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Describe, Explain & Analyse the Variety of Specifically Religious Programmes on the Terrestrial TV Channels

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Describe, Explain & Analyse the Variety of Specifically Religious Programmes on the Terrestrial TV Channels T here are a variety of specifically religious programmes on the terrestrial TV channels. These are usually shown on a Sunday, these include programmes such as 'Jesus 2000' that is shown every Sunday morning at 11am on ITV, 'Songs of Praise' which is aired at 5.40pm every Sunday on BBC1 and 'Sunday Morning' at 11.02am every Sunday on ITV. These programmes differ in style of presentation because each caters for a different type of audience and because of this they can be categorised. For example, 'Jesus 2000' is a cartoon show evidently made for a young audience therefore this programme can be categorised as for children. 'Songs of Praise' however is more concentrated on worshipping, prayer and songs it can be classified as religious hymns. If programmes are categorised in such method there will be a range of religious programmes aimed at different people. ...read more.

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The programme also had an article on the matters of life and death. The article elaborated about people who have had near death experiences and claim to have been in touch with God. By watching a programme like the 'Vicar of Dibley', people can see that religion can be fun and enjoyable. Even though it does not concentrate seriously on religion, it does to a point show how religion can be. For example it sheds light on the role of a vicar and how important the vicar can be within a religious community. The programme also shows the church council meetings that show life in church. A programme like the 'Vicar of Dibley' can teach people about the atmosphere in a church. People can watch and learn different aspects of religion that take place in a church and by doing this they will be familiar to religious ideas and not feel as though religious people are cutting other people out. ...read more.

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Even though there are a large number of people who enjoy religious programmes, there are a number of people who will not enjoy them. Firstly they may not be interested in religion at all so have no reason to watch such programmes. Also people of no religious faith will not enjoy religious news, the same can be said with people from ethnic minorities. A more realistic reason is that the time slots for the religious programmes are not convenient for some people. For example, if a person has to go to work on a morning shift on a Sunday they will not be able to view the programme, and with most religious programmes on Sunday they will have to record them on to tape via a VCR. Most programmes are shown on Sunday because it is the Holy Sabbath. When God created the universe he finished it in 6 days and rested on Sunday, also Jesus rose from the dead on a Sunday. These reasons explain why most religious programmes are shown usually on a Sunday than any other day of the week. ...read more.

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