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The Church of England - - COMMENT -

The re­turn of Rev on 24 March will de­light its many fans. The se­ries has won praise in the Church of Eng­land for the sym­pa­thetic way it por­trays the life of an in­ner-city priest, the Rev Adam Small­bone. The sec­ond episode in the new se­ries shows Adam at­tempt­ing to con­duct prayers for a gay cou­ple while not break­ing church reg­u­la­tions. An­other of­fer­ing from the BBC that has at­tracted less at­ten­tion thent Rev de­serves even more praise. Last week Melvyn Bragg de­voted 45 min­utes of his In Our Time to the Trin­ity. It was an ex­cel­lent dis­cus­sion in­volv­ing Janet Mary Sos­kice (Catholic), Gra­ham Ward (Angli­can) and Martin Palmer (Ortho­dox). Melvyn, fa­ther of a C of E priest, posed the ques­tions and al­lowed his guests to an­swer, which they all did in a clear, in­tel­li­gent and il­lu­mi­nat­ing way. Like all the other pro­grammes in the se­ries, this edi­tion can be down­loaded as a pod­cast. An in­ter­view in last week’s New States­man hails Melvyn as ‘the na­tion’s school­mas­ter’, largely on ac­count of his In Our Time se­ries. The Trin­ity isn’t the only the­o­log­i­cal or philo­soph­i­cal topic he has tack­led. He got the pro­gramme in 1999 when he be­came a Labour peer and the BBC feared he might be too po­lit­i­cal for Start the Week.

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