Update Radio and TV programmes Coming Up This Week

What's on this week on UK Radio and TV  dealing with faith and religion ?
BBC Radio 4 Lent Talks 
Tonight Wed 29 Feb 2012 20:45 BBC Radio 4, Sun 4 Mar 2012 05:45 BBC Radio4 Sun 4 Mar 2012 14:45 BBC Radio 4 but not available on BBC iPlayer. 

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 This is the full text of Nick Baines Lent talk  as mentioned above.

The Anglican Bishop of Bradford, the Rt Revd Nick Baines begins a new series of short 15 minute Lent Talks where six well known figures from journalism, science, religion and public life reflect on how the Lenten story of Jesus' ministry and Passion continues to interact with contemporary society and culture.

In the wake of political and social reactions to the financial crisis, austerity measures and the riots of 2011, debate continues to determine the role of the individual and society. 

The 2012 Lent Talks consider the relationship between the individual and the collective. Is each person one alone or one of many? Is it the human condition to be self-contained or to belong to the family, the tribe, the congregation, the nation? We live in groups but our most intense experiences are incommunicable. 

Jesus shared a communal last supper but he died an outcast, abandoned and rejected by his people, his disciples and (apparently) his Father.

Speakers of this year's talks include:
the journalist and author Martin Wroe, who will explore humanity being at its most divine when working in community;
John Lennox, Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University, explains how his encounter with God is enhanced through science; 
Dr Gemma Simmonds CJ, explores the agony of the individual in society.

The Christian season of Lent is traditionally a time for self-examination and reflection on universal human conditions such as temptation, betrayal, abandonment, greed, forgiveness and love.


On Thursday 1st March at 9pm UK time,the BBC TV Four series, Catholics continues.  

Tomorrow night's  topic is"Children" and the one on ‘Women’ is on Thursday 8 March, both at  9pm.



The series WILL be available on BBC iPlayer here for a limited time. Each is an hour long..



Last week's first episode entitled ‘Priests’, was filmed at London's Allen Hall seminary in the diocese of Westminster, one of only three remaining seminaries left in the UK.

In this article Philip Endean SJ give his own views on the first episode's picture of seminary life that was painted by the programme and how he sees it as this fits into the wider canvas of priestly ministry.

After Mass last Sunday , several of us exchanged opinions on the first episode . Without exception, we all thought it was badly filmed,appalling in content,  mostly superficial and in some instances cringe worthy.  Interestingly enough our nuns were the most vocal in their criticism of it !!


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