Filming has begun in Morocco for new BBC One drama The Ark, a small-screen adaptation of the biblical story of Noah and The Ark starring David Threlfall, Joanne Whalley, and Nico Mirallegro.
The production of the one-off dramatic special, written by Tony Jordan, will no doubt enjoy heightened interest given Hollywood’s recent take on the same story in Darren Aronofsky’s blockbuster Noah, which was released in UK cinemas on 4 April.
Threlfall (pictured) said the story “jumped off the page at me from the first reading”. He added: “It’s not just a family saga but the first family saga. It takes its inspiration from many faiths and speaks of values which should be shared across all cultures. It was something I immediately wanted to be part of.”
The cast also includes Ashley Walters, Emily Bevan, Hannah John-Kamen, Georgina Campbell, Ian Smith, Michael Fox, and Andrew Hawley.
The BBC describe the parable on which it’s based as “a timeless tale; a story of family and faith; about one man’s belief and fixation with building the ark which will ultimately save his family and mankind”.
Belinda Campbell, executive producer for production studio Red Planet Pictures, said The Ark “will touch those who are both familiar with the story from the Bible, as well as those who are seeing it for the first time. Warm and humorous, it tells the tale of the impact on a family when an ordinary man undertakes to do an extraordinary thing.”
Polly Hill, BBC Head of Independent Drama, added: “It is great to see Tony Jordan’s fantastic scripts attract such a talented and stellar cast which combined will bring this wonderful story to life.”