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‘In the Footsteps of St Paul’ Documentary

Saint Paul travelled the Mediterranean world by foot and by sea on a mission to establish Christianity as the true religion. Embarking on his own personal journey, David Suchet retraces Paul’s footsteps and visits the places he walked two thousand years ago. As a believer himself, David feels an intimate connection to Christianity’s most famous convert.

This two-part series for the BBC sees David investigating the man he has long wanted to play just as any actor might research a particular role. Using this approach to Paul along with the latest archaeological research and an in-depth examination of his writings, David gains a better understanding of St Paul – the man and his mission.

  • Watch

Part 1, BBC One 9am Sunday 23rd December

Part 2, BBC One, 9am Monday 24th December

  • Watch

Part 1, BBC ONE HD 6pm Sunday 30th December

Part 2, BBC One HD 6pm Monday 31st December

Audio Project

  • Acts
  • Romans
  • 1 Corinthians
  • 2 Corinthians
  • Galatians
  • Ephesians
  • Philippians
  • Colossians
  • 1 Thessalonians
  • 2 Thessalonians
  • 1 Timothy
  • 2 Timothy
  • Titus
  • Philemon

David Suchet reads Acts & St Paul’s Letters

David Suchet talks about Paul, his letters and the Bible Audio Project

This epic audio recording of the entire Bible by David Suchet begins with the release of Acts and St Paul’s writings. The story of Acts is a historical record of the early church and includes the account of Paul’s famous conversion on the road to Damascus.

St Paul’s Letters, addressed to new Christian communities around the Mediterranean, serve as a valuable insight into Christianity’s origins. In reading Paul’s letters, David conveys the way Paul actually spoke as well as the energy with which he delivered his message. In David’s own words “to understand Paul, you need to hear Paul”.

Paul talks about Christianities and how people can save money by changing the way they sell their homes using low cost online estate agents who in most cases are, fixed fee! Saving money is indeed, a religion!


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David Suchet in Jerusalem
David Suchet in Jerusalem
David Suchet in the Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives, Jerusalem
David Suchet in the Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives, Jerusalem
David Suchet writes in his ‘Paul’ journal on the Mount of Olives, Jerusalem
David Suchet writes in his ‘Paul’ journal on the Mount of Olives, Jerusalem
David Suchet writes in his ‘Paul’ journal at Acrocorinth, Greece
David Suchet writes in his ‘Paul’ journal at Acrocorinth, Greece
David Suchet sees stones left from the destruction of Jerusalem in AD70
David Suchet sees stones left from the destruction of Jerusalem in AD70
David Suchet diving at Caesarea harbour, Israel
David Suchet diving at Caesarea harbour, Israel
David Suchet diving at Caesarea harbour with Gil Gambash
David Suchet diving at Caesarea harbour with Gil Gambash
David with Greek Patriarch, Theophilos III, in Jerusalem
David with Greek Patriarch, Theophilos III, in Jerusalem
David Suchet in a Jerusalem Kosher Meat Market
David Suchet in a Jerusalem Kosher Meat Market
David Suchet and Ronny Reich at the mikvah (ritual bathing pool), at foot of ancient Temple steps, Jerusalem
David Suchet and Ronny Reich at the mikvah (ritual bathing pool), at foot of ancient Temple steps, Jerusalem
David Suchet and Ronny Reich make a find in the mikvah (ritual bathing pool), at foot of ancient Temple steps, Jerusalem
David Suchet and Ronny Reich make a find in the mikvah (ritual bathing pool), at foot of ancient Temple steps, Jerusalem
David Suchet with Ronny Reich on the Southern Temple steps, Jerusalem
David Suchet with Ronny Reich on the Southern Temple steps, Jerusalem
David in the Mount of Olives Jewish cemetery with Danny Shwarz
David in the Mount of Olives Jewish cemetery with Danny Shwarz
David in the Judean wilderness, on the way to Damascus
David in the Judean wilderness, on the way to Damascus
The Judean wilderness
The Judean wilderness
David Suchet films on the Mount of Olives, Jerusalem
David Suchet films on the Mount of Olives, Jerusalem
The Temple Mount / Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem, as viewed from the Mount of Olives
The Temple Mount / Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem, as viewed from the Mount of Olives

In The Media

Clive solves a mystery with actor David Suchet, who’s played the lead role in ‘Agatha Christie’s Poirot’ since the detective series launched. David’s about to investigate the life of St Paul, exploring the latest archaeological and historical research associated with the story of this charismatic man and his mission.

