Religious Education                18/06/03

Religion & Media Course-Work

ai)         The programmes broadcasted on TV for channels 1-4, are: Sunday morning this is on channel 3 it includes a whole service broadcasted from a church about 11:00 am, The Heaven and Earth show is broadcasted by the BBC on Sunday  mornings. It is like religious daytime TV, Song of praise is on BBC 1 it’s the main worship channel. Hymn singing and talks about how religion changes lives. This is broadcasted at Sunday teatime, Everyman this is broadcasted an the BBC 1 at 10:30 am on Sundays and some Mondays it is about people converting religions and BBC 1 and channel 3 sometimes have short runs of religious magazine programmes such as this is the day.    


          Both ITV and BBC now also produce meditation type programme (usually fairly late on weeknights rather than on a Sundays) whenever there is a religious festival for Islam, Judaism, Hinduism or Sikhism. These programmes tend to focus an members of the faith living in Britain and what the festival means for them.  


        In a week religious programmes come on TV approximately 6 hours a week for channels 1, 2, 3 and channel 4. Most of these programmes come on Sundays


        The religions that are mainly shown on TV are Islam and Christianity. But out of these two religions it is mainly Christianity.

The programme I have chosen is Sunday mornings and Everyman. The programme Sunday mornings are about a whole service broadcast for Christmas, Easter and other holy days. This programme is for Christians and Everyman is about people converting to Islam.

Christian programmes are mainly shown on TV because the population of the world has more Christians.

aii)         Eastenders is a TV soap opera; I have done research about euthanasia issue between Dot Cotton and Ethel Skinner. Ethel is suffering from a brain tumour. Dot soon finds out that Ethel was hiding her own morphine tablets. Dot is a religious character and she didn’t want to do thing wrong for Ethel, thinking that she would be punished by God for helping Ethel committing euthanasia. Ethel ends up dying in the by taking an overdose of morphine tablets series after the party. Dot finally believes that she doesn’t get punished by God.

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Euthanasia is the action of inducing a quiet easy death there are several ways in which this can be done. They are suicide, assisted suicide, and voluntary euthanasia, non- voluntary euthanasia, not striving to keep alive and double effects.

Euthanasia is illegal in Britain. There have been many attempts to convince parliament for legalising euthanasia. If euthanasia could have been legal in 1969 people over the age of 18 provided that two doctors believed the patient to be suffering from a serious physical illness.

There are characters that give there opinion about euthanasia. What Dot thinks is ...

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