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Describe the variety of specifically religious programmes on the five main television channels. There are religious specific programmes and non-specific religious programmes. There are differences between religious specific programmes and non- specific religious programmes for instance Songs of Praise is a specific programme because it is gives faithful information and is devoted to the Christian religion. On the other hand Vicar of Dibley is a non- specific religious programme because it is fictional and jokes about some religious issues, in which some Christians may find offence. In one of our RE lessons we looked at the Sunday Radio Times, to see what programmes were on Good Friday/ Easter day. We only looked at the five main channels on the television. On BBC 1, there were the most religious programmes out of all five channels. They included 'He has risen!', 'Uribi et orbi', this was a message from the Pope, and there was 'Songs of Praise', which again is another service. Songs of Praise does not only sing hymns, it also shows personal stories. On BBC2 there was only one programme which was 'Bible Mysterious' which was an in depth programmes about the bible. On ITV, they had children's programmes in the morning that was called 'The Ark'. There was also a programme called 'Babes in Jerusalem'. Channel 4 had no religious programmes, which I think for channel 4 was very unusually. Channel five, which is the last channel on the mainstream television, had two programmes called 'The Jesus effect' and 'Divine Designs'. Overall BBC 1 had the most programmes on. Documentaries Documentaries are all about facts. ...read more.


In the episode of Eastenders on Good Friday 2006, there was an example of symbolism and information that was to do with Easter. In this episode of Eastenders Ben, Phil Mitchell's son had gone missing due to arguing in his family. Dot and Jim discuss the fact of forgiveness, but Jim misunderstood the story of doubting Thomas. Dot tells Jim that he was not to bet on the horses or go into the pub and have a drink because it was against her religion. Normally every year Dot goes to the church to listen to the Easter service but this year Dot decides to listen to the Easter church service on the radio. Later on in the story Phil Mitchell tells every one that there are free drinks in the pub but Dot tells him he should not be serving drinks today because it is disrespectful. She tells him he should believe in the resurrection of Jesus and think about that time. They all should be contemplating the offers of Jesus. Dot also reminds everybody that on Good Friday no one should be eating fish. During a discussion in the Queen Vic pub, they all well the men discuss what Good Friday is all about and why there are many different versions of the story. Eastenders also say that it is disrespectful to gamble on Good Friday. I think Eastenders dealt with telling their audience about Easter in a good way because they linked it up with the story of Ben being missing and they used the man in the pub to explain about Easter in a quite detailed way but also in a respectful way. ...read more.


In the fourth wedding, Charles and Fiona (duck face) do not get married. At the wedding, Charles is starting to have doubts. Carrie also tells Charles that she has left Hamish. Charles is devastated and says wedding are only good "If you love them with all your heart". David says to everyone that the groom is having doubts. Duck face then hits Charles and runs away. This is not a Christian thing to do. In all of the weddings, it did not really treat marriage or the religion side of marriage very sensibly, and although they all took place in a church, the proper reasons for marriage were not explored and for some Christians they may have found that rather offensive and quite foolish. The church seemed to be more for decorating than to suggesting god might play a part in a marriage service. At the funeral of Gareth, Matthew makes a speech about Gareth. The speech is a very warm-hearted speech, which touches everybody who is watching this film. Matthew reads a famous poem by W.H. Auden. This is a little extract from the poem 'stop all the clocks': He was my North, my South, my East, and my West, My working week and my Sunday rest, My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song, I thought that love last forever: I was wrong. This part of the poem that Matthew read touched everybody. This funeral was a typical Christian one, which showed all the emotions that any person would go through. In conclusion to 'four weddings and a funeral' in some ways Christians could get offended but on the other hand they might not. It sometimes gives false information about Christian beliefs. Overall, I think that you should not completely trust this film if you want to learn about marriage. ...read more.

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