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Religion and the Media Year 10 GCSE RE Coursework Iain Rauch 10.60 Contents Introduction 3 Heaven and Earth 4 Songs of Praise 5 Son of God 6 EastEnders 7 Sister Act 8 Vicar Of Dibley 9 Television and Religious People 10 Conclusion 12 Bibliography 13 Introduction In 1946, a law was passed in the United Kingdom which said that religious broadcasting in the UK was now compulsory. Even now this law is still in effect with public broadcasts and several religious programmes transmitted on Sunday, the day of rest for the Christian faith. That is not to say that in this multi-religious country no other religions are represented with programmes concerning their own faiths. For example, Living Islam is a programme directed at Muslims. It is not surprising that in a country where it is believed that 85% of the population believe in God, religious programmes still form an integral part of broadcasting schedules. In fact more people attend church than watch football. In the following pages I intend to show that not only are there a wide variety of specifically religious programmes on the television but also programmes that include moral and ethical issues in their storyline. Some of these programmes are good, and therefore popular while others may not have such wide appeal. Heaven and Earth This television programme was on BBC 1 at 10am on Sunday morning. Sunday was the day of the march into London by people concerned about the countryside. There was debate, interview and information. The debate involved Richard and John. Richard North was in favour of foxhunting but John, who is chairman of The League Against Animal Cruelty, said that blood sports were immoral. ...read more.


This is because it is wrong and the man should be punished for what he has done. Also he should be treated by psychiatrists to make him understand it is wrong and so he wouldn't do it again. Sister Act Sister Act is a film about a woman called Dolorus who went and hid out in a convent. At the beginning of the film Dolorus accidentally saw her boyfriend shoot a man in the head. The boyfriend realised she saw what he did and so tried to kill her so she wouldn't tell anyone. After she got away she went straight to the police and told them what happened. As she needed to testify in court, the boyfriend was free until the date of the trial. During this time he wanted to try and kill Dolours so that she could not testify against him. To avoid the problem of her getting herself murdered she went to hide out in a convent dressed as a nun. At first she hated it there, but as time went on she started to enjoy herself. (She was now the director of the choir, her previous profession was singing). As choir manager, she chose to sing new songs and that attracted lots of people to the church. In the end she was able to come out of the convent, but she chose to stay to help the choir sing for the Pope. She had really enjoyed her time in the convent acting as a nun. The religious issue here was that someone had killed another man and Dolorus had seen the murder. ...read more.


The people who watch the television live in the real world, so in order for us to relate to the characters they must also be based in the modern world. Conclusion Religious programmes on the television over one week (Channels 1-5 only): Saturday 06.00 Channel 5 Russell Grant's Postcards - A walk around Hereford Cathedral. Sunday 10.00 17.10 11.00 06.25 11.30 20.00 19.10 BBC 1 BBC 1 ITV Channel 5 Channel 5 BBC 1 BBC 2 Christmas is Coming - The first of four services marking Advent. Songs of Praise. My Favourite Hymns It's Your Funeral Revelations - Bible stories with a contemporary twist. Moses - Documentary about this prophet. An Archbishop Like This - Documentary about the new archbishop of Canterbury. Monday None Tuesday None Wednesday None Thursday 23.35 BBC1 Faith in Faction - Muslim designers use Islamic inspiration for design. Friday None I looked at The Radio Times week commencing 30th November and found many programmes are Christian based. This is probably because it is coming up to Christmas. All of the programmes seem to be aimed at adults. There are few religious programmes on during the week because the schedulers create a plan for this time and normally show series. The only programmes during this week that are non-Christian, are, one concerning the Jewish faith (how a rabbi sees her departure) and one talking about Islamic design in fashion, which is not highly religious. This suggests that the other main religions are not going to attract many viewers and so are not given much airtime. Showing only Christian programmes and so implying that other religions don't really count is not a good thing Most religious programmes are shown on Sunday because this is the religious day in Christianity. ...read more.

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