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

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RELIGION AND THE MEDIA A1: Describe, explain and analyse the variety of specifically religious programmes on terrestrial TV channels There are five terrestrial television channels in the United Kingdom namely BBC 1, BBC 2, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5. Between these channels there are many religious programmes, the table below shows a few examples: SHOW Genre Channel Day Aired Time Aired Songs of Praise Praise and Worship BBC 1 Sunday 5:45pm Who's Afraid of the 10 commandments Debate ITV Monday 12:00am My Favourite Hymns Praise and Worship ITV Sunday 10:30am Jesus 2000 Magazine/Series ITV Sunday 11:00am Sunday Morning Magazine ITV Sunday 11:05am The Heaven and Earth show Magazine BBC 1 Sunday 10:00am Miracles of Faith Faith/Documentary Channel 5 Sunday 10:05am Beginners Bible Children Channel 5 Sunday 8:00am Marrying Out Documentary Channel 4 Saturday 9:00pm The Vicar of Dibley Comedy BBC 1 Friday 9:30pm Father Ted Comedy Channel 4 Friday 10:00pm I have decided to view and review in detail three of these religious programmes they are, * Songs of Praise * Sunday Morning * Father Ted I believe the range of genres I picked will be sufficient to give an idea of the variety of religious shows on TV. ...read more.

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In this episode the couple were at RAF Marham, King's Lynn and Sandringham, which one of the churches the Queen attends. Hymns were sung at Castle Acre and Reverend John McFarlane led the service shown on the programme. Sunday morning is a programme that focuses on various religious topics and shows a view of everyday life in a modern society again based around Anglican section of church and like 'Songs of Praise' the lyrics to hymns are displayed. Sunday morning shows a more natural and human side on TV are tending to do this instead of showing Christians as 'perfect' people. You can also learn more about the lifestyles religious people live, again helping to contribute to 'normal' perception of Christians. Father Ted - Length 30 minutes Father Ted is a sitcom based around the exploits of three priests on a small Irish Island they are Father Ted, Father Dougal and Father Jack. In this episode 'The Passion of St Tibulus', the Pope condemns a movie called 'The Passion of St Tibulus' so a newly promoted Bishop Brennan tells Ted to stop the residents of Craggy Island from watching the movie. ...read more.

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The educational factor is intertwined with entertainment this is why children enjoy these religious shows and watch them. Entertainment can be used on it's own, this is shown in popular comedy programmes such as Father Ted and the Vicar of Dibley. These shows have a much wider appeal and get an audience that most religious show wouldn't come close to. Some people's lack of faith or interest means that they don't care about religion, also the people who don't watch religious shows may have their own reservations or beliefs which conflict with what is being shown on television. I believe the is because most if not all religious programmes on terrestrial TV are based around Christianity this is why the 'God Slot' in which religious programmes are shown, is on a Sunday, (Sunday being Christianities holy day). Although the variety of genres is very diverse I feel the amount of different religions shown on TV (i.e. Hinduism, Judaism, Sikhism and the religion of Islam) is quite low considering the ethnically diverse country that the United Kingdom has become. ?? ?? ?? ?? Jayson Grant 11JB(R) ...read more.

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