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Too many twists

Television: AM I the only viewer in Britain not to be entranced by Broadchurch (ITV, Mondays)? This murder thriller has returned, receiving universal plaudits that eclipse even the rapturous praise showered on the first series

Palatial ceremony

Television: Britain's Tudor Treasure: A night at Hampton Court celebrated the palace's 500th anniversary and was an appetite-whetter for the fast-approaching TV realisation of Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall

Buried treasure

Television: IT IS curious, when you think about it, that the Sovereign is awarded the Christmas Day TV message to the nation, while the Primate gets the New Year address. Logically, for cultic and social reasons, it would make more sense the other way round

Royal influence

Television: FOR my money, there is now only one genuine religious programme each year on the main TV channels

Where's the challenge?


Television: HEARTWARMING, uplifting, religious - but essentially a safe bet. BBC2 offers us another fly-on-the-wall documentary series about the life of one of our great cathedrals: Canterbury Cathedral 

Some serious sci-fi

Television: HOW good to have a serious TV documentary that considered basic theological questions: what constitutes humanity, the nature of life itself, the responsibility of the Creator to his creation

Murky territory

Television: IT SOMETIMES feels as if there is a new and horrible revelation about the sexual abuse of children every day

Horror stories

Television: THERE has been a row about the decision to re-release the Band Aid single "Do They Know It's Christmas?", 30 years after the original fund-raiser

On the front line

Television: Two seasonal themes dominated the schedules last week: Remembrance, and Children in Need

Lacklustre praise

Television: I sat down to watch Songs of Praise for Remembrance Sunday. There were several glitches, which undermined trust in the production; but, that aside, it was just a bit dull

Ward winning

Television: The first in the series of Children's Hospital: The chaplains (BBC2, Mondays) did what the title said: it followed the work of the multifaith team ministering at Birmingham Children's Hospital

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Dissing the D-word

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