Robert Powell

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All Pencil Prints are printed on the finest Bockingford Somerset Velvet 255 gsm paper.

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Last update : 15/1/19

In the history of movies, Jesus Christ has led a somewhat chequered life. Whilst no other character has inspired as many celluloid portrayals, some of these incarnations have been execrable – ‘The Greatest Story ever told’ and ‘Ultrachrist’ spring readily to mind – whilst others, like ‘Nativity Story,’ have been simply mediocre. As for Mel Gibson’s much lauded 2004 production ‘The Passion of Christ,’ I had to ask myself whether I really needed to endure two hours of gratuitous violence to be reminded of man’s inhumanity to man.

For many religious devotees, Franco Zeffireli’s 1977 6 part television miniseries is still widely regarded as the definitive portrayal of Christ’s life. Incredibly, the man with the piercing blue eyes who would secure televisual immortality for his leading role, was originally considered for the part of Judas.

Instructed by his director to refrain from blinking – a considerable undertaking for many an individual – Robert Powell was able to convey both an air of messianic spirituality, and an uncanny physicality that closely mirrored our perception of the Son of God.

Recommended viewing

Jesus of Nazareth - Tv Miniseries (1977)

The 39 Steps (1978)

Don Sharp\‘s 1978 version, with Robert Powell as Hannay, moves at a sprightly pace whilst remaining faithful to a number of key elements in Buchan\‘s original novel. Out go certain elements of Hitchcock\‘s original screen template such as Mr Memory and the Head of Operations with a missing finger, whilst the climactic scene inside and outside Big Ben provides genuine tension.

On the trail of a ring of secret agents intending to assassinate the visiting Greek Prime Minister with a bomb planted inside Parliament, the film is a rollercoaster ride from start to finish, ably conveying the intensity of the manhunt over the Scottish Moors.

A highly regarded website for those interested in exploring more of the life and works of John Buchan can be located at:


Harlequin (1982)

Imperative (1982)

Hannay (ITV Series 1988-89)

Powell reprises one of his two most famous roles as the Edwardian adventurer Richard Hannay, in this hit drama series.

Having forged a successful career as a mining engineer, prospector and military intelligence officer in South Africa, Richard Hannay returns to Britain amid the mounting tensions of pre-First World War Europe. His plans to settle down are dashed, however, when the naval arms race between Britain and Imperial Germany enters a dangerous new phase and his ingenuity is stretched to its limit by the ever-inventive schemes of his ruthless arch-enemy, Count Otto von Schwabing…

Some variable quality control, but the series ramps up nicely in its second season. Consistently fine from a visual perspective with atmospherically shot countrysides, stately manor houses and vintage motor cars, Powell thankfully remains a convincing adventurer despite another ten years on his visual clock as this series is set in 1912, some two years earlier than the original Rank Organisation’s big screen version. Intriguingly introspective and chivalrous in equal measure, Powell cuts the mustard in a series full of daring-do, some vaguely politically incorrect remarks – and we all need to ‘toughen up’ a little on that score), this 4-disc DVD set remains the perfect remedy for dark and dull winter days.