The Second Coming

The Second Coming - Part One

Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 2/9/03
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  • Episode Description
  • Steven Baxter of Yorkshire is the Second Coming of Jesus Christ who proves himself by performing a miracle at the Manchester United football grounds. The Apocalypse is coming unless a Third Testament to the Bible is produced. Can humankind be saved?

  • Cast & Crew
  • Christopher Eccleston

    Stephen Baxter

  • Lesley Sharp

    Judith Roach

  • Peter Armitage

    Frank Baxter

  • Russell T. Davies

  • Adrian Shergold

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (5)

    • (sat in the pub with his new 'disciples', Steve talks about what he will do) Steve: You've had one big miracle but that's it. (the pub explodes around them in a fiery blaze, but they are not consumed) Steve: Well, maybe 2.

    • (Stephen asks for the Third Testament from the crowd, and tells them why they need to do it). Stephen: Heaven is empty, and Hell is bursting at the seams.

    • (When asked what will he do as Son of God, he replies he doesn't know). Stephen: Can't be human and omniscient at the same time.

    • Stephen Baxter: I know what you're like. I've been you. Knowing there is great evil and doing nothing about it. Keeping my head down, giving a quid to charity, signing a petition, joking about it down the pub, but doing nothing. Even now I want to do nothing, I want to go home, shut the door and pretend that nothing is happening. But I can't - because I was born the son of God. The son of God came to you before and gave you a testament, but you did nothing. This time, there'll be a third testament. A guide to living your lives today, and it will be written by you. In one week, I will be given the third testament, then we'll start again, every country, every religion. And, don't argue. All you Christians out there, don't say "We were right." Because I've seen what you've done. You stupid, stupid people. You've finally did it, I've seen it. Heaven is empty, while hell is bursting to the seams.

    • Stephen Baxter: God is real, fact. Heaven is real, fact. Hell is real, and it's burning. Fact.

    Notes (3)

    • This episode had an audience of 6.3 million.

    • In 2004, it was nominated for two Royal Television Society Awards - for Best Serial Drama and Best Writer (Russell T. Davies).

    • In 2004, this was nominated for the Best Actor BAFTA for Christopher Eccleston and the Best Drama BAFTA.

    Trivia (1)

    • The revealing crowd scene at the football stadium was originally to be filmed at Manchester United's football ground, Old Trafford. But permission was refused. So it was filmed at Manchester City's ground at the time, Maine Road.

    Allusions (1)

    • Judith Lesley Sharp plays a character called "Judith", and there is a controversial lost book of the bible known as the "Book of Judith", which is a tale focusing on the dangers of a beautiful woman.

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