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.
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.
Television: MAKE four new converts this year.
It is a simple evangelistic target, easily assessed, which you may
well want to add to your Mission Action Plan. On the evidence
before us, it is one that I'd reckon Elder Field has only the
slimmest chance of achieving.
Television: The theologian Dr Robert
Beckford took us on a journey unfamiliar to many in
his Seven Wonders of Brazil; for he was focusing on
that nation's diverse and vibrant religious life.
Television: Trooping the Colour
Highlights (BBC2, Saturday). It is a curious process,
forcing men to march in complex patterns, all individuality
suppressed into machine-like conformity until the whole develops
its own corporate personality.
Television: The BBC, quite rightly, trailed its
coverage of D-Day 70: The heroes return as an
epochal moment in our shared world history - a time when looking
back to the past could redefine our present and inspire a better