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.