The Minster

Confirmed for 9 May on BBC Two at 8-8.30pm

Ep 1/3

Friday 9 May



An exclusive look behind the scenes at York Minster is the focus of this new three-part documentary series.

A small team from the BBC filmed at the Minster most of last year, capturing the unsung heroes whose work ensures one of Britain's great historic buildings is kept open and vibrant for all to enjoy.

Executive producer Nicola Addyman says: "This documentary series goes right to the heart of York Minster during a year when it is in the middle of a huge restoration project and follows the people that make it tick, from the specialist stonemasons and glaziers to the choristers and choirmasters of the York Minster Choir as well as the vergers and the officers of the Minster’s own police force.

"This will be a hugely enjoyable series and will help people realise the massive amount of work - and love - that goes on behind the scenes to keep such a wonderful building alive for the whole country, if not the world, to enjoy."

In the first episode we meet Superintendent of Works, Rebecca Thompson, whose job it is to help guide the Minster’s crack team of stone carvers and masons through one of their biggest projects of the decade.

Head verger Alex Carberry is faced with climbing his own personal Everest which involves draping a huge white cloth over a massive wooden crucifix suspended 40 feet above the Minster floor in preparation for Easter.