Cathedrals on television

11th November 2013

In a new series of three films being shown on Tuesday evenings on BBC4, documentary film maker, Richard Alwyn, goes behind the scenes in three of England’s Church of England Cathedrals – Wakefield, Wells and Southwark.  Each film explores in different ways the purpose and daily workings of these extraordinary edifices that stud the English landscape.  What are they for? What do they do?  Who uses them and how?  Are they meeting places between heaven and earth, timeless containers of sacred space?  Or empty shells, nothing more than feats of engineering, architecture, but essentially relics – anachronisms in a secular world.
The cathedrals featured are:
WAKEFIELD 9pm Tuesday, 12 November
WELLS 9pm Tuesday, 19 November
SOUTHWARK 9pm Tuesday, 26 November