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Russell Crowe as Noah and Jennifer Connelly as his wife Naamah in Noah. The film makes use of rock giants and tree-growing gizmos to add a touch of Tolkien to the Bible story (CNS)

Not since the 1950s has there been anything quite so ambitious as this eye-boggling attempt to re-create one of the greatest stories ever told

Dr Irving Finkel

How the ark changed shape

British Museum curator Irving Finkel tells Will Gore how the chance discovery of a Babylonian tablet helped him trace the roots of Noah’s Ark