Diogo Morgado portrays Jesus in a scene from the television miniseries The Bible on the History Channel.

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Diogo Morgado portrays Jesus in a scene from the television miniseries The Bible on the History Channel.

February 18, 2013

It took the combined clout of an actress best known for playing an angel and her big-ratings executive-producer husband, but Roma Downey and Mark Burnett have pulled off the making of a 10-hour miniseries, The Bible, that gets its premiere Sunday, March 3, on the History channel.

The miniseries runs 6-10 p.m. Mountain Time each Sunday in March through March 31, Easter Sunday.

Downey's career role was playing the angel Monica for nine seasons in the TV drama Touched by an Angel.

Her husband Burnett added his Hollywood muscle.

Unlike other biblical films and TV miniseries, The Bible splits its 10 hours evenly between the Old and New Testaments.

Another difference, according to Burnett: "For example, in a lot of older biblical films, it looks like a lot of the disciples, Jesus, the Romans, stepped right out of a dry cleaner. Not a speck of dust on them.

And the lighting didn't feel real."