I'm a celibate? Get me out of here!

02 November 2006

FIVE male volunteers have spent 40 days and 40 nights in a Roman Catholic monastery for a new reality-TV documentary.

The Monastery, starting on BBC2 next week, follows the men (pictured right, with monks from the community) as they become immersed in monastic life at Worth Abbey in West Sussex.

All five, who range from a single advertising executive to a former prisoner who now works as a painter and decorator, had to follow the strict Benedictine tradition of community life.

The programme also features a 37-year-old Cambridge undergraduate studying Buddhism who has returned to his Anglican roots.

The only married participant is a published poet and retired teacher. He applied to the programme as he said he wanted new spiritual guidance at a later stage of his life.

The fifth volunteer is described as “a high-earning, high-energy bachelor” from London. The three-week series begins at 9 p.m. on Tuesday 10 May.


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