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Describe the variety of specifically Religious Programmes on the 4 main television channels

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Ai) Describe the variety of specifically Religious Programmes on the 4 main television channels I looked at TV guides over a period of two weeks, between the 19th of November and the 3rd of December. I looked at BBC1, BBC2, ITV and Channel 4 and recorded the names of television shows I identified as religious. In order to obtain fair results I didn't chose a time where there would be lots of religious programmes like religious festivals such as Christmas. I recorded my findings into the following table: Date Channel Time Programme Sunday 20th November ITV1 00:00-00:35 Faith and Music Sunday 20th November BBC1 10:00-11:00 The Heaven And Earth Show Sunday 20th November ITV1 14:15-14:45 Parish in The Sun Sunday 20th November BBC1 17:10-17:45 Songs of Praise Monday 21st November Channel 4 20:00-21:00 Priest Idol Friday 25th November BBC2 02:00-02:30 OU: Two Religions, Two Communities Saturday 26th November Channel 4 19:10-20:10 Preachers To Be Sunday 27th November ITV1 00:00-00:45 Faith and Music Sunday 27th November BBC1 10:00-11:00 Stranger in The Manger? Sunday 27th November ITV1 13:55-14:25 Parish In The Sun Sunday 27th November BBC1 17:10-17:45 Songs Of Praise Monday 28th November Channel 4 20:00-21:00 Priest Idol Tuesday 29th November BBC2 22:00-22:30 Grumpy Old Women At Christmas Wednesday ...read more.

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Out of 4 channels the religious programmes only take up 2% of the total broadcasts. The majority of the religious broadcasts also tended to be on a Sunday. Also, out of the religious programmes shown there are only two programme that aren't Christian. OU: Two Religions, Two Communities and Preachers To Be are the only programme which isn't specifically Christian out of the above programmes. The 4 main channels are available to everyone in the country, so Christian programmes tend to be the religion shown as we live in a Christian country. However there are TV channels dedicated to other religions such as Islam and Judaism. Programmes on other religions are much more likely to be found on such channels. Although religious programmes aren't shown much on the 4 main channels, other channels available through subscription such as 'The God Channel' show religious programmes all day long. Channel 4 mainly shows reality TV programmes, and this is reflected even in the religious programmes it shows. The 2 main religious programmes shown are Priest Idol and Preachers To Be. Priest Idol follows a vicar trying to draw more people into the church over a 12 month period. ...read more.

Conclusion

Other programmes such as the 3 minute wonder series are not deeply religious, and as they are only 3 minutes long they provide a brief overview of religious topics such as the 10 commandments. However programmes such as 'Songs of Praise' and 'Faith and Music' are more religious and are about praising and worshipping God. We do not live in a deeply religious society where religion occurs in normal day to day activities, and this is reflected in what's shown on TV. The majority of people in today's modern society are more interested in having soaps and news on their 4 main channels, and subscribe to religious channels if they want religious programmes. In conclusion there aren't a lot of specifically religious programmes on the 4 main television channels. The majority of the ones that are shown aren't shown at prime times when the majority of people watch TV such as Saturday between 8 and 10. Instead they're shown from the early hours of the morning to mid afternoon. This is because people today tend not to be as religious as in the past, and therefore there isn't a high demand for specifically religious programmes on TV. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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