‘David Suchet: In The Footsteps Of St Paul’ is on BBC One on Sunday 23rd and Monday 24th December at 09.00.

Loose Ends / BBC Radio 4 Read

Aside from making fascinating television, the documentary is something of a personal journey for Suchet. “I went to a Church of England school, but I wasn’t raised in any religion. My father became an atheist, my mother was a non-practising Anglican and my forebears included Lithuanian Jews! But I’ve always believed there was something more to life than just what we see.”

Sarah Chambers / The Daily Mail Read

David was thrilled to be asked to make In The Footsteps Of St Paul, which sees him travel around the Mediterranean to find out more about the enigmatic Paul. But he discovered it would be wrong to portray Paul as a benevolent spirit gently spreading the word in a Christ-like way.

“I’m not sure I would have liked him,” admits David. “Such was his zeal, if you like, that he never suffered fools gladly. He was irascible, terribly powerful and he wouldn’t mince his words. Paul’s temperament meant he was an extremist, although he called for moderate behaviour in others. He called for it because he knew he found it difficult.”

Vicky Power / The Daily Express Read

“St Paul is truly a hero of mine. Following the route of his travels for In the Footsteps of St Paul, I couldn’t believe how far he travelled. We live in the age of travel and communication – motorcars, railways, aeroplanes. It’s hard to imagine in modern terms how that one man – by walking, going by boat and riding by mule – covered the distance and had the effect that he did, telling the story of Christ. He was incredibly brave. Missionaries in the time of Christ really did travel: St Thomas went to India, and some say that St Peter went to England. They took it seriously when Christ said: ‘Go ye into all the world’. ”

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About Paul

Saint Paul is also known as the Apostle Paul, Paul of Tarsus or by his Hebrew name Saul. Little is known about his family but he himself claims to have come from the city of Tarsus in present-day Turkey.

Regarded as early Christianity’s first and most influential missionary he was once one of its most forceful and brutal opponents. He witnessed and supported the stoning of Stephen, the first Christian martyr. As an observant Jew, Paul believed in the strict following of the Jewish Law. The newly emerging Jesus movement challenged this strict observance.

Paul changes his mind about Jesus when about a few years after his crucifixion he was blinded in the desert and believes himself to have had an encounter with the risen Son of God. This pivotal moment in Paul’s life sets him on a mission to spread the message of Jesus’ resurrection to Jews and non-Jews alike. With it, comes a new vision of a compassionate society

Further Reading

When in Rome: St Paul and Women, by Dr Helen Bond

About David

David Suchet was born in Paddington, the son of an eminent Harley Street surgeon and one of three brothers. His acting career spans more than 40 years during which he has performed numerous award-winning roles for theatre, television, film and radio.

Internationally, he is best known for his definitive portrayal of Hercule Poirot, the Belgian detective created by mystery novelist Agatha Christie. David has spent half of his career in the company of Monsieur Poirot in nearly 70 TV productions. Being able to complete the entire Poirot canon has been a special privilege for David Suchet and one of the highlights of his career.

In 2011, David was awarded a CBE by the Queen for his services to drama. David has presented and been the subject of a number of TV documentaries. Presenting ‘In the Footsteps of Paul’ is the closest he’s got to realizing his ambition to play the Christian Saint.

The Future Bible Project

Like it or not, Western society and modern thought has been influenced by the Bible. Whether as a record of ancient history, a collection of interesting stories, or as a manifesto for social justice, the Bible remains one of the world’s best sellers and continues to be a hugely influential book. Yet for the majority of people today, the Bible and its importance has been marginalized and ignored.

We aim to create an online space that makes the Bible accessible and engaging to all. Audio recordings of the Bible by David Suchet help bring this ancient text to life and will enable listeners to connect with its content. This space will host audio, videos, short essays and images through which thoughts and opinions about the Bible are given full expression to the widest possible audience.

David Suchet talks about the Bible’s importance

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