Television: IN THE Guardian Edinburgh
International Television Festival debate about religion on TV,
which I discussed last week, the Channel 4 representative
championed his continuing commitment to religious broadcasting by
referring to The Real Noah's Ark: Secret History
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?"
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
Gillean Craig explores an "explicit celebration
of British eccentricity"
Gillean Craig watches Channel 4's exploration
of alleged extremism in schools
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.