Cathedrals; Strange Days: Cold War Britain; Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Richard Alwyn's three-part documentary series about the daily working lives of cathedrals has been an underrated gem

The two main channels offered a prime-time shoot-out between Champions League football and Last Tango in Halifax, but for those in search of an hour away from the hurly-burly the only show in town was Cathedrals (BBC4). Richard Alwyn's three-part documentary series about the daily working lives of cathedrals has been an underrated gem and last night's final instalment on Southwark was perhaps the most intimate of them all. The series appropriately ended not with a banging of drums and a crashing of cymbals, nor with a handwringing whimper, but by keeping calm and carrying on against impossible odds. In this part of south-east London, God struggles to make himself heard above the trains that rattle past the cathdedral windows, the city planners that tear apart the local community by building
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