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On Tuesday 11th December, JRS UK brought together refugee friends and volunteers to pre-record a service for BBC Radio 4 Sunday Worship. Focusing on the Gospel passage that tells of the Holy Family’s flight to Egypt, the recording will be aired on Sunday 30th December and will feature music by Soul Santuary Gospel Choir and the JRS UK Refugee Gospel Choir.By drawing on the Holy Family and its connections with the story of the Exodus and the voice of Rachel, the service reflects on the...
This weekend the BBC Radio 4 programme Sunday Worship will broadcast live from St Aloysius’ Church in Glasgow. The Morning Service will include a reflection on The Acts of the Apostles, as St Luke’s narrative follows the early disciples taking over the roles of Jesus and Paul's vision of the Church as the Body of Christ.“The original plan was for a broadcast mass from St Aloysius in early March,” says by Fr Dermot Preston SJ, parish priest, who will lead the service. “But then the snows fell,...
Wednesday 21st March was an exciting day for all at Mount St Mary’s College when the BBC paid a visit to the school as part of their Sports Relief Sofa Challenge.The challenge saw BBC Look North presenters Harry, Amy and Paul push the Look North sofa more than 100 miles to 50 locations around Yorkshire to raise money for Sport Relief and to celebrate their 50th birthday.The team set off on the 15th March in Birstall, near Batley, and finished on the 22nd March in the market town of Otley,...
Peter Mullan as Henry Garnet SJ in Gunpowder
The opening half of episode 3 of Gunpowder was a vast improvement on the episode that preceded it.Thankfully it kept fairly close to the broadly known facts, and was a simple but presentable visualisation of the events. It covered the final loading of the parliamentary undercroft with barrels of explosives; the breakdown of the Gunpowder Plot (either via an anonymous letter to Lord Monteagle or a creative twist hinting at betrayal by the Spanish); the fleeing of the plotters to the Midlands;...
Gunpowder
This really is becoming something of a dog’s dinner.Except for the central fact that a group of blokes are planning to blow up the English parliament, the details of Gunpowder are becoming somewhat disconnected to the known facts of the Gunpowder Plot. People and places are adrift, incidents and portrayals are going badly out of focus, and time is bending more than in an episode of Star Trek.As in episode I, the production values of episode 2 are high, and obviously money has been poured into...
As Britain is moving towards the annual celebration of Bonfire Night on November 5th the BBC is continuing its exploration of the political conditions that lead to the ill-fated attempt to blow up parliament. After the launch of the new drama Gunpowder on Saturday night, tonight the BBC rewinds thirty years to begin a new historical series, ‘Elizabeth I’s secret agents’.  This three-part series looks at the network of spymasters and secret agents that helped protect Queen Elizabeth I from...
Liv Tyler, Edward Wintour and Kit Harington in 'Gunpowder'
There is a famous philosophical proposition that if an infinite number of monkeys sat at an infinite number of typewriters, all combinations of letters of the alphabet would eventually be made and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare would emerge.The American comedian, Bob Newhart, picked up this conceit in one of his stand-up monologues by suggesting that, if such an experiment was to be attempted, it would need monitors to go around and observe what the monkeys were writing.In the sketch...
The BBC has launched a three-part drama on the Gunpowder Plot, but this time the story is being told from a different perspective. Every school child in the UK will be able to tell you about Guy Fawkes, but this time the drama is told mainly from the point of view of Robert Catesby, the mastermind behind the plot. Written by Ronan Bennett, who has a PhD in seventeenth-century English history, the project was promoted and developed by the actor Kit Harington, recently famous for his role as Jon...
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Watch Panorama - Undercover Britain's Immigration SecretsNews coming out ahead of a BBC Panorama investigation to be shown tonight on BBC 1 at 9 pm appears to show disturbing footage of abuse of detainees in immigration detention. The programmes shines a light on some of the harsh realities of indefinite immigration detention in the UK through an undercover investigation at Brook House, one of the nine immigration removal centre's in the UK's immigration detention estate.At one point, one...
Roger Dawson SJ
Roger Dawson SJ featured on the BBC Radio Wales programme 'All things considered' this week. Click the button at the bottom of this story to listen back for 25 days from the date of this story (13/04/17).At the start of Holy Week, in which both Easter and Passover are celebrated, and with Ramadan coming soon, Roy Jenkins asks what it means for these festivals to be considered as Holy, and explores the meaning of Holiness.Joining Roy are: Father Roger Dawson, Director of St Beunos Jesuit...

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