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Godly discussion

Television: ONE of the hottest tickets at this summer's Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival was a public debate about the place of religion in UK television, "God: TV's Holy Grail?" 

Dickensian vision

Television: WOULD Charles Dickens have written for EastEnders? The case for was argued by the veteran EastEnders scriptwriter Tony Jordan, in the first of his new series, ludicrously entitled The Secret Life of Books 

Remarkable objects

Television: Everyday Miracles is a title that is guaranteed to excite the interest of readers of the Church Times. Its subtitle, The genius of sofas, stockings and scanners, may have acted as more of a turn-off; but turning off would have been a mistake

City of new ideas

Television: THE spotlight in recent weeks has been on 1914, but Bright Lights, Brilliant Minds: A tale of three cities focused attention six years earlier. Dr James Fox showed what a crucial part events in Vienna that year played in the genesis of the Great War.

Path to the vote

Television: BBC2's Women of World War One featured Kate Adie. The programme was about the way the part played by women in the Great War transformed their place in society

Live and emotional

Television: GIVE the BBC a decent anniversary, and it licks its lips in expectation. Give it a centenary, and joy is unconfined. On 4 August, the anniversary of the outbreak of the Great War, all the stops were pulled out, and the result was nearly seven hours of live television. 

Hope amid the hate

Television: CHILDREN OF SYRIA  brought to our comfortable living rooms the reality of war - not a century ago, but today, now. The BBC's Lyse Doucet produced a most powerful documentary: personal, direct, and involving. 

It’s in the air

Gillean Craig explores an "explicit celebration of British eccentricity"

What lies beneath

Gillean Craig watches Channel 4's exploration of alleged extremism in schools 

 

That’s so yesterday

Television: I was impressed by the range of theological resonance present in Jacques Peretti's documentary The Men Who Made Us Spend. It was an exposition of the history of consumerism, and specifically the rise of built-in obsolescence.

‘Can I help you?’

Television: Shopping is, indeed, quasi-liturgical, containing elements familiar from church: we must be prepared to make a personal sacrifice to gain the longed-for goal; and a minister guides the experience, offering either a free rein or subtly influencing our choice.

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National Adviser & Archbishop's Secretary for Inter Religious Affairs

London and Home Counties

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From sanctity to sleuthing

From sanctity to sleuthing

The murder rate in Grantchester is about to go up. Olly Grant talks to the team behind a new clerical crime drama for ITV  Subscribe to read more

Question of the week
Will world leaders make the changes needed to combat climate change?

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Three summits and 14 months for the planet

Politicians need to hear the message on climate change more clearly: Christians must act now, argues Steven Croft  Subscribe to read more

Fri 19 Sep 14 @ 5:01
Current picture across Scotland: 54% for No 46% for Yes 24/32 council areas declared so far.

Fri 19 Sep 14 @ 4:54
RT @tswyattGlasgow result: Turnout - 75% Yes - 194,739 (53%) No - 169,347 (47%)