From the BBC Press release:
Messiah returns to BBC One with Marc Warren (Hustle) heading up a new team on the hunt of a sadistic and meticulous killer in a story that is as dark and entertaining as ever.
The impressive new cast also includes Marsha Thomason (Lost) and Daniel Ryan (The Street) along with Nina Sosanya (Sorted), Niall Macgregor (Dalziel And Pascoe) and Rory Kinnear (Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk To Finchley).
In Messiah's fifth outing, a killer is intent on communicating a stark message to the world. It's a story inspired by prophecies from the world's three major religions.
Executive Producer, Robert Cooper feels that it's the rigorous attention to detail and creative storytelling that make this a classic Messiah tale.
He adds: "It's the ambition and scale of what powers the centre of the story – the biggest moment in the world's history – and how what it reveals is absolutely relevant to the world now."
It's also a personal story exploring the lives and troubled histories of the team trying to put an end to the nightmare.
Harry Bradbeer thinks this is central to creating an engrossing and believable story. He says:
"What you want – above all – is for your audience to be engaged in the characters, to care for them. And to be drawn into their fate."