Falklands : BBC2 PLAN RELIGIOUS SERIES FOR THE FALKLANDS
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 27.05.2013 (Article Archived on 24.06.2013)
Charlie Bennett of Tiger Aspect Productions would like to make a series about on unique island communities with a focus on the Church.
BBC2 PLAN RELIGIOUS SERIES FOR THE
Charlie Bennett of Tiger Aspect
Productions would like to make a series about on unique island communities with
a focus on the Church. He is the
Production Manager of Island Parish and began working on
the first series 7 years ago. The
programme goes out weekly on BBC2. Thus
far 8 series have been made with the most recent being one of 6 episodes - all
half an hour in length.
Mr Bennett went on to say that the
BBC is keen for us to move to the Falklands to make a new series - and also to
show a different perspective on life in the Falklands - which many people just
don't get to see. The series has
gathered a dedicated following over the years and we now have over 2 million
viewers a week - which makes Island Parish one of the highest
rating programmes for BBC2. The
programmes make for gentle observational viewing with a heart-warming glimpse
into island and church life. It would be
good to talk to you all to tell you more about the programmes and to find out
whether this might be something you and the wider community would be interested
in being involved in.
The BBC Team generally work by initially approaching the churches in
each community and key media or civic contacts and started a dialogue from
there. Mr Bennett stressed the need to obtain the correct access
agreements from local authorities, land owners and from the Churches – which
usually means authorisation from the relevant authorities. This is usually done on the assumption that
the minister has consulted with the congregation if they feel it appropriate.
We try to spread the word as much as possible amongst the community we film in,
and pass our contact details around if we can in order that people can contact
us with queries and concerns. If people don’t wish to be filmed then this is
He continued by saying that the BBC encourage a very collaborative
filming process and welcome feedback, ideas and advice! As an islander myself
(from the Isles of Scilly, where the series began) I do understand something of
the sensitivities in small island communities, and we work very hard to
establish strong relationships based primarily on trust and communication. Our
crew will rarely (if ever) be more than two in number, and we try to be as
unobtrusive as possible.
“It might also reassure you to know that in the past all key
contributors from the church (ministers and Bishops) have viewing rights – and
so can view the programmes before broadcast – whilst this doesn’t hand over
editorial control, it does allow for fact checking, and our editorial team will
consider any suggestions made,” said Mr Bennett.
I Mr Bennett would be very happy for anyone in the community to contact
me with any questions at: CharlieBennett@tigeraspect.co.uk
MLAs and leaders from St Mary’s
Catholic Church, the Tabernacle Church and Christ Church Cathedral have expressed
their general enthusiasm and support for the proposal, and so the idea will now
be pursued further.