When a 1st Century saviour finds himself in 21st Century London, he's not just taking the piss.
PILOT SCRIPT / FIRST SERIES OUTLINES AVAILABLE
A dark, naked man wakes up in a dirty backstreet in London, with no idea where he is or how he got there. Everything he encounters shocks or frightens him—the people, the cacophony of the city, language, motors. His name is YESHUA, and he might be the man later called JESUS, straight off the cross, and transported through time.
At first, he is horrified by the many crucifixes hanging on walls and dangling from necklaces. What kind of people glorify an instrument of torture and death? Once it dawns on him that the blue-eyed, blonde bloke on the cross is meant to be him? Well, that’s just mental.
Through an extraordinary series of events, by the end of the pilot episode he has a new name and a false identity: Joshua Cohen from Leicester. He is charismatic, well fit, and as he grows into his 21st Century self, surprisingly cheeky. And there is a huge surprise for him (and for us)—he has a sister! LUCI is the older sibling he never knew he had and has never met. She is waiting for him in modern day London. But why? Is she there to help or hinder? Is she in God’s good graces… or is she… the Devil? And when she tries to drown him at the end of the pilot episode, does she mean to kill him, or is it just brother/sister horseplay?
MILA, a sexy former heroin addict, becomes Joshua’s girlfriend. When circumstances force him to reveal his true identity in the middle of the first series, she thinks he’s got to be either psychotic or a lying sociopath. It’s enough to make a girl go back on the smack. In the first series finale she gets incontrovertible proof. Love seemingly wins the day. Her series two dilemma: Does she really want to be God’s daughter-in-law one day?
Joshua’s adventures are varied, surprising, dangerous, funny, and sexually charged. In his own time, he captivated people and they followed him. In our world, his appeal is perceived as something more like animal magnetism, leading Joshua into some sticky situations. Often literally. Some people may find that profane—after all, the Bible makes no mention of how Jesus might respond to a teen chick-with-a-dick who proudly identifies as a sex worker—for instance. Reasonable people might disagree about his level of acceptance.
But the show isn’t meant to be anti-religious. Joshua must learn what it is to be human in our time. Understanding the clashing customs, cultures, and colours of modern life is an almost diabolically tall order. He connects through humor, love, and passionate curiosity. And along the way, if there are times when he thinks he should lie, cheat, steal, and even kill, well, he’ll have his reasons…
Story arcs progress over each series, but the episodes are self-contained, and generally include three storylines: RELATIONSHIPS—Joshua and the people he comes to love; WORK—a seemingly haphazard job path creates new struggles and guest characters; and FAMILY/GOD STUFF—His connection to his own faith changes with the progression of his relationship with his sister and, later, in the third series, with his father.The thing is, God has propelled Joshua forward BEFORE the resurrection in his own time. Is he supposed to go back? What about OTHER religions? If he stays here does that mean Christianity never happens and time gets a major re-boot? Does God have another idea entirely? Will Luci try to force Joshua into a plan of her own? And who says the world even WANTS to be saved?
has propelled Joshua forward before the resurrection in his own time. Is changing history really the cardinal no-no? Is he supposed to go back? What about other religions? If he stays here does that mean Christianity never happens and time gets a major re-boot? Or do God and Lucy have other ideas entirely? After all, who says the world even wants to be saved? c. 2019