Songs of Praise Want To Visit You!
The BBC TV programme Songs of Praise is looking for churches
and individuals to help them tell the story of faith in the UK with
new stories and locations for the programme.
Songs of Praise is a mixture of hymns and good news
stories of faith from across the UK. It has been a cornerstone
of religious broadcasting on a Sunday afternoon for many
The Songs of Praise producers are looking to hear your stories
From those who have had unique or dramatic journeys of faith, to a
church that is doing
unusual outreach work, chaplaincy or a struggle against adversity
to deliver Christ's message to a community, Songs of Praise wants
to celebrate the work you and your church are doing in your
The more notice of a story you can give the programme, the better.
However, they can
turn things around quickly if needed. Stories should be current
with consideration given to the people that would need to be
involved to add "human interest" to the story.
If you think you have something of interest for Songs of Praise,
then you can email the producers directly through their website
here. If you would like support in pitching your idea then the
Methodist Media Office can help you.
Songs of Praise has introduced a more "magazine style"
programme over recent years, but it remains focused on hymns,
praise and music.
The producers are eager to find new locations and it can take
around nine months after talks start before the TV cameras arrive
for the three hours of recording.
Below are a selection of criteria that the producers are looking
•Chairs rather than fixed pews, at least on the main
(Fixed seating in balconies is usually fine.)
•A capacity of between 300 - 700 people and room for our
cameras and lighting equipment.
•Away from flight paths and very noisy roads and extraneous
noises with good ambient light.
•An organ of a good standard.
•On-site parking for around six vans or good street
•Be in or close to large a community to ensure that there are
enough people to fill the church twice for the recording. Costs
can make some remote locations unsuitable.
If you think your church fits the bill, do get in touch with
internal pictures of the building and approximate
You can email the programme though their website here
or speak to Methodist Media Office