The Great Fire of London in 1666 was described as an act of God. Pam Rhodes explores why and discovers the new city churches that rose from the ashes.
The Great Fire of London in 1666 was described as an act of God. Pam Rhodes is joined by historian Kate Williams to explore why, and she discovers the new city churches that formed the heart of the city that rose from the ashes.
Ye Servants of God from St Aidan's Church, Leeds
I Will Lift Up My Eyes from the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms from Brunswick Methodist Church
We Plough the Fields and Scatter from Pershore Abbey
Angel-Voices Ever Singing from Holy Trinity Church, Stratford upon Avon
There's a Sweet, Sweet Spirit from St John at Hackney
And Can It Be from New Community Church, Southampton.
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
The Great Fire of London - Part One
350 years ago this month, the most devastating fire in the capital's history destroyed most of the City of London - and 80% of its churches at the time, including St. Paul's Cathedral. Pam Rhodes joins historian Kate Williams who takes us back to the site where it all began, Pudding Lane, and explores the religious reactions to the inferno of 1666.
Pam Rhodes visits Bridgend in South Wales to meet one of the Tenovus Cancer Care Choirs who were part of a scientific experiment to prove that singing really can improve your mood.
Bells Ring Out
With the number of bell ringers reportedly in decline in the UK, Pam Rhodes goes to meet the bell ringing team at the magnificent church of St. Peter Mancroft in Norwich, to find out how they are encouraging more young people to get involved with the ancient art of bell-ringing.
The Great Fire of London - Part Two
In the aftermath of the Great Fire, a new London arose from the ashes and London's skyline was transformed. It was Sir Christopher Wren, mathematician and Anglican, who landed the job of re-designing over fifty new London churches, as well as his masterpiece, the new St. Paul's Cathedral. Pam Rhodes and historian Kate Williams explores the magnificent domed church of St. Stephen's Wallbrook for the insights it give us into Wren's vision and motivation.
|Executive Producer||Tommy Nagra|
|Series Producer||Matthew Napier|