and it breaks my heart. The only one made close to following the bible is “Jesus of nazereth” Thank God for that. Never should anyone change anyhing in the bible!!

  5. Michael
    March 29, 2015, 8:26 pm

    So many inaccuracies. For one of the many, the doxology was not a part of the Lord’s Prayer in those days. Do your research.

  6. Michael
    March 29, 2015, 8:32 pm

    But I am happy to see Jesus’ name on a major cable channel. There should be more and on all channels. What is there to be ashamed of. Many people chose their gods, be it money, career, and so on. And they get their choice of Godless entertainment on infinite amounts. So I say more please. Just do your research. Don’t be afraid to ask God for guidance. God Is good.

  7. Mike gunter
    March 29, 2015, 9:40 pm

    This is a pathetic portrayal of the bible’s gospels about Jesus
    And his adult life. Misleading on the message that God’s son was sent to earth to proclaim. bill O’Rielley’s book is a sham!

  8. brooke
    United States
    March 29, 2015, 9:58 pm

    Did the history elites read all the scriptures. Weather you believe it to be true or not many important details were left out. The scripture was written and should have been included.

  9. Linda GOSMAN
    March 29, 2015, 10:15 pm

    I understand O’Reiley’s efforts to relay the events of Jesus’s death as non-partisan as possible even to the extant of downplaying or omitting many historical recorded elements of his ministry. However in what appears to be a “politically correct” move by the author he overstepped his bounds. Call a spade a spade ,in reality a segment of the jewish population fueled by the Jewish ruling order fueled and demanded for his execution. This does not by any means condemn all jews for that event . Just as you can’t condemn all whites or all blacks for the actions of a few. It is to be remembered that Jesus was himself a Jew but at least tell the story the way it really was.

    March 30, 2015, 8:43 am


  11. Rev kristyne
    March 30, 2015, 6:32 pm

    For those asking when it will air again:
    FOX News Channel to Air Special Encore Presentations of Three-Hour Television Event on Good Friday, April 3, at 8 PM ET/PT and Easter Sunday, April 5, at 8 PM ET/PT

  12. Mark EagleFlier
    United States
    March 30, 2015, 6:43 pm

    Killing Jesus was one of the worst television productions I’ve ever viewed. The acting was stiff, The makeup – especially beards – were fake looking. The cinematography was amateurish and sets looked as low-budget as they likely were. Moreover, the scripting and following of the Biblical story line were filled with errors. O’Reilly’s book was decent, but the cinema adaptation failed miserably.

  13. Bernie Wilbanks
    United States
    March 30, 2015, 8:04 pm

    What a disappointment. Was this written and directed by a non believer? It did not go along with the bible or Josephus writings. According to this he was a mere man who had a bunch of followers and caused trouble. End of story.

  14. JWP
    March 30, 2015, 9:21 pm

    The show although attempting to be balanced and pretending to be historical missed its mark. It was a slow, burdening, and missed the basic biblical references many of us expected. It simply was not true to biblical references.
    A pity and waste.

  15. DDC
    April 3, 2015, 2:59 pm

    Obviously there are a lot of negative comments about this show. I am interested in seeing the production. Like anything in history, we cannot believe all that we see or hear. Its merely someones interpretation..its called “ART”. As to the person who spoke about that Passover is just as important as Easter, I agree it is, but what is your point? Why are you comparing this? If someone wants to do a special on Passover…go ahead. Also, we just had a TV series on MOSES not too long ago. Last time I checked..Moses was a Jew. I don’t think anyone is saying that Passover is less important, its thinking like this that creates wars.

  16. tim fulford
    April 5, 2015, 2:50 pm

    I thoroughly enjoyed killing Jesus,the acting was excellent and the man who played Jesus was brilliant,very much looking forward to part 2 tonight

  17. Joe
    New Hampshire
    April 5, 2015, 8:02 pm

    I’m confused, I watched killing of Jesus on some channel a couple weeks back with the same actor portraying Jesus but it had a different portrayal of how Jesus was killed. Are there different versions?

  18. Donald Lusk
    Savannah, Georgia
    July 28, 2016, 2:16 pm

    I taped “Killing Jesus” 2 times and both are different. The beginnings are different as are the times. One is 2 hrs long and the other is 1hr20min. Same people but different story. Why