This has been a big hit in the US, where the the first episode was seen by 13.1 million viewers on the History channel, the largest cable television audience of 2013 so far. Another 10.8m and 10.9m tuned in for its second and third eps respectively.
The 10 episode series is based on five hours from the Old Testament and five from the New Testament.
Each episode opens with the title card: “This program is an adaptation of Bible stories that changed our world. It endeavors to stay true to the spirit of the book.”
The $22m series was filmed mostly in Morocco. There was some controversy when a Morrocan actor portraying Satan was said to resemble Barack Obama, but conspiracy theories have been denied by Burnett.
A sequel A.D.: Beyond the Bible is due to air on NBC.
Tuesday July 16 at 9.00pm on Nine.