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TV documentary reveals hidden life of Cathedral

BBC2 to screen three-part series after filming goes on for a year

ON CAMERA: The documentary crew in action at the cathedral
ON CAMERA: The documentary crew in action at the cathedral

A THREE-PART documentary series about Canterbury Cathedral will be broadcast on BBC 2 this month, after a year of filming. The one-hour programmes were due to be shown on the last three Fridays of the year, with the final episode going out on Boxing Day. But a last-minute scheduling change means episode one will go out on Friday, December 12, episode two on Monday, December 15. and episode three on Friday, December 19, all at 9pm.

Nervousness

The Very Reverend Robert Willis, the Dean of Canterbury Cathedral, said:

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AUTHORITY: Canterbury Cathedral

“When, over a year ago, the BBC asked whether they might make three prograinines about the life of our cathedral during the cource of a year we were all seized with a certain nervousness. Twelve months later I am left wondering why we were so hesitant since the team who have boon with us have not only become part of our community, but their questions have helped us understand our own life and ministry”

Episode one of the series will feature Christmas preparations. As the latest Archbishop, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, prepares for his first Christmas. Dean Robert Willis shows him Canterbury’s most precious documnent. The Winchester Accord, signed by William the Conqueror to establish Canterbury’s authority over York. In the next show, called Pennies From Heaven, viewers follow Canon Clare Edwards in the runup to last Easter, and the cathedral’s application for £12 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund to fix its leaking roof. The final programme, Pilgrims and Progress, takes a closer look at the people across the globe who make a pilgrimage to the cathedral. Viewers will follow Hannock Ngoma, as he travels from his home parish in Malawi to visit Canterbury Cathedral for the first time, to spend three weeks with his “brothers and sisters” from four continents. Although united by a common bond with Canterbury the delegates all come with fiercely different views on theology and ethics – getting along is by no means easy in the worldwide Anglican family.

Herne Bay Times, December 10th 2014

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