THE great divide is between those who believe that things are fixed and immutable, and those who assume that everything is evolving
THE Vicar was an ineffective failure — but, for once, it was in a way that we can all grimly acknowledge as authentic rather than dismiss as far-fetched buffoonery
IN PANORAMA last week, Darragh MacIntyre was sent off to discover the story behind an unknown elderly man with an American accent who was found last year in a car park in Hereford. The man knew his name, Roger Curry, but beyond that, nothing
“ALMOST a religious painter” might seem the most unlikely tribute to pay to the subject of Francis Bacon: A brush with violence (BBC2, Saturday), given his deliberate immersion in a world of excess, his drinking, his promiscuity, his eagerness to inflict pain and (even more keenly) have it inflicted upon him, and his production of picture after picture that, instead of hiding such proclivities, displayed them to the public as open wounds; and yet, shockingly, I think that it is true
I DO not know if the Church Commissioners keep statistics on the number of seductions carried out in consecrated premises, but at least the chapel of St Mary Undercroft, at the Palace of Westminster, worked its magic for this particular purpose on the chief characters of Apple Tree Yard (BBC1, Sunday)
WE HAVE all conducted a service where a member of the congregation was so convinced that they could make a better job than the hapless priest that they carry on a rival liturgy
EPISCOPAL ministry is clearly enhanced when your bishop begins each day with an invigorating swim; but it is obviously a bonus if that means, rather than shivering at the local municipal baths, plunging instead into the warm clear waters of the Caribbean
WHAT is Christmas really about? The festive season’s TV sought to answer this in a range of ways, with the Yuletide myth most wholeheartedly undermined by Cunk on Christmas (BBC2, Thursday of last week), in which Diane Morgan’s splendid Philomena Cunk, the world’s most inept presenter, purported to explore the story of Christmas
THIS year, there have been an unprecedented number of events — some national, many international — that have changed, or are surely going to change, the big picture. Television is central to all this, bringing the events right into our homes. It is a two-way process: viewers worldwide se...
HAVING a wholly inadequate home in which to bring up your children should, of course, be a Christmastide rather than an Advent theme; but we know that, once 25 December has come and gone, our national consciousness will put to one side its annual explosion of compassion, and focus rather on somewhe...
LAST week’s TV portrayed a series of transformations from old to new. Regret at the passing of former things, and eagerness to embrace that which lies ahead were there in equal measure — sometimes within the same breast