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Songs of Praise

11/10/2015

Duration: 35 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One WestLatest broadcast: on BBC One Wales

Sally Magnusson joins Lord of the Rings fans at a Tolkien festival, David Grant visits the home of William Blake, and historian Richard Taylor is at Jane Austen's church. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Sally Magnusson
Presenter:
Richard Taylor
Presenter:
David Grant
Series Producer:
Matthew Napier
Executive Producer:
Dave Stanford

Churches: How to Read Them

Episode 3: Medieval Death

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Richard Taylor shows how churches were designed to give medieval people a way to escape death, with their Judgement scenes, cadaver tombs and crucifixion depictions. Show more

Churches: How to Read Them

Episode 4: Reformation: Chaos and Creation

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Richard Taylor tries to understand the intense medieval devotion to the Virgin Mary and how this fuelled the anger of the Reformation that followed. Show more

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Documentary in which Richard Taylor charts Victorian Gothic architect Pugin's extraordinary life story and discovers how his work continues to influence Britain today. Show more

Churches: How to Read Them

Episode 5: Restoration and Reason

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Richard Taylor finds that churches from the Age of Enlightenment reflect the intellectual excitement, vigour and potential for conflict of a turbulent time. Show more

Churches: How to Read Them

Episode 6: The Victorians and After

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Richard Taylor discovers how medieval imagery made a surprise return to Victorian places of worship and how WWI brought back the commemoration of the dead. Show more

Songs of Praise

25/10/2015

Duration: 35 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One Scotland HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Wales

Aled Jones meets Neil Baldwin, who inspired the Bafta-winning drama Marvellous, and there's a rare look at Henry V's hidden chapel inside Westminster Abbey.

Contributors

Presenter:
Aled Jones
Presenter:
Claire McCollum
Presenter:
Richard Taylor
Interviewed Guest:
Neil Baldwin
Series Producer:
Matthew Napier
Executive Producer:
Dave Stanford

Songs of Praise

03/01/2016

Duration: 35 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One Scotland HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Wales

Ann Widdecombe goes behind the scenes of BBC drama Father Brown, and Aled Jones is in the North East to hear about Hen Power and how it can help battle loneliness. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Aled Jones
Presenter:
Ann Widdecombe
Presenter:
Richard Taylor
Series Producer:
Matthew Napier
Executive Producer:
Dave Stanford

Songs of Praise

Manchester Attack

Duration: 35 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One Northern Ireland HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One South West

In the aftermath of the terror attack in Manchester, Aled Jones discovers how the city is pulling together and the role that faith is playing in the recovery.

Contributors

Presenter:
Aled Jones
Presenter:
Richard Taylor
Presenter:
Pam Rhodes
Executive Producer:
Dave Stanford
Series Producer:
Matthew Napier

Churches: How to Read Them

Episode 1: Dark Beginnings

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Richard Taylor visits Britain's early medieval churches to find out why the Anglo-Saxons and Normans continued to fill their sacred buildings with pagan images. Show more

Songs of Praise

Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral

Duration: 35 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Wales

Josie d'Arby celebrates the golden jubilee of Liverpool's iconic Metropolitan Cathedral. There is also music to celebrate the Feast of Pentecost. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Josie d'Arby
Presenter:
Richard Taylor
Executive Producer:
Dave Stanford
Series Producer:
Matthew Napier

Songs of Praise

28/02/2016

Duration: 35 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One Scotland HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Wales

Aled Jones visits Port Talbot, home of Britain's largest steelworks, as 4,000 workers and the wider community await news of hundreds of redundancies. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Aled Jones
Presenter:
Richard Taylor
Series Producer:
Matthew Napier
Executive Producer:
Dave Stanford

Duration: 35 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One Scotland HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Wales

David Grant travels along the Settle to Carlisle Railway and hears the story of the workers who risked their lives to build the remarkable Ribblehead Viaduct. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
David Grant
Presenter:
Kate Bottley
Presenter:
Richard Taylor
Executive Producer:
Dave Stanford
Series Producer:
Matthew Napier

Richard Taylor unravels the 1,500 years of history that have made bells such a key British sound, meeting those who work with them and those who understand their deep significance. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Richard Taylor
Presenter:
Richard Taylor
Executive Producer:
Paul Sommers
Executive Producer:
Paul Sommers
Producer:
Grace Chapman
Producer:
Grace Chapman
Director:
Grace Chapman
Director:
Grace Chapman

Churches: How to Read Them

Episode 2: Medieval Life

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Richard Taylor uncovers evidence that shows how and why our parish churches came to play such a crucial role in the everyday life of the Middle Ages. Show more