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That’s so yesterday

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.

‘Can I help you?’

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.

Me and my shadow

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.

Two strands united

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.

Display of skill

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.

Successful troops

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 future.

Star of the show

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.

Skewering the BBC

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 and mores.

Out of public view

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 cathedral. 

Allons, enfants

Television: IN EASTERTIDE, Christians of all people should be conscious of the symbolic power of the Empty Space; so it was refreshing to hear Dr Richard Clay expatiate on this theme in the excellent first part of The French Revolution: Tearing up history.

Advance knowledge

Television: Behind Closed Doors: Elderly care exposed (BBC1, Wednesday of last week) was a classic example of the exposé genre, using undercover reporting to demonstrate how badly elderly people are treated in some so-called care homes.

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