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R.E Coursework A magazine programme involves many different issues. These are : * The programme looks at current affairs happening in the United Kingdom * The programme looks at religious affairs on a worldly level * They will interview a B-list celebrity * The programme will have live public discussions via email or telephone The programme I viewed was the 'Heaven And Earth Show'. This programme was on at 10.00am on a Sunday morning. The programme consisted of different issues. Firstly, they started off with a brief introduction of what the programme was about. They then started on the topic "Is Forgiveness Enough?" There were many different people that week that had asked for forgiveness. They were David Seamen asking for forgiveness over his blunder in the world cup, Bill Clinton asking for forgiveness over his affair with Monica Lewinski, the IRA asking for forgiveness for killing innocent civilians and the Pope asking for forgiveness over any pain or problem the church has caused anyone. Secondly they have a section on comparing Humanist weddings and Sikh weddings. They showed the similarities and differences between the two. Thirdly, they had an interview with a b-list celebrity. Her name was Sylvia Sims and was the start of theatre a long time ago. Next they had a section on the healing power of plants and how they heal mentally by their view of beautiful scenery. After that there was the discussion on whether forgiveness is enough. Lastly, the programme had short news on the current worldly affairs. I believe the target audience for the "Heaven And Earth Show" are younger viewers. The layout and format of the show is bright and colourful with young presenters and with the occasional gag. It is not very intense and very religious which relates to young people nowadays. An older viewer would expect more religious activity, not an interview with a b-list celebrity. ...read more.

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My opinion on this issue is that it was well perceived and fitted in with Janine's character as she has a history of being evil. Janine was portrayed as a sick and twisted lady who had no care or guilt to whom she hurt. But Paul on the other although he did commit adultery deteriorated into guilt and was ashamed of what he did. This made the audience feel pity for him and he was forgiven. However, Janine was still living her life full of deception and was trying to get every ounce of sympathy. But the audience view of her was disgusting. I believe this was the correct way to deal with this type of story line as it very close to reality as there these types of people in the world. The perception of the characters was also right as Janine has a history of hurt and betrayal. The film I will be analysing is 'East is East' a film about George Khan a tough father and proud Pakistani chip shop owner. He is bringing up his family of seven children in a cramped terraced house in Salford, North of England. The year is 1971 and the family are finding life tough. George wants the best for his kids but the idea of arranged marriages and other Pakistani customs does not appeal to his children. Meenah(his daughter) prefers swapping her sari for a football shirt, Tariq is the smooth-talking ladies man at the local nightclub and this is the story of what happens when two cultures collide within one family. The issue I will be focusing on is 'arranged marriages' which is a main focus in this film. Arranged marriages used to be forced upon the couple, whereby they had no choice or any say in the matter. The couple would not have met each other until their wedding day. So if the couple were not attracted to each other, they would have no choice but to keep quiet about it. ...read more.

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They also added interviews with a Celebrity which definitely doesn't show they are out of touch with the modern world. 'Vicar of Dibley' is also another programme which doesn't show religious people being out of touch with the modern world. We know this immediately as the programme is based on a female priest, keeping up with the changes being made in the catholic religion. It is also a comedy and sees her as a fun and sociable person who also makes fun of traditional beliefs. There are also many documentaries such as 'Panorama' which deal with many religious issues but unlike religious programmes, influencing you from one side of view, the programme lets you decide. This shows religious people being in touch with the modern world as it examines today's society and identifies changes. A stereotype is a fixed idea, on something or someone. For example a skinny person is the only beautiful type. Films and programmes often use stereotypical characters as this is what the audience want to see or it maybe is appropriate to the storyline. In some films or programmes the Director purposely uses a stereotype as a religious figure being out of touch with the modern world as this can sometimes be quite comic. However, in other films or programmes this is not the case, religious people are seen to be 'in touch' with the modern world. For example, in 'Sister Act' a nun is seen to be very hilarious and gets on very well with a bunch of teenage school children. She is portrayed as being funny and up to date with the modern world. Overall, I believe that the Television does occasionally present religious people as 'out of touch' with the modern world as this can sometimes be very funny and appropriate. I don't personally have a problem with this, unless the characters are perceived wrongly about their religion or the religion is made to look bad or unfair. However, it still offends many people and Directors should be more sensitive when dealing with religious people or issues. Zakariyya Timol 11C Candidate Number : 9211 ...read more.

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