Based on the Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of Christ, the miniseries stars Joseph Morgan (The Vampire Diaries) as Judah Ben Hur and Emily Vancamp (Revenge) as Esther. BEN HUR's multi-talented cast also includes Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), Kristin Kreuk (Beauty and the Beast), Stephen Campbell Moore(Titanic mini-series), Simon Andreu (The Cold Light of Day), James Faulkner ( Bridget Jones ' Diary), Alex Kingston (ER), Ray Winstone (Great Expectations) and Ben Cross (William & Kate).
Written by Alan Sharp and directed by Steve Shill , the miniseries follows Judah Ben Hur , a wealthy Jewish prince betrayed by his childhood friend, Messala. Eventually enslaved, Ben Hur becomes a hero and receives new wealth and power when he saves the life of a Roman leader. His ultimate quest is to deliver vengeance upon Messala for the destruction of the Ben Hur family.
Ovation will also feature The Making of Ben Hur special across all of its content platforms, including SD and HD channels, OvationTV.com, Ovation's 'YouTube channel, VOD and TV Everywhere.
Ovation is the only US television network dedicated to the arts, featuring a one-of-a-kind mix of original and selectively curated series, films, documentaries and specials. The network reaches a national audience of nearly 50 million homes and is available on cable systems across the country, as well as nationally on DIRECTV, Dish, Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-Verse. Ovation is also available in HD and VOD (both in standard and high definition).