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Mining memorial

Mining memorial

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

Motive for murder

Motive for murder

SERIOUS Christian concerns appear to be more than mere window-dressing in the latest BBC4 Scandinavian crime-thriller, broadcast in double doses on Saturday evening to capsize that final rewriting of the morrow’s sermon

In black and white

RECYCLING is the key activity of our day: instead of using up scarce resources for the first time, let us comb through the waste-paper basket to see what can be salvaged. Not only does it use up less stuff, it is also cheaper and, alas, employs fewer people. The BBC has been around long enough to ha...

Unexpected ancestors

WHEN did the first black person come to live in our land of the Anglo-Saxons? Actually, long before any Anglos-Saxons did

Birth pains

HOW did it all begin? Eighty years to the day, BBC4 did its best to reproduce Television’s Opening Night: How the box was born (Wednesday of last week). In 1936, this was not just BBC TV’s launch: it was the first regular domestic service in the world

An artificial life

WHO needs human beings? A slew of programmes last week invited us to consider this significant issue, which I saw as clustered around the launch of the second series of Humans (Channel 4, Sundays), the drama that posits the successful creation of synths: robotic humanoids de­­signed to take over most of the drudgery of life

Tales of the spooky

Gillean Craig espies "the incoherent hand of TV wisdom"

Sharpened outrage

HAS God been airbrushed out of the story?

Pop in the suburbs

IF YOU reckon that you have some interest in British culture, why not plot where you lie on the spectrum that stretches from 18th-­century landscape gardening to 1970s punk rock? That ought to cover all the bases, and last week’s TV helpfully sharpened up our analysis by broadcasting docu­mentaries ...

Up above the world

A CALIFORNIAN road-trip is a media cliché: a voyage of self-discovery facilitated by sex, drugs, and rock-’n’-roll. A refreshingly different take on the trope was presented by BBC4’s Britain’s Star Men: Heroes of astronomy 

Question of guilt

PAUL FINCHLEY is not innocent. We realise, early on, that, although apparently a happily married family man, he indulged, during the sexually permissive decades of his fame, in the magnetism generated by his fame as a popular comedian by frequently taking advantage of young women, adoring fans. His ...

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Heeding the voices of the popular revolution

Heeding the voices of the popular revolution

”WE NEED to hear the voices of the poor.” It is an...


ATKINSON. The Revd Jane Atkinson, Hon. Assistant Curate...

Letters to the Editor

The Church of England, the deprived estates, and the...

Canon Jeremy Pemberton loses same-sex marriage tribunal appeal

Canon Jeremy Pemberton loses same-sex marriage tribunal appeal

CANON Jeremy Pemberton has lost his appeal against...

Resignations and retirements

ARCHER. The Revd Neill Archer, Area Dean of North Wiltshire:...

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Still singing when the snowman melted

Still singing when the snowman melted

From angelic chorister to daytime-television presenter, Aled Jones will be forever associated with The Snowman. He talks to Sarah Meyrick  Subscribe to read more

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The theology behind Renewal and Reform

The programme rests on solid foundations, rooted in scripture and tradition, says Jeremy Worthen  Read More

Fri 9 Dec 16 @ 20:45
.@theresa_may endorses adage that a Christian is either a "missionary or an imposter"

Fri 9 Dec 16 @ 19:15
'We believe they have a pressing moral duty to alleviate the damage the disruption is causing to our communities'