Originally seen on Italian television in April of 2000, Mary Magdalene was one of several feature films produced and written by Gareth Jones and Gianmario Pagano which dramatized the lives of the Bible's supporting characters. Maria Grazia Cucinotta plays the title character, the reformed prostitute who became one of the most fervent and pious followers of Jesus Christ. The film recounts Mary Magdalene's conversion with help of John the Baptist, and her presence at the Crucifixion and the Resurrection (with forgivable doses of dramatic license). Advertised with the ever-so-slightly lurid tag line "She lived the greatest sin, the great love. And she kept the greatest secret," Mary Magdalene made its American TV debut over the PAX network on February 11, 2001.