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Do they know what Christmas is?

Thirty years after Band Aid, the revamped single, Do They Know It’s Christmas?, became the fastest-selling single of 2014. I’m delighted that it’s doing so well, but I can’t help thinking that if the target audience were confined to British schoolchildren, a better song title would be “Do They Know What Christmas Is?” Older readers might […]

An Award Winner Tells What Happened Next…

In 2013 Rosie Boulton was part of the team that won the Sandford St Martin Radio Award for her moving and evocative programme “Hearing Ragas” broadcast on BBC Radio 4.  Here she writes about the experience and what she did with her prize. A small team of us were genuinely shocked and totally delighted to win […]

Torin Douglas

Escaping the religious ghetto

When was the last time God was discussed at the Edinburgh International Television Festival? Don’t wrack your brains too hard. It was August this year. That may come as a surprise to some TV producers and broadcasters, but the topic of religious broadcasting – and its growing importance for any understanding of foreign affairs – […]

Torin Douglas

God: TV’s Holy Grail

A session about God at the Edinburgh International Television Festival? Surely not? “We don’t do God” said Alastair Campbell and in recent years most TV commissioners have seemed to agree. Programmes exploring religion and faith have largely disappeared from the commercial channels, leaving the publicly-funded BBC to carry the flame (with quotas to stiffen its […]

Religion is a hot topic in the wider world but, with a few exceptions, television is sorely neglecting it

There is a scene in Sacred Rivers, an upcoming three-part series for BBC2, in which the presenter, Simon Reeve, climbs out of his car to escape an urban Chinese traffic jam and heads on foot towards a building that he compares to a sports stadium. The building is, in fact, a church with seating for […]