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Describe the variety of specifically religious programmes on the four main television channels.

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Describe the variety of specifically religious programmes on the four main television channels. A1) Personally, until I was given this coursework I had never watched a religious programme from start to finish. This is because even without glancing at the screen I had made up my mind that a religious programme would be boring and for old people. So, as I scanned the television guide for a religious programme to watch and write about, I was genuinely surprised at what I found. Very quickly it became clear to me that there were only 3 main shows for me to choose from, all of which are Christian based. These were BBC1's Songs Of Praise, ITV's My Favourite hymns and BBC1's The Heaven and Earth Show. All 3 shows are shown on a Sunday, which I was surprised at, as although I would expect them to be broadcasted on a Sunday, as it is Holy day, I also expected there to be other shows broadcasted throughout the week. This made me wonder why religious shows weren't being shown right through the week, it also made me question whether religious programmes were actually successful or whether they were required to be shown? I couldn't help feeling that the variety of religious shows on terrestrial television is very limited and somewhat unfair. I think this because the 3 main programmes shown are Christian based (except Heaven and Earth which although it is Christian based does consider mixed views on issues); I find this particularly shocking in the 21st century where a huge majority of our countries population belongs to other religions such as, Islam. When I was looking for a programme to watch I found that there was a couple of other shows in addition to the 3 main ones which I have stated, but theses were only being shown due to the time of year. Over the Christmas period the amount of shows religiously based are increased across the 4 main television channels. ...read more.


Some other Christians may agree with the views of Anna and Adam, as although they believe that life is precious they are also more lenient when it comes to issues such as sex before marriage and unlike Catholics, agree with the use of contraception. They may agree that it should be Becca alone who chooses whether she keeps the baby or not, although they would probably say that if she opts to not keep the baby, rather than having it aborted she should put it up for adoption (unless her own life is being put in danger by giving birth), this way she doesn't have to raise the child and no children of God are killed. On the whole, I think the programme dealt effectively with the issue of teenage pregnancy superbly, they outlined both the pro-choice argument and the anti-abortion argument successfully. Analyse and explain the way in which a religious theme of concern to Christians has been dealt with in a film or television drama. A3) In order to answer this question I chose to watch Four weddings and a Funeral, 1993. I chose this film as I realised just by looking at the title that it would of concern to Christians. The film not only looks at the obvious issues involved in Christianity, such as marriage and death but also looks at promiscuity (having sexual intercourse with a number of people), homosexuality (being sexually attracted to someone of the same sex), and adultery (having sex with someone other than your marriage partner). In the film, Hugh Grant plays the main character, Charles. He and his friends attend weddings as a group but on the whole all remain single themselves, they even joke, "marriage is just a way of getting out of an embarrassing pause in conversation." I think that this "joke" would be seen by many religious people as somewhat worrying as marriage is supposed to be a legal bond between two people that love each other and wish to serve each other for the rest of their lives. ...read more.


The channel 4 show had no problem in showing this. Personally I think that with all programmes taken in to consideration that I disagree with the statement. This is mainly due to the fact the key word in the statement is "always". Although I can see how some programmes, such as Eastenders and The Simpson's, show religious characters as old fashioned, I can also see many programmes where the religious characters in a show come across as the "coolest", and most "in touch" with today's world. I think that programmes such The Simpson's, show religious characters as annoying and as the strange people, as they are a minority. This makes them an easy group of people to target and stereotype. This also used to be the case with other minority groups, such as old people, women, the disabled and black people, but in today's society it has become unacceptable to make jokes at these peoples expense, so religious people have become one of very few groups left which can easily have jokes made about them without having the show or television channel prosecuted. But, I think that it is important to remember that although religious people are stereotyped and made fun of it some television shows, it is purely for comedy reasons and purely to entertain an audience. I think that it is also important to remember that even though some programmes poke funs at religious people, not all do this, as is the case with The Vicar Of Dibley and Father Ted. So, taken as a whole I have come to the conclusion that the statement to which I was made to write a response, is wrong. This is simply because the statement states "television always presents religious people as out of touch" and I believe that I have proved that in fact, although it does occasionally in certain programmes, television does not always present religious people as out of touch. RS Coursework- Christianity Religion in the Media Miss Jakes By Vikki Kirkpatrick 11BH Vikki Kirkpatrick 11BH ...read more.

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