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Series / Songs Of Praise

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In the beginning was the Word
read out loud by Thora Hird.
Harry Secombe then would scream
The Morning is Broken by a stream.

Richard Stilgoe, Mrs Beamish

Long-running religious programme broadcast on Sunday evenings on BBC One, focusing on Christian music. The original setup was to have each episode based around a service in a specific church somewhere in the UK, although in recent years the show has moved towards a magazine format.


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  • Crossover: One episode of The Vicar of Dibley featured Songs of Praise coming to the village to film an episode in their church.
  • Gospel Music: The show holds an annual Gospel Choir of the Year competition.
  • Long Runner: Started broadcasting in October 1961 and is still going.
  • Prison Episode: The Other Wiki reports that one episode in 1982 was filmed in the chapel at Strangeways Prison.
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