'Dovekeepers' story described as 'gripping' by producer Roma Downey

March 13, 2015 5:48 PM

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Downey and her husband Mark Burnett eventually adapted the book as a miniseries, which is set to air on CBS March 31 and April 1. Set in ancient Israel, it tells the story of a group of extraordinary women whose lives intersect in a fight for survival at the Siege of Masada. The program will star Cote de Pablo, Rachel Brosnahan and Kathryn Prescott in the title dovekeeper roles; Sam Neill as first-century Jewish scholar and historian Josephus; and Diego Boneta as a star warrior of the Jewish army at Masada.

"I completely fell in love with the novel, The Dovekeepers, written by Alice Hoffman, while reading it on a flight to Europe a couple of years ago," Downey said in press notes released by CBS Thursday.

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