David Threlfall as Noah in BBC One’s ‘The Ark’ trailer

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The first trailer has been unveiled for BBC One’s upcoming biblical drama, The Ark.

Starring Shameless actor David Threlfall as Noah with Joanne Whalley (The Borgias, Jamaica Inn) as his wife, Emmie, the one-off special is a retelling of the story of Noah and The Ark.

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The official synopsis reads: “Noah, a farmer and family man, is instructed by an angel to build an ark in the middle of a desert in order to save both his family and the faithful from a devastating flood.  A seemingly impossible task, especially when his sons refuse to believe him and help, Noah risks ridicule and humiliation from the degenerate townsfolk as well as his loving but exasperated family, in his quest to carry out his God-given task.

“The Ark is a timeless tale; a story of family and faith; about one man’s belief and fixation with building the ark which will ultimately save his family and mankind. It is an obsession which leads to the fragmentation of his family, a test of their faith in their father and their father’s faith in God and everything he believes in.”

Written by Hustle creator Tony Jordan, The Ark was shot in Morocco last year.

The cast also includes Emily Bevan (In The Flesh), Nico Mirallegro (Hollyoaks), Ashley Walters (Top Boy), Hannah John-Kamen (The Hour), Georgina Campbell (One Night), Ian Smith (The Syndicate), Michael Fox (New Worlds) and Andrew Hawley (Borgia).

> Read our review of Russell Crowe’s recent Noah movie.

David Threlfall commented last year: “It’s not just a family saga but the first family saga. It takes its inspiration from many faiths and speaks of values which should be shared across all cultures.”

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