‘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.

Acts & St Paul’s Letters Audio Project

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".

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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

"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’. "

Lonely Planet Traveller Read

“I have always wanted to play Paul, not just because I am a Christian (I think that is the worst reason) but for the same reason I wanted to play Sigmund Freud (who I did play), because he is another man who has changed the modern thinking of the Western World.”

Justin Brierley / Christianity Magazine 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

David Suchet in the Footsteps of Saint Paul (broadcast BBC One, 23rd / 24th December 2012) was a television choice in the Radio Times, the TV Times, the Daily Mail, the Daily Telegraph, the Mail on Sunday, the Sunday Telegraph, and the Sunday Times.