Sunday Life

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Real People. Real Stories. Real Life.

Sundays, 10am, BBC One

About the show

Our Presenters

Louise Minchin

Louise Minchin is an experienced journalist and one of the faces of BBC News 24. On BBC One she regularly presents The One O'clock News, BBC Breakfast, and the weekend Ten O'clock News.

Louise was born in Hong Kong and has a degree in Spanish from St Andrew's University. As part of her degree she spent a year working in Argentina. Louise trained as a journalist at the London College of Printing, and her first job in television was as a reporter on Channel Five's show business programme Exclusive.

Louise started work for the BBC, at Radio Five Live in 1998, where she presented the main programmes Drive, Breakfast and Sport on Five.

"Sunday Life is about the people affected by the news. I really want to look behind the stories I report on the news every day, so we can understand how those stories happened and how People's lives change as a result."

"I'm interested in the moral and ethical decisions we all face - how do we make those decisions and how do we ensure they're the right ones? On Sunday Life we'll investigate the issues that people in Britain think are important."

"I'm really looking forward to working with Colin. He's a superstar with amazing enthusiasm (and I'm hoping I'll get a few free dancing lessons too!)"

Colin Jackson

Colin Jackson retired from athletics at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham in 2003. But the double Olympian and world record holder set his sights on a new career - in television.

On retirement, Colin became one of the key members of the BBC's sports production team and he continues to take part in the BBC's Athletics coverage. Outside sport, Colin kick-started his broadcasting career by co-hosting the BBC reality TV project Born to Win, where he led the nation's largest search for Britain's new sporting talent.

In 2005 Colin took part in Strictly Come Dancing and made it through to the final, being pipped to the post by cricketer Darren Gough. In 2006 he took an emotional journey to Jamaica to trace his family heritage for the BBC's Who Do You Think You Are?

"There are real people at the centre of every story. Sunday Life will pose the questions thrown up by those stories, and find answers to them. The show is about understanding the way people are affected by our changing world."

"It's about Sunday mornings and the conversations that are happening up and down the country. We're talking to everyday folk and, whilst the issues we cover could be the same as the ones featured in the news, we'll come at them from a really personal point of view."

"I constantly question the decisions I make as a human being, and that helps me appreciate the spiritual benefits of all religions."

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Sunday Life's Faith Family

Meet the Sanderson's - the Sunday Life 'faith family'. Mum Sarah, Dad Mark and two of their three children Dan and Ella have been recruited to go on a voyage of religious discovery - exploring a variety of major festivals on different religious calendars to learn the significance of these festivals to the people who practise them.

The Sandersons

Dad Mark is a lawyer and is married to Sarah. They have three children - Dan, Ella and Alfie. The Sanderson's are from West Yorkshire and were chosen for this experiment because of their genuine interest in different religions.

"I think it's a really great time for us as a family to take part in [the Faith Family] because I think probably, somewhat unusually, we do discuss religion and those issues quite often at the dinner table." - Sarah Sanderson

Mark Sanderson

Mark Sanderson

Forty one year old Mark is a lawyer and father of three. Mark was brought up a Catholic, but hasn't really carried on with his faith during adulthood. He wouldn't class himself as religious.

"I believe in the Christian code of conduct of how you treat each other, but I don't necessarily believe what I read in the bible. I find it difficult to subscribe to the idea of a God who has created all of this and that we all have to act in a certain way or else we don't get into heaven".

Mark believes that because we live in such a multi-faith culture it is important to know about other people's religions.

Mark hopes that through this experiment, the children will gain a deeper appreciation of other people and learn to think about issues through other people's eyes.

Mark is particularly interested in learning about Buddhism since his visit to Thailand.

Sarah Sanderson

Forty two year old Sarah is a stay at home mum of three. Sarah was brought up by atheist parents, so religion was not part of her upbringing. Since having children, Sarah has visited the local C of E church in order to join in more with community activities.

Sarah admits to having an interest in spirituality, but doesn't class herself as religious. She describes herself as being on a personal journey of understanding and fulfilment, and hopes that this experiment will take her further on that journey.

Sarah says "The experiment will be a fantastic learning curve for all of the family. We'd never normally get to experience other people's faiths like this, so it's a great opportunity. It'll be nice to have a window into other people's lives".

Sarah believes that because of her atheist upbringing she can be more open to what she learns now as she will be experiencing religion for the first time.

Dan Sanderson

Dan loves acting, cricket and playing the saxophone. He is looking forward to the Faith Family experiment as he has lots of friends from different religions. He'd like to find out more about the cultures of his Hindu and Muslim friends.

Dan often has lots of questions about religion due to the fact his friends will often talk about their different faiths. He often questions mum and dad but there are many occasions when they don't have the answers.

Dan says "I think most religions are very similar, they all believe in one God, they just worship in different ways. Religion is a way to making friends and being a better person".

"I'm most excited about looking at different religions and going to different festivals. I'm looking forward to learning different dances and singing and dressing up in costumes".

Dan is most looking forward to learning about Buddhism. "I've never really met a Buddhist and I think they look really cool. And they're really into their religion and passionate about it."

Dan says that he might find a religion he'd want to stick to through doing this experiment, but he's not sure. "We'll have to wait and see when I test them out!"

Ella Sanderson

Ella has not really come into contact with many people from different ethnic backgrounds or religions, so is really looking forward to the experiment so she can learn more about people's faiths.

"I want to do this experiment to see how different people feel. I want to see how people feel if they are Muslim."

Ella is most looking forward to trying out different cuisines. "I'd like to know how different people eat the food and I'm looking forward to eating the food. I'm also looking forward to singing. I think religion is fun!"

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