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Describe, analyse and explain: the variety of specifically religious programmes on the terrestrial TV channels.

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Elaine Mealey 11C1 Religion and the Media: RS coursework - part 1 Describe, analyse and explain: the variety of specifically religious programmes on the terrestrial TV channels The media has a great influence in people's life. It is a pervasive part of our society. Media is the way of communicating with large numbers of people such as through television, radio, newspapers and magazines. Programmes and articles directly about religion maybe factual (documentaries, news broadcasts), discussions, acts of worship or comedy ('The vicar of Dibley', 'Father Ted'.) Religious topics may be dealt with indirectly as issues occurring in soap operas, chat shows, and cartoons. Religious documentaries are the most popular religious broadcasts as they deal with issues that effect and are ofinterest to non-religious and religious people. Many documentaries discuss topical issues at the time of a celebration or at times when some parts of the world have been touched by religious issue (for example the Catholic, Protestant unrest in Northern Ireland.) ...read more.


The 'Heaven and Earth' show is shown on a Sunday morning. This programme must have a dedicated audience who actively seek to watch it, because it is positioned between two serious programmes, one about Sunday papers and the other about antiques. As it is on at 10am in the morning, the audience may be people who want to find out how religion effects issues in people's life rather than being people who have already established a religion in their lives and are churchgoers, as most churchgoers would be at a morning service at this time. It is an overtly religious programme aimed at a vaguely religious audience. This is a religious issue chat show presented by Alice Beer and Ross Kelly, sitting on a sofa in a studio. The show has a magazine style format, with short topical features. Guest speakers and celebrities are interviewed to express the range of views they may have. The celebrities make the programme more interesting and more appealing (attractive) ...read more.


This programme is set in many different areas, but always in a Christian place of worship, unlike the studio setting of the 'Heaven and Earth show'. Just as the 'Heaven and Earth show' uses celebrities so does this programme, making it have an important feel and popular. 'Songs of Praise' is not pluralistic, but it is ecumenical. It has been written for a range of churches, being sensitive to the belief of each church. This programme has used contemporary and traditional forms of worship making the programme appeal across generations. In this programme there are a few short human interest stories from ordinary people on how faith has helped or touched their life. These short documentaries explore topical Christian issues. I prefer the 'Heaven and Earth show', to 'Songs of Praise' as you are able to get more involved with the issue in discussion and it is left up to you to decide which belief you feel is correct, as a range of beliefs are shown. I think the 'Heaven and Earth show' has a future, because there are becoming less and less committed religious people. ...read more.

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