New Downey and Burnett Bible series to launch faith journeys

Power couple Roma Downey and Mark Burnett debut TV series Sunday on The History Channel that will likely inspire travel to Bible lands. Photo: Roma Downey and Mark Burnett on Morocco location for the shooting on The Bible in 2012

WASHINGTON, DC, February 25, 2013 - For centuries, travelers have visited the sights of Bible stories. And when a new 10-hour TV series by television power couple Roma Downey (“Touched by an Angel”) and Mark Burnett (“Survivor”) debuts Sunday, March 3 on The History Channel, it’s likely more people will want to travel to Bible lands.

In a somewhat similar style to Emilio Estevez’s  “The Way,” which starred his father Martin Sheen and encouraged many to trek the ancient Camino de Santiago through Spain and France, “The Bible” will get a whole new audience out of their seats and into the destinations where stories told about Abraham, Moses, Jesus Christ and many Old and New Testament Bible characters happened. The series will air in two-hour segments for five Sundays, ending on Easter Sunday, March 31. And plenty of drama is promised.

Married since 2007, Downey and Burnett are both producers who pursued this project against significant odds. In a recent Christian Post report, Downey said her husband had to use perseverance to raise money for the series. “My husband thinks that the word ‘no’ means ‘new opportunity.’ This will go out into the corners of the world and we are very humbled by it,” she said.

Promotional screenings of the series have already attracted crowds of up to 15,000 fans in Nashville, Washington, DC, and Toronto. Burnett and Downey have also created Bible-related merchandise to pair with the series, including sermon guides and classroom materials to thousands of churches they hope will encourage use of “The Bible” as a teaching tool.

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