21st April 2021
Uneasy lies the head …
Luke Taylor SJ recommends the BBC’s adaptations of Shakespeare’s history plays, The Hollow Crown, and invites us to use the drama as a lens through which to think about our place in history.
6th November 2017
Gunpowder: Episode 3
Will the real Henry Garnet please stand up? Viewers of the BBC's 'Gunpowder' have not had a chance to meet him.
30th October 2017
Gunpowder: Episode 2
The BBC's Gunpowder totally misrepresented John Gerard, whose remarkable story is told here by Dermot Preston SJ. Gerard was transferred to the Tower of London, where he was tortured, on 12 Apr 1597.
23rd October 2017
Gunpowder: Episode 1
The breeze-blocks of history were fitted into Gunpowder’s fictional edifice, which really does not bode well for responsible historical drama. Dermot Preston SJ reviews the series.
24th November 2015
Hand of God
In another context, the words and symbols of faith that this series uses might have carried conviction, but here they are simply exploited. The Living Word gets stripped down to mere meaningless words.
30th March 2015
Faith before the flood: The Ark
On 16 Feb, we hear the story of Noah and the flood. A 2015 BBC dramatisation was sensitively written and full of family drama, but its depiction of faith may not be quite what we would expect.
21st January 2015
Into the shadows Wolf Hall on screen
Thomas More, born 7 Feb 1478, was a key character in Hilary Mantel's 'Wolf Hall'.
4th November 2014
Setting the world on fire? Anti-Catholicism and the Great Fire of London
The popular English imagination associated Catholics with fire, from the Smithfield flames of Queen Mary Tudor to the gunpowder of Guy Fawkes.
30th August 2014
Bigger on the inside: The Doctor’s magic box
The Tardis ‘has become not only a symbol of the justice the Doctor seeks to dispense, but may also allude to the figure of the healer-knight who seeks to help a wounded world.’
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