TV and RADIO
by Elizabeth Bano
SATURDAY JUNE 18
6.30pm The Faith of Marxism Channel 4. In the final programme in this series, Professor David McLellan, a Catholic and a leading academic authority on Marxism talks to one man who embodies the relationship between Marxism and Christianity Rev Alan Ecclestone, an 83 year old Church of England vicar who, for 40 years, has also been a member of the Communist Party.
SUNDAY JUNE 19
6.12am Morning has Broken, Radio 4. Jack Hywel-Davies introduces hymns followed by bell-ringing from local churches. 7.30am Good Morning Sunday, Radio 2. Roger Royle's special guest this week is Richard Stilgoe.
7.40am Sunday Radio 4. Weekly religious news and current affairs programme.
9.15am Articles of Faith, BBC!. Michael Walsh, Librarian at Heythrop College (London University) and author of Roots of Christianity, gives his second talk on authority within the early church.
9.30am This is the Day, BBC1. Broadcast from a viewers home. Morning Service, Radio 4. The service comes from Carradale Parish Church in Scotland and is led by the Rev Alistair Dunlop. 1 lam Morning Worship, ITV. A lively and colourful service from St Mary the Virgin, in London's Primrose Hill.
2pm Revelations, ITV. With James Roose-Evans, the distinguished theatre director, actor and writer, who is also an
ordained and practising priest of the Anglican church.
6.40pm Highway, ITV. For the last programme in the present series Harry Secombe visits Sunderland on the River Wear. The music is from Alvin Stardust and Prelude.
6.40pm Praise Be!, BBC!. In the final programme for the year, Thora Hird pays tribute to all those who face life with a fighting spirit. Among the hymns chosen by viewers are He Who Would Valiant Be and On ward Chris/ion Soldiers.
8.30pm Sunday Half Hour, Radio 2. The programme comes from St James' Concert Hall in Guernsey and is presented by Jeremy Carrol.
8.30pm Icons and Ideology, Radio 2. In amongst the liturgical splendours of the Russian Orthodox Church, the ordinary parish priest goes about his dayto-day ministry. Bernard Jackson explores the ordinary faith and church of the people of the Soviet Union. He hears how the gospel is taught, the faithful are baptised, and the sacred offices of the church are celebrated and maintained.
10.05 Heart of the Matter, BBCI. In the first of the new series Joan Bakewell visits Andersontown in the heart of Catholic West Belfast, to see how this beleagured community has
responded to the horrific spiral of violence which began with the Gibraltar Killings.
10.30pm Choral Evensong, Radio 3. From the chapel of Magdalen College, Oxford. From the chapel of Magdalen College, Oxford.
11.30pm Seeds of Faith, Radio 4. Lorraine Worsley talks to a group of Christians who are middle-aged and asks them about their experience of life so far and about the religious questions which are important to them. FRIDAY JUNE 24 TODAY is the birthday of the longest running programme in the world The Morning Service. Now broadcast on Radio 4 at 10.45 each weekday morning, it has survived war, outlived goverments and outwitted any attempts to axe it. The programme began as an experiment in the Midlands in 1928, but soon became a national institution. In the midst of all the current talk about the excess amount of sex and violence allowed by irresponsible broadcasters, it is salutary to note that it is a programme which promotes the Christian message and offers a daily chance for prayer and reflection which has lasted the course of broadcasting history.
To celebrate this birthday, the Very Rev Michael Mayne, Dean of Westminster and former head of BBC Radio Religious Programmes will take a 60 minute service at All Souls Langham Place in London the home of the programme. The climax of this service will be the fifteen minute live broadcast at 10.45am.