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Songs of Praise


Duration: 34 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One LondonLatest broadcast: on BBC One Yorks & Lincs

Aled Jones explores the amazing network of man-made caves under the streets of Nottingham and discovers the hidden Christian history of the city. In the company of city archaeologist Scott Lomax, Aled learns that there are 860 caves carved out of the soft Nottingham sandstone, some dating back over 1000 years, and they could have been the setting for secret Catholic worship. Aled also goes in search of Nottingham’s most famous son – the legendary Robin Hood – and discovers that his unique brand of social justice may have sprung from a strong Christian faith. One of the earliest references to the outlaw has him praying in St Mary’s Church in Nottingham before he is arrested by the Sheriff’s men. Aled explores an ancient dungeon underneath the National Justice Museum that could just possibly have been where Robin was held.

JB Gill visits Pulp Friction, a Nottinghamshire charity that aims to help people with learning difficulties to develop skills for employment. Having started with a bike that uses pedal power to make smoothies, the enterprise has grown and now runs the canteen at Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Headquarters. For many of the volunteers it’s a reflection of what Jesus did – loving and empowering those who are often marginalised.

And we meet Goose, a former paratrooper who rides a motorbike known as The Preacher – it’s a custom bike covered in scripture and artwork of Jesus. Goose explains how he uses his own experience to support ex-military personnel in his new role for the charity Care After Combat.

With wonderful hymns old and new from Nottingham's Albert Hall. Show less


Aled Jones
JB Gill
David Waters
Series Producer:
Matthew Napier
Executive Producer:
Cat Lewis
Executive Producer:
Emyr Afan
Production Company:
Avanti Media

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