By Adam Sherwin, Independent
Religion should be incorporated into “reality” television shows in order to increase understanding of other faiths, the Archbishop of Canterbury has claimed.
The Most Rev Justin Welby, who was enthroned in March, warned of “dangerous” consequences if religion disappeared from television schedules. Broadcasters who force religion to the margins are helping to “cultivate ignorance”, the Archbishop said.
He praised the ITV documentary series, Strictly Kosher, which featured an internet-dating Rabbi and a flamboyant fashion boutique owner based in Manchester’s orthodox Jewish community, for “stitching” religion into everyday life.
Referring to the growth of reality TV shows from Castaway to I'm A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!, he told the Radio Times: “Over the past decade, a little English word has become synonymous with broadcasting that puts ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances: ‘reality.’
“In this context, reality can often mean people putting their lives on hold, flying off to a desert island, and taking part in bewildering challenges. But there is another kind of reality broadcasting – one that I think delves far deeper into the questions of who we are, what we are, and why we are.”