Friday, March 30, 2012

Religious (ish) telly for Holy Week

Sat 31st How God Made the English (part 3) presented by Diarmaid MacCulloch 8pm BBC2

Sun 1st April Twenty-Twelve return of the brilliant spoof on the Olympic delivery team. Episode 1 features the ‘Shared Belief Centre’. 11pm BBC2 (repeated from Friday 30th, so just sneaks in). The religious inclusiveness theme continues in the Good Friday episode (BBC2 10pm). Can't wait.

Mon 2nd Chaplains: Angels of Mersey 2nd in the series (last week featured a hospital chaplain and university chaplain, and was very watchable, though very reality-TV-by-numbers), featuring Liverpools Street Pastors. BBC2 8pm

Good Friday The Preston Passion 12 noon BBC1. Broadcast live from Preston, and inspired by the Manchester Passion of a few years ago. Looks good.

King of Kings (C4 9.40am) is the only biblical-themed film in the terrestrial schedules that day. Unless you count Happy Feet, an anti-religious polemic played out by penguins (ITV2).

And there's the usual host of religious themed movies: Hellboy, Witches of Eastwick, Little Nicky, The Matrix, High Plains Drifter, Minority Report (I've always wondered what Calvinists think of this one), and of course Shawshank.

The current issue of the Radio Times is running its annual award for the best religious broadcasting of the year. And it has a good article by Nick Baines.

Otherwise it’s the usual tired fascination with death (Titanic, Silent Witness, Scott & Bailey etc.) and celebrity (Saturday night).

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