Following the success of Moses the Lawgiver, Lew Grade (later Lord Grade) was keen to commission further projects with a biblical theme. The result was a television miniseries, Jesus of Nazareth / Gesu' di Nazareth, a British-Italian joint venture financed by Lew Grade and Radiotelevisione Italiana (RAI), with Vincenzo Labella as executive producer, Franco Zeffirelli as director and Burgess sharing scriptwriting credit with Zeffirelli and Suso Cecchi d'Amico. David Butler is also thought to have contributed scripts to the series. Maurice Jarre composed a musical score to accompany the television series, which premiered in Europe in April 1977 and was broadcast the following year in the US. A collection of photographs from the series, with text by William Barclay, was published in conjunction with the television broadcast, and titled Jesus of Nazareth.
Burgess wrote a full length novel of his script for the Zeffirelli production, titled Man of Nazareth. Man of Nazareth first appeared in print in French, as L'Homme de Nazareth (1976), translated by Georges Belmont and Hortense Chabrier, and then in Italian as L'Uomo di Nazareth (1978), translated by Liana Burgess. The English original, first published in 1979, makes no reference to the film.
This series contains a set and location list, outlines for various episodes, and drafts of the screenplay for the English and Italian television series. It also includes fragments of drafts of Man of Nazareth and a brief music score.
Source: "A Clockwork Counterpoint: the Music and Literature of Anthony Burgess" by Paul Phillips (Manchester University Press, 2010)