Vote for the Radio Times Readers’ Award

Which belief-based programme caught your attention last year?

Every year thousands of people vote for the Radio Times Readers’ Award – part of the Sandford St Martin broadcasting awards for the best radio, TV and online programmes exploring faith, belief or ethics.

If you’d like to help decide the winner, choose your favourite and vote online here.

Voting closes at 23:59 on Sunday 17th.

The Archers

BBC Radio 4

Radio 4’s long-running continuing drama has seen various characters re-examine their faith and/or their attitudes to religion in the last 12 months, but it’s Shula’s spiritual journey that has attracted the Radio Times’ attention.  First, she was accused by Him of being a hypocrite because she broke her marriage vows and got a divorce; now she is training for the priesthood.  No other soap puts matters of faith so firmly at the heart of its storylines.

Listen to The Archers here.

You can find out more about the character, Shula Hebden Lloyd here.

How the Other Kids Live

Channel 4

Children from different backgrounds meet for playdates is the misleadingly simple premise behind this popular series.  Episode 1 is set in Birmingham and featured Tom and Bill, who live on an affluent street, Brendan, a Catholic who lives with his mum and three siblings, and Yasmin, a Muslim who comes from a family of proud “Afro-Brummies”.  Faith, community and how these inform the children’s experience and outlook is always present but never overdone. “Do you believe in God?” Brendan asks at one point?  “Yeah”, replies Yasmin.  “Oh”, he says.  Peace in our time – would that it were always so easy.

Watch How the Other Kids Live, Episode 1 here.

Read Stuart Heritage’s review for the Guardian here.

Miriam’s Dead Good Adventure

BBC 2

Miriam Margolyes, last seen playing a nun in Call the Midwife, appears as herself in a two-part documentary exploring the subject of mortality, in which she dealt with profound questions about life and death with sensitivity, grad and – occasionally – a light touch.

Watch clips from the Miriam’s Dead Good Adventure here.

Read the Radio Times profile of Miriam here.

Good Omens

Amazon

In this mini-series based on the 1990 novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman Michael  Sheen plays the soft fluttery angel Aziraphale, and David Tennant plays his arch counterpart the demon Crowley.  Against all odds, they become allies and work together to thwart the apocalypse.  A co-production between Amazon Studios and BBC Studios, Gaiman – who wrote the screenplay and acted as show runner – uses this ambitious series and its starry ensemble to have fun with ideas about the sacred and the profane.

Watch Good Omens here.

Read Lucy Mangan’s review in the Guardian here.

Three Vicars Talking

BBC Radio 4

Radio 4’s surprise summer hit featured Rev Richard Coles, Rev Kate Bottley and Canon Giles Fraser “swap clerical shoptalk” and candidly discussing some of the most significant roles carried out by Church of England vicars and rituals around birth, marriage, death and… Christmas!

Listen to the series here.

Read the review in the Church Times here.

Peter Taylor: My Journey Through the Troubles

BBC 2

The veteran BBC journalist’s powerful, personal account of 50 years’ reporting from Northern Ireland, reflecting on the carnage and changes he has seen in a society divided along religious lines, from the start of his career covering the aftermath of Bloody Sunday to the present day.

Watch it here.

Read the Radio Times review here.