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
Television: IT WAS a secular canonisation.
The climax of the first episode in the documentary
series Welcome to Rio was the unveiling of a
huge portrait of the man who had become the star of the show -
Rocky the Doorman.
Television: By far the most significant of the
comedy programmes broadcast last week was Harry and
Paul's Story of the 2s (BBC2, Sunday), part of the
50th-anniversary celebration of the channel, in which Harry Enfield
and Paul Whitehouse created a merciless send-up of its character
Television: The carving of a huge new
statue, replacing a worn original, was, for me, the most moving
element of The Minster (BBC2, Friday of last
week), the series that follows a year in the life of York's