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Testament: The Bible in Animation

Testament: The Bible in Animation is a 1996k British-Russian-Welsh Christian animated series that was produced by and shown on Sianel 4 Cymru (S4C). It was also shown on the BBC. It featured animated versions of stories from the Bible, each story using its own unique style of animation, including stop-motion animation. It ran for one series of nine episodes in the United Kingdom and won one Emmy, with three nominations, in the United States. It includes the song "Adiemus" as its intro.

Testament: The Bible in Animation
Also known asTestament: Y Beibl Wedi'i Animeiddio (Wales)
Testament: The Bible in Animation (US and UK)
GenreAnimation, Drama
Created byNaomi Jones
Developed byDerek W. Hayes
Written byRichard Everett
Creative director(s)Martin Lamb
Country of originUK/Russia
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes9
Executive producer(s)
  • Naomi Jones
Producer(s)Gary Hurst
Production company(s)Christmas Films, S4C and Right angle
Original networkBBC2 (UK)
S4C (Wales)
Picture format4:3
Audio formatStereo
Original release11 October (Welsh)
16 October 1996 (English) –
6 December 1996 (Welsh)
11 December 1996 (English)

It shares several similarities with Shakespeare: The Animated Tales and the film The Miracle Maker, sharing many of the same voice talents and styles of animation.

Series overviewEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
19October 11, 1996 (S4C Version)
October 16, 1996 (BBC Wales Version)
December 6, 1996 (S4C Version)
December 11, 1996 (BBC Wales Version)


No.TitleAnimation typeBased onOriginal air date
1"Creation and the Flood"Cel animation and Paint on glassGenesis11 October 1996 (1996-10-11) (S4C Version)
16 October 1996 (BBC Wales Version)
As his ark crosses the drowned Earth, Noah tells his family the story of Adam and Eve, the fall of Lucifer, and the banishment from Eden.
2"Abraham"Stop motionGenesis18 October 1996 (1996-10-18) (S4C Version)
23 October 1996 (BBC Wales Version)
When God told Abraham that he and his wife Sarah would have a son, Abraham was astounded, for Sarah was long past child bearing age, but God assigned to Abraham the honour of being the "Father of Many Nations." Overjoyed at the birth of his son Isaac, Abraham was horrified by the next command from God, to offer his son as a sacrifice to Him.
3"Joseph"Stop motionGenesis25 October 1996 (1996-10-25) (S4C Version)
30 October 1996 (BBC Wales Version)
Sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, Joseph uses his skills to interpret dreams and becomes seated at the right hand of the Pharaoh himself.
4"Moses"Cel animationExodus1 November 1996 (1996-11-01) (S4C Version)
6 November 1996 (BBC Wales Version)
Fleeing after murdering an Egyptian overseer, the Hebrew Moses settles in the land of Midian. But one day he is visited by God who instructs him to return to Egypt and, with the help of his brother Aaron and ten devastating plagues, free the Israelites from the iron grip of the pharaoh Merneptah.
5"Ruth"Stop motionRuth8 November 1996 (1996-11-08) (S4C Version)
13 November 1996 (BBC Wales Version)
This is the story of a woman whose name has becomes synonymous with love and fidelity. In a moving tale, Ruth follows her mother-in-law Naomi back to Naomi's native Bethlehem after the sad death of both women's husbands. Working hard in the fields to feed herself and Naomi, Ruth finds her feeling for her kinsman Boaz run deeper than gratitude for his help with the work. Prepared to marry for Naomi's sake, Ruth's loyalty touches Boaz and he decides to challenge the claim of a closer relative for Ruth's hand.
6"David and Saul"Cel animation1 Samuel15 November 1996 (1996-11-15) (S4C Version)
20 November 1996 (BBC Wales Version)
Tormented by demons, King Saul sends for a musician, David to calm his mind, little knowing the young man will one day be his greatest general - and his greatest enemy.
7"Elijah"Cel animation1 Kings22 November 1996 (1996-11-22) (S4C Version)
27 November 1996 (BBC Wales Version)
Elijah, the one prophet of The Lord God, sets out to save Israel from the corrupt King Ahab and his evil Queen Jezabel.
8"Daniel"Oil paintingDaniel29 November 1996 (1996-11-29) (S4C Version)
4 December 1996 (BBC Wales Version)
Political intrigue and unwavering faith are the cornerstones of the story of Daniel, held captive for many years under the Babylonian Kings. Much loved and respected by the conqueror, King Darius, who appointed him governor, Daniel provoked great jealousy among the court advisers. Divine love and human resolver enter the lions' den together, emerging victorious.
9"Jonah"Oil paintingJonah6 December 1996 (1996-12-06) (S4C Version)
11 December 1996 (BBC Wales Version)
The prophet Jonah rejects God's call to go to Nineveh, but divine intervention, and a great fish brings him to the evil city which he warns will be destroyed in forty days.

Voice castEdit

Broadcast UK historyEdit

  • BBC2 (October 16, 1996 – December 11, 1996, January 6, 1997 – May 13, 1997; repeated from 1998-2006 as part of BBC2's BBC Schools daytime strand also repeated occasionally as part of the BBC Learning Zone in 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2006) [1]


  • S4C (October 11, 1996 – December 6, 1996; in Welsh, as Testament: Y Beibl Wedi'i Animeiddio)


  1. ^ "Search Results - BBC Genome". Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Search Results - BBC Genome".

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