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‘Canterbury Cathedral’ the BBC 2 Documentary series

‘Canterbury Cathedral’ the BBC 2 Documentary series


Canterbury Cathedral has, in the past year, had its every move filmed for a new BBC Documentary series. The three part documentary entitled ‘Canterbury Cathedral’ offers an exclusive look behind-the-scenes into the life and community of Britain’s oldest Cathedral.

Filming began in November 2013 and finished in the late summer of 2014. The small production team from the BBC’s Religion and Ethics Department were granted unparalleled access to the Cathedral; the end result was an astounding 250 hours of material which had to be whittled down and edited into three hours for television.

BBC 2The series takes audiences inside the community that is the mother church of the Anglican Communion. Viewers will glimpse an insight into the workings of the Cathedral, with access to the Dean and other clergy, together with the wider community of choristers (including the brand new all-girl choir), the stained glass conservators, stone masons, apprentices, and the many pilgrims who come here. Throughout the series, viewers will discover Canterbury Cathedral’s rhythms, history, fabric, rituals, music and treasures, and meet some of its international visitors.



Looking back to a year ago when we were first asked by the BBC whether a documentary might be possible, I remember a certain nervousness on the part of us all; but the team they sent us became part of our daily life and we got to know them well. The whole experience has been an enjoyable one and I very much look forward to the three programmes leading up to Christmas.


The Very Revd Dr Robert Willis, Dean of Canterbury


Filmed during my first year at Canterbury, the series charts some of my earliest experiences here and is a memorable record of the events – and, even more, the characters – of those twelve months. The BBC team were brilliant at understanding the place and had an instinctive grasp of the rhythms and contours of its rich and colourful life.

Revd Canon Nicholas Papadopulos



Canterbury Cathedral is far more than an ancient monument, far more, even, than a church. It does not impose anything on the millions of visitors that come for a thousand reasons, but few if any leave it unmoved. My hope is that we provide viewers with a fair and engaging insight into a team of people totally dedicated to the Cathedral and to maintaining not only its structure and grandeur but its mission too.


David Waters, Assistant Producer of ‘Canterbury Cathedral’

Repeat transmission and I-player details, may be viewed here.

Canterbury Cathedral (3 x 60) is a BBC Religion and Ethics Production. The Executive Producer is Julian Mercer and the Producer is Graham Johnston.

Please check transmission times for Scotland and Wales.

In the Press

Click below to view related coverage from the local, national and international media

‘Canterbury Cathedral’ BBC 2 (December 2014)

‘Canterbury Cathedral goes out on BBC 2’ Canterbury Cathedral (03/12/2014)

‘Don’t let Canterbury crumble! A new series goes behind the scenes at the ancient cathedral’ The Daily Mail (05/12/2014)

‘The Sunday Programme’ BBC Radio Kent (07/12/2014)

‘Canterbury Cathedral’ Talk Talk (07/12/2014)

‘Damien Love reveals his pick of the week’s TV’ Herald Scotland (07/12/2014)

‘People diary: Holy Moses… or how the ‘Exodus’ cast were overshadowed at the film premiere’ The Telegraph (07/12/2014)

‘TV preview: Canterbury Cathedral’ Yorkshire Evening Post (08/12/2014)

‘Girls allowed’ The Radio Times page 30 -32 (13- 19 December 2014)

‘We Love Documentary Canterbury Cathedral’ South Wales Echo (12/12/2014)

‘Canterbury Cathedral, new series on BBC2 tonight exploring a year in the life of the Church of England’ Scunthorpe Telegraph (12/12/2014)


‘Watch Canterbury Cathedral’ Canterbury Times (15/12/2014)

‘Canterbury Cathedral TV review – a quintessential hour of Church of Englandness’ The Guardian (13/12/2014)

‘Storms, songs and a cathedral’ The Northern Echo (15/12/2014)


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