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Describe the variety of specifically religious programmes on terrestrial T.V.

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RELIGION AND THE MEDIA: G.C.S.E. RELIGIOUS EDUCATION COURSEWORK QUESTION (ONE) PART (A) Describe the variety of specifically religious programmes on terrestrial T.V. There are many different types of religious programmes, and seeing that there is so much choice over the five terrestrial channels, the importance of religious television has started to drop. The decline in the viewing of sacred programmes brings forward two major questions: Are people less interested in watching such programmes, or are they, as a society, not as religious as they once were? Religious programmes have always been present for as long as the television has been around. An example of a religious programme is a magazine show. The typical features of a magazine show are a presenter, comments on a variety of different issues relating to religion and faith, interviews with celebrities as well as personal stories from ordinary people. An example of a magazine show is "The Heaven and Earth Show", normally shown around mid-day on a Sunday. Before watching the show, I believed that the audience of this programme would be of an old age, and would be people who are very religious, whereas after watching the show, I saw that there was no specific target audience, as the audience was people of all ages. The show concentrates on four main things, reviews, interviews, news and a viewer phone session. The news section talks about topics in which the public has shown interest, which they review. "The Heaven and Earth Show" also investigates about different parts of religion like the spiritual side. Many famous people and ordinary citizens are both interviewed about their religion, and/or on what they think about a specific religious issue. Ultimately, the phone in section is where people phone in and state their views on an important subject. Conclusively, a magazine show, in my opinion, is very interesting and is not always about religion. ...read more.

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These debates were argued between friends, and there were interviews in specific magazines, concerning the subject. The main argument was that if Lynne was just following what her heart had told her, she was doing the absolute right thing. The scriptwriters of "EastEnders" dealt with the issue of Jason and Lynne in an intelligent way. Lynne was ready to depart with Jason to start a new life with him, but her lost feelings for Gary came out at the very last moment, and she realised that her true love was undoubtedly Gary. She could not bare the thought of leaving him forever and told this to Jason. After doing so she ran out of Jason's apartment and went back to her home, where Gary was, to display her love for Gary. Lynne spoke to Gary about her relationship with Jason over the last few days, which Gary found tremendously hard to cope with. This led to Gary losing trust in Lynne, but after a little while he started to understand that Lynne had made a mistake and that she really loved him. Thus, their relationship started to become secure, once again. In my opinion Lynne was in the absolute wrong when she lied and deceived her husband. If Lynne had talked to Gary, straight away, saying what he was maybe doing wrong etc. then she would never have been in a position to cheat on him. Or if she believed that she just did not love Gary anymore then she should have told him and should have broke up with him, before having an affair. I believe that, although, Gary sometimes took no notice of Lynne and may well have been unbearable and lazy, Lynne had no right to violate the vows she pledged to honour, and by doing so she broke the laws of her faith. Had she conceded with her actions in a proper way, by talking to Gary first, instead of having an affair, I would have approved of what she had done. ...read more.

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This programme has an audience of all ages, as the people enjoy such shows, and it is a family programmes. Another example of a programme that displays religious people "in touch" with society is "The Simpsons", a cartoon. "The Simpsons" has a few religious characters, a vicar and Ned Flanders. The vicar is less religious, and sins a lot, compared to Ned Flanders, who is strictly religious; this is seen as a very funny issue. The fact that "The Simpsons" is a cartoon means that its most obvious audience are children, who will call the characters as "funny" and "in touch" with society. Furthermore, a magazine show such as "The Heaven and Earth show" discusses some important issues regarding religion, and also displays religious views on a certain topic. This show does not display religious people as out of touch with the modern world, because the presenters use modern day techniques on the show, like phone in sessions, where they give out advice to callers. In "The Heaven and Earth Show" celebrities are also interviewed, and seeing that they are classed as role models of the modern world, the show does not display religious people as out of touch wit the modern world. Conclusively, I believe that the idea of illustrating religious people as "out of touch" with society is dying out amongst broadcasters, and that they have now started to depict religious people as "in touch" with society, in the modern shows, to attract more audiences. The fact that no other religions are shown on television is understandable, seeing that people of a certain society may find such programmes a little dull for their interests, and broadcasters have a main aim of scoring top marks on the rating of their programmes. My personal point of view is that if the producers of religious shows can somehow include a variety of religions into the modern world and show them fitting in well, this would be an enormous accomplishment. Wajahat Akhtar, 11L Page 1 of 9 5/1/2007 ...read more.

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