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Thursday, 19 October, 2000, 13:12 GMT 14:12 UK
God and the Devil join BBC
God, the Devil and Bob
The series was pulled from the NBC network after only four episodes
Controversial American cartoon series God, the Devil and Bob is to be broadcast on BBC TV.

The show, which was taken off air in the US after protests from religious groups, will be shown on BBC Two in the New Year.

God, the Devil and Bob takes a satirical, irreverent look at God's relationship with the Devil with man caught in the middle.

God is depicted as an ageing, beer-guzzling baby boomer who calls upon Bob to prove that humanity is worth saving.

Alan Cumming
Alan Cumming plays the Devil

Rockford Files star James Garner is the voice of God. Scottish actor Alan Cumming is the Devil and French Stewart plays Bob.

The series from Carsey-Werner, the makers of Third Rock from the Sun, caused an uproar when it was shown on US network TV station NBC earlier this year.

Seventeen stations affiliated with the NBC network refused to air the programme.

Further pressure from religious groups finally led to the animation being pulled after only four programmes.

'Irreverent'

None the less, a spokeswoman for the BBC praised the series.

"God, the Devil and Bob is sharply written, well-made and very irreverent, " she said.

"It is a humorous take on the relationship between the forces of good and evil and hapless modern-day man."

God, the Devil and Bob
God and Devil put Bob to the test

Herb Lazurus, president of Carsey-Werner International, said he was "delighted" that the BBC had bought the series.

In the programme, the sunglass-wearing, pop-tart-eating God is shown to have grown weary with his creation.

He is goaded on by the Devil and together they come-up with a solution - to find one man who will ultimately prove whether mankind is worth saving.

The Devil is given free rein by God to select the soul that will represent mankind.

He chooses Detroit family-man and factory-worker Bob Alman, who, by his own admission, is not the right man for the job.

In each episode, Bob has to go through a number of tests to demonstrate the goodness of the human race.

Even though the show is no longer showing in the US, the programme-makers remain optimistic.

Their website thanks all those who have sent them messages of support. They are also forging ahead with a new series.

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