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Libby Lane, the first female bishop in the Church of England, reflects on the challenges and excitement of the past 12 months and comes face to face with her portrait.

35 minutes

Last on

Sun 31 Jan 2016 13:30

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • William H. Doane

    To God Be The Glory

    Choir: Worship Leader Nathan Jess and his band. Featured Artist: Congregation at Green Pastures, Ballymena. Music Arranger: Nathan Jess. Lyricist: Fanny Crosby.

    Composer:William Howard Doane

  • William Croft

    Be Thou My Vision

    Choir: Beverley Minster Congregation. Conductor: Gordon Stewart. Featured Artist: Robert Poyser. Featured Artist: Tom Osborne. Featured Artist: Michael Woodhead. Featured Artist: Andrew Littlemore. Featured Artist: Robert Burtenshaw. Featured Artist: Brian Kingsley. Featured Artist: Mark Wagstaff. Composer: Descant Alan Gray. Music Arranger: Robert Ramskill. Lyricist: Robert Grant.
  • C.H.H.Parry

    Ye Servants Of God

    Choir: Members of Canterbury Cathedral Congregation. Conductor: Paul Leddington Wright. Featured Artist: David Newsholme. Featured Artist: Colin Sheen. Featured Artist: Tristan Fry. Featured Artist: Andrew Crowley. Featured Artist: Simon Munday. Featured Artist: Edward Hobart. Featured Artist: Richard Bissill. Featured Artist: Owen Eamonn Slade. Lyricist: Charles Wesley.

    Tune:Laudate Dominum

  • Rev Lloyd Crossfield

    O Come Let Us Sing

    Choir: Twyford Church Of England High School. Featured Artist: Enoch John. Music Arranger: Lloyd Crossfield. Lyricist: Pslam 96. Lyricist: Rev Lloyd Crossfield.

    Composer: Rev Lloyd Crossfield

  • Siobhan Owen


    Choir: Siobhan Owen. Music Arranger: Siobhan Owen. Lyricist: Siobhan Owen.

    Composer:Siobhan Owen

  • A H Brown

    Just As I am

    Choir: Congregation of Warwick Road URC, Coventry. Conductor: Paul Leddington Wright. Featured Artist: Jaguar Landrover. Featured Artist: Tim Campain. Featured Artist: Marc Baptiste. Featured Artist: Chris Brown. Featured Artist: Andrew Kydd. Featured Artist: George Acquah. Featured Artist: Kenton Reid. Music Arranger: Paul Leddington Wright. Lyricist: Charlotte Elliot.

    Composer:A H Brown

  • Adventist Vocal Ensemble

    I Am On The Battlefield For My Lord (feat. Congregation at Hackney Empire)

    Conductor: Ken Burton. Lyricist: Sylvana Bell. Lyricist: EV Banks.



Bishop Libby Lane interview

An interview with the Church of England’s first female Bishop Rt Rev. Libby Lane, Bishop of Stockport, in her Cheshire home one year on from her consecration in York Minster. Bishop Libby has accepted the invitation from her former college, St Peter’s, Oxford to have her portrait painted and we see the artist Tom Croft adding the finishing touches in the final sitting. She speaks about the importance of redressing the balance of recognising women in public life and reflects on her first year in the job.

Church Detective - Chaucer

Richard Taylor, our very own Church Detective, is in Canterbury exploring it’s links with poet Geoffrey Chaucer.

Tunisia Beach Attack

In June 2015, Colin Bidwell and his wife went on holiday to Tunisia.  Little did they realise that they would find themselves in the middle of the worst terrorist attack on British citizens since the 7/7 bombings.  Colin was shot twice but was reunited with his wife.  Since returning home, Colin has started to explore faith, by visiting his local Church.  He’s also sort a greater understanding of the Muslim faith by meeting the Imam of a nearby mosque.  David Grant meets with Colin to hear out his experience and how his exploration of faith is helping the healing process.

 Women in the Church

Presenter, Claire McCollum goes to York Minster to meet Ellie Bangay. At age 24, she’s the youngest curate in the country as well as the first female curate in the Minster’s 800 year history. We find out what her role involves; holding assembly at the local school, taking prayer at Evensong. Plus, we meet her famous labradoodle #georgeoftheminster

Ellie introduces Claire to the Dean of York Minster, Very Rev. Vivienne Faull to discuss the difficulties faced by women in the Church of England, including insight into her own experiences. 




  • To God Be The Glory was performed by the Congregation at Green Pastures, Ballymena.
  • Be Thou My Vision was performed by Beverley Minster Congregation.
  • Ye Servants Of God was performed by members of Canterbury Cathedral Congregation.
  • O Come Let Us Sing was performed at the Nottingham Albert Hall.
  • Prayer was performed by Siobhan Owen at St German’s, Cardiff.
  • Just As I am was performed was performed by the Congregation of Warwick Road URC, Coventry.
  • I Am On The Battlefield For My Lord was performed at Hackney Empire, London.


Role Contributor
Presenter Claire McCollum
Participant Libby Lane
Series Producer Matthew Napier
Executive Producer Dave Stanford


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