AD/BC: A Rock Opera

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  • 2004
  • 1 Season
  • 7.4  (875)

AD/BC: A Rock Opera is a comedic musical masterpiece from the BBC that premiered in 2004. Written by and starring the incredibly talented Matt Berry, the show takes place during the year 1 A.D. and is a satirical take on the nativity story, reimagined as a rock opera that hilariously skewers Christianity and Christmas traditions.

The show begins with our main character, Joe, played by Berry, working at a department store during the Christmas season. Joe is miserable and lonely, and as he endures the annual torture of cheesy Christmas carols and over-the-top decoration displays, he fantasizes about the birth of Jesus bringing him some much-needed joy and meaning in his life.

In the reimagining of the nativity story, the third wise man, Frankincense (played by Richard Ayoade), struggles to keep up with the other two, Gold and Myrrh, as they travel to Bethlehem to see the newborn messiah. Meanwhile, King Herod (played hilariously by Julian Barratt) is convinced that Jesus is a threat to his reign and orders his execution.

But the true star of the show is the music. Each song is a perfectly crafted rock anthem that will have you tapping your feet and humming along. From the lively opening number "Peace on Earth" to the unforgettable "Stable Song," which sees Joe join the nativity cast with his own outlandish interpretation of the word 'stable,' the music is an absolute treat.

Berry's incredible vocals are on full display throughout the show, and he also showcases his impressive songwriting skills. The clever and often hilarious lyrics are a perfect match for the upbeat and catchy music.

The sets and costumes are also a standout feature of AD/BC: A Rock Opera. The show is shot on location, and the stunning settings add a fantastic depth and richness to the production. The costumes are a fun mix of ancient and modern, with Joseph and Mary dressed in traditional garb, while the wise men are in more contemporary outfits.

The characters are all expertly played by a talented cast of actors, each bringing their own unique flair to their roles. Barratt's Herod is a particular standout, with his delightfully over-the-top performance adding just the right amount of villainy to the show. The chemistry between the ensemble cast is palpable, and they all seem to be having a blast bringing this hilarious and irreverent story to life.

Overall, AD/BC: A Rock Opera is a must-watch for fans of musicals, comedies, or anyone looking for a truly unique and memorable holiday viewing experience. Berry's talent is on full display in this production, and it's a great reminder that he is one of the most multidimensional entertainers working today. The music is fantastic, the jokes are hilarious, and the whole thing is a lot of fun. Take some time this holiday season to travel back to the year 1 A.D. and join Joe, Mary, and the rest of the nativity cast for a rock and roll Christmas adventure you won't soon forget.

AD/BC: A Rock Opera is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (1 episodes). The series first aired on December 20, 2004.

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AD/BC: A Rock Opera
1. AD/BC: A Rock Opera
December 20, 2004
An outstanding accomplishment in late 70's British religious rock opera, this lavishly produced adaptation of Tim Wynde and Solomon Homerton's 'fringe stage sensation' celebrates the life affirming story of Christ's nativity as told through the eyes of the Innkeeper (played by Wynde). Joined by the cream of rock (Roger Kingsman, The Purple Explosion), folk (Maria Preston Bush), expressionist dance (C.T Homerton) and professional wrestling (Kaplin Choice), Solomon and Wynde's AD/BC features such classic songs as 'Spreading the Holy Light (Part 2)', 'Jospeh Arrives' and the 'Telephone Call of Ruth (To Tony)'. Wynde's 'sweeping score' and Solomon's 'lively lyrics' combine to make a 'startling'-ly fresh take on this universal story of love, faith and hotel management.
Where to Watch AD/BC: A Rock Opera
AD/BC: A Rock Opera is available for streaming on the BBC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch AD/BC: A Rock Opera on demand at Amazon.
  • Premiere Date
    December 20, 2004
  • IMDB Rating
    7.4  (875)