In this two-part documentary, actor David Suchet undertakes an epic journey spanning the Mediterranean. His inspiration is a charismatic individual whose own travels through this region 2,000 years ago changed the world forever - Paul the Apostle.
On this journey, David seeks to uncover how an obscure Jewish sect from the edge of the Roman Empire shattered the world of the classical gods and challenged the might of Caesar, to become the dominant force in Western civilisation.
The catalyst for this social and religious revolution was a 5'8" powerhouse called Paul. After Jesus, Paul is the most significant figure in the history of Christianity and the Western world. He was the first international ambassador of this new faith, catapulting the radical salvation message of Jesus from Judea to the wider Mediterranean world.
Runtime: 60 minutes
David Suchet: In the Footsteps of St. Paul - Black Limelight - Netflix
Black Limelight is a 1936 play by Gordon Sherry that in 1938 became a British crime film directed by Paul L. Stein, starring Joan Marion and Raymond Massey.
David Suchet: In the Footsteps of St. Paul - Film - Netflix
The film version was made by the Associated British Picture Corporation at ABPC's Elstree facility, with Sherry's play adapted by screenwriters Dudley Leslie and Walter Summers. The completed film was reviewed by Variety in June 1938 (“Script follows closely the stage version, except that the culprit is indicated too early”) and by Britain's Monthly Film Bulletin in July. As well as calling Black Limelight “an interesting example of its type,” the MFB critic pointed out that Joan Marion's performance “is so convincingly restrained that a film which begins as just another murder thriller almost ends up as a social document.” The film's UK general release followed on 9 January 1939 and its New York opening in June. “Although as a murder mystery Black Limelight betrays its hand rather pointedly early in the game,” noted the New York Times, “it has a certain documentary interest as a study of what happens to people mixed up in a big murder case in England ... This being a British film, Scotland Yard is made out to be quite stupid, instead of omniscient, as in our politer productions.” In Britain the film was reissued in 1942 as a second feature, while in the USA it was later screened under the alternative title Footsteps in the Sand. Alexander B. Cust is shown watching this in the 1992 David Suchet Poirot adventure “The A.B.C. Murders”, set in 1936, but the film wasn't made till 1939.