Television: A couple of clergy turned up
in Brushing Up On . . . Miniature Britain, a
compilation of TV archive material which last week looked at our
national obsession with making models. But the presenter, Danny
Baker, wrecked what could have been enjoyable.
Television: AS LONG as you think it is real,
does it matter whether it is actually real or not? Religion in
general has long been accused of making a fat living by pedalling
something that does not exist, which made the phenomena explored in
Horizon's The Power of the Placebo fascinating,
but also somewhat close to home.
Gillean Craig takes a look at Bible
Hunters: "a tale of the courage of those who sought the oldest
Television: Alas! Inside the
Animal Mind demonstrated that some of our fellow species
share the ability to consider a problem and work out a solution far
more complex than can be categorised as reflex action.
Television: THERE is no call for my
customary cheap opening gag designed to catch your attention when
my first subject is Britain's Great War, Jeremy
Paxman's documentary series.
Television: THE programme that everybody is
talking about - as Channel 4 likes to remind us -
is Benefits Street. It has attracted ire from
Television: IT WAS mean of BBC1 to choose
the Sunday of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity to
launch The Musketeers; for Alexandre Dumas's Gallic
anti-clericalism reinforces visceral Anglo-Saxon Protestant
prejudice to find in Cardinal Richelieu every conviction of how
Roman Catholics really behave, if only they have the power to do
Television: USEFUL reflection on the C of
E's practice of selecting and training ordinands was delivered in
spades by God's Cadets: Joining the Salvation
Army (BBC4, Tuesday of last week). To be technical, it
was not about joining, but about training to be an officer at the
imposing William Booth College, in Denmark Hill, London.
Television: THE Reformation - dontcha just
hate it? The older I get, the more convinced I become that in
throwing out the bath water of late-medieval doctrinal error,
untold babies of basic Christian living were similarly
Television: HOW loyal and deferential of BBC1
to respond to the message at the heart of the Queen's Christmas
broadcast - that we should all make time to turn aside from the
pressures of everyday life, and take stock.
Television: NO DOUBT the makers of The
Bible, the blockbuster that has swept the United States and is
now showing on Channel 5 on Satur-day evenings, hoped that it would
inspire viewers to hie their way to the nearest church to find out