It is an adventure series with a biblical theme – a group of children are on the run from persecution in Nero’s Rome. While hiding them in his bakery, Ben tells them stories of the life of Jesus. It works extremely well for a general audience and it has been highly praised for its authenticity combined with its ability to engage and entertain. There are 13 episodes. Each is introduced by a 90 second introductory piece; this sets the scene of Rome and Nero’s persecution; introduces Ben, the children and their adventures and the stories of Jesus which Ben will tell them.
In Episodes 1-8 each individual episode contains adventures of rescues, escapes and encounters with the Roman authorities as well as 3 stories of, or by Jesus, demonstrating His wonder working, His healing, His miracles and His parables. The adventures take place in a variety of locations from the city to the high seas, the court of Nero, the underground caves of Rome, Ben’s bakery and other secret meeting places. The stories of Jesus told at various times and in different places come largely from St. Mark’s record of the ministry of Jesus in Galilee. One episode is devoted to the Nativity stories.
Episodes 9-13 are based upon the stories of Holy Week, the betrayal, trial, death and the Resurrection of Jesus and beyond. These stores are, unlike those in episodes 1-8, told in the sequential order found in Mark’s Gospel and are integrated into the experiences and further adventures of Ben and his young friends.
The series and the 2 specials based upon it have now been sold in 105 countries. For example, it has been broadcast by ITV in the U.K. who commissioned the series, Canal + in France, Belgium and Poland (where Poltel have taken free TV rights), Teletoon in France, Premiere, ZDF and Kinderkanal in Germany, Mediaset in Italy, ABS-CBN in the Philippines, RTE in Ireland, KCTS in South Korea, Canal 13 in Chile, TVI in Portugal, SABC in South Africa, Televisa in Mexico, SAT 7 for Arabic-speaking satellite, The Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation and Middle East Television in Lebanon, Eagle TV in Mongolia, Netware TV in Taiwan, TV Record in Brazil, RTL Klub in Hungary, UT-1 in The Ukraine etc. . . It is also very widely available on video.
In addition to television and video, there is also a comprehensive publishing programme underway with a range of activity books and readers already published.
What people say about Storykeepers:
“This animated series on the stories of the Gospel should fill a great need. Our Council receives countless requests for such programmes.”
Archbishop John P. Foley, Papal Council for Social Communication, Vatican
“This unique series often attracted more viewers than the Disney Club. Over 40% of all 4-9 year olds watching television watched Storykeepers.”
Paul Corley (Controller, ITV Network Factual Programmes)