WHAT TV programme could better fit the Church Times readership profile than Trainspotting Live (BBC4, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday of last week)? That would surely be my column’s main topic. But such innocent pleasures were hijacked by a more sobering, more urgent concern.
It is a clerical commonpl...
”AS EASY as ABC” would make more sense if recast as “as near-impossible as ABC”. The terrific B Is For Book (BBC4, Tuesday of last week) followed the trials and tribulations of reception-year children at Kingsmead School, Hackney, as they learned their letters.
Expectations are now far higher than...
DESTROYING religion would be an essential first step towards creating an equitable world order. This was a central tenet of the Hegelian student drinking-club whose members included the hero of Bettany Hughes’s Marx: Genius of the modern world (BBC4, Thursday of last week)
AS FAR as producing this column is concerned, the climax of my year is the annual Sandford St Martin Awards for Religious Broadcasting
A THOROUGHLY miserable Bank Holiday Monday (except for those of you with the wit to live in the north) brightened into something like glorious Technicolor with the screening of BBC1’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This was a partnership
David Winter watches some "well-made and judiciously balanced" documentaries
HISTORY is not what it used to be — or, at least, Shakespeare’s history plays aren’t. In my youth, with their succession of usurpation, beheading, and murder, they were fascinating as works of drama, but they were essentially about times other than our own
“OUR memories are who we are.” As Horizon: Curing Alzheimer’s (BBC2, Wednesday of last week) progressed, I felt more and more inclined to agree with the likely subjective truth of the presenter’s bald statement
ARE WE essentially just one element of the natural world, or, by reason of our God-given intellect and immortal souls, do we stand, in contrast, over against it? This theological conundrum was explored in purely secular terms by Forest, Field and Sky: Art out of