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Religion and the media. a) i) Describe the variety of specifically religious programmes on the four main television channels. There are many different programmes on television, which are about religion and religious issues. There are many channels, which focus only on religion as well for the very committed believer - Muslim or Christian. These programmes are mainly on religious channels such as the God Channel, which can only be received through Sky television, which is a satellite broadcaster. I am going to focus on the 4 main television channels (BBC1, BBC2, ITV1 and Channel 4) and the religious programmes shown on them because these are the channels that everyone can receive in this country with an ordinary arial. The most popular religious programme on television is 'Songs of Praise', This is a worship programme aimed mainly at Christians, and it is broadcast every Sunday at around 6.00pm. The reason 'Songs of Praise' is aired on a Sunday is because Sunday is the Christian Sabbath day. Since 1961, if a Christian, for whatever reason, cannot attend church that day then this is a way for them to worship and feel a part of the Christian community. When it was introduced in 1961, the programme 'Songs of Praise' was strictly just a church service with hymns sung. ...read more.


On the other hand, the Bible is very clear and says that you should not kill someone as it controls when they die and is like 'playing God'. Christians believe that only God has the right to decide when we die. The issue was dealt with over a few episodes by the scriptwriters, which gave different characters time to show different opinions about euthanasia. It is a controversial issue and some people believe that the law should be changed because we should have the right to end our life if we are in pain and have an incurable disease. Other people believe that euthanasia is wrong and Eastenders should not have shown Dot helping Ethel to die. Dot suffered after she had made the decision because she felt guilty about what she had done and she lost touch with God because she felt that he disapproved of what she had done. She tried to get arrested so that she could be punished. When she told Pauline Fowler, Pauline made her understand that she had done the best thing possible because she had done the most loving thing even though it seemed to go against Christian teaching. Jesus said 'love one another'. Dot had loved Ethel so she wanted the best for her, not pain and suffering. ...read more.


On the other hand, in the T.V comedy show 'The Vicar of Dibley' (BBC 1 since 1985) the vicar is shown as being very in touch with the modern world in a social sense and in a technical sense. She does of course live by the Bible's rules but also lives by society's rules as well. She is a woman vicar which was unacceptable in some Christian churches before the 1980's. So she is a modern character. She is shown as having pictures of film stars and Jesus on her wall and she is very popular with the people in the village. Specifically religious programmes are designed to show that religion is relevant to the modern world. 'Songs of Praise' has changed over the years to reflect the change in our society. The programme is not just a worship programme but it is an educational programme and it has interviews with ordinary people who talk about their faith and how they put it in to practice. In the same way, 'The Heaven and Earth Show' is another specifically religious programme which has interviews with celebrities and ordinary people to show that they are in touch with the real world. In conclusion some religious people on T.V are shown as in touch with the modern world but some are not. It depends on the type of programme. ?? ?? ?? ?? Dean Williams ...read more.

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