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AD/BC: A Rock Opera (2004)

An all-singing, all-dancing, star-spangled musical leap around the biblical story of the Nativity, set in 1972. With a comic twist, this familiar story is brought to life through the eyes ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Ayoade

Writers:

Richard Ayoade (book), Matt Berry (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Berry ... Innkeeper / Tim Wynde
Julia Davis ... Ruth
Julian Barratt ... Tony Iscariot
Richard Ayoade ... Joseph
Matt Lucas ... God
Noel Fielding ... Shepherd
Tom Hillenbrand Tom Hillenbrand ... Shepherd
Karl Theobald ... Shepherd
Lydia Fox ... Wise Man
Lucy Montgomery ... Wise Man
Sophie Winkleman ... Wise Man
Marc Cieslak Marc Cieslak ... Townsfolk
Sean Douglas Sean Douglas ... Townsfolk
Laurence Fox ... Townsfolk
Rich Fulcher ... Townsfolk
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An all-singing, all-dancing, star-spangled musical leap around the biblical story of the Nativity, set in 1972. With a comic twist, this familiar story is brought to life through the eyes of the innkeeper. Despairing after a bad year, he contemplates suicide but his attempt is stalled by a voice from above who points out that King Herod is coming to town. Written by Anonymous

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Musical | Comedy

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Official Sites:

BBC Three [UK]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 2004 (UK) See more »

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Production Co:

Baby Cow Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Tony Iscariot: What am I doing? I'm looking at one of the most beautiful women in Bethlehem. That's what I'm doing. Top twenty, easily.
[laughs]
Tony Iscariot: Top ten. I imagine that innkeeper doesn't know how to treat a lady. Would you like something to drink? I bet you've never had champagne before. Try it! The bubbles tickle your nose. Make you randy! Seafood, do you like seafood?
[louder]
Tony Iscariot: I said, do you like seafood? We must satisfy our appetites. Build up our stamina. You know, it's quite interesting, I've recently ...
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Matt Berry and Ayoade are weird, creative guys
14 October 2007 | by jsipe16See all my reviews

I watched this Rock Opera tonight and laughed the nervous, embarrassed laughter that I think the creators intended. AD/BC is clearly a play on Jesus Crist Superstar, and mimics that original film's clearly hippy 70s feel for maximum crunch power. If you've ever seen Garth Merenghi's Dark Place or IT Crowd (also with Ayoade and Berry), or The Mighty Boosh (with Adrian Barratt, Noel Fielding, and Matt Berry), you will probably like this musical. All of these guys have a certain leaning toward absurdist comedy with an intentional nostalgic, low-budget production quality, and this is probably one of the best representational examples.


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