Tuesday, 21 December 2010

BBC's Nativity: An Ignorant View of History for Simpletons

The BBC's Nativity reduced this to a natter in the garden
After being prompted to do so by various comment-leavers after yesterday's post on the BBC's Nativity programme, I watched Part 2 tonight.

I remain opposed to it.

  • Mary thinks she had a dream with some sort of man in it.
  • Gabriel looked like Dave down the pub.
  • The 'Ave Maria' was changed beyond recognition.
  • The Magnificat, that beautiful canticle, was ignored.

In short a sublime, moving history of Our Lady and the birth of Our Lord is being turned into a "maybe" event, open to interpretation.

It is another shoddy attempt to con the naive that lip service is being given to Catholic/Christian history, whilst giving the generation that thinks Hitler was a German world-cup squad goalkeeper more muddled half-facts to increase their ignorance:

Yeah mate, Mary 'ad a dream fing, and this bloke from the pub said 'wotcha Mary, you've played a blinder and god is well chuffed' and then she had a baby and all that, and some people said it was a Messiar (which I fink is like a make of car or sumfink), but some other people said it was porky-pies an that, innit. Anyway,that Hitler bloke he wuz the goalkeeper for Germany an that, innit.
Suggesting this BBC programme enhances Catholicism is akin to rejoicing that Songs of Praise adds to the liturgy of Mother Church.

The dumbing down of our Faith, and Christianity in general, has delivered us empty pews and whole families that are Catholic in name only.

So, after watching the second episode (free, as yet, from the vile smears against Our Lady) I stand by my initial treatise against the series.


  1. Much more eloquent and erudite than my poor offering. Good post Gareth. Agree 100%
    Strange that we both chose "innit" innit?

  2. I'm afraid we must disagree on this one, It is very sensitively portrayed ,as they explained ordinary men and women reacting to extraordinary events, it speaks very subtly actually and all the words are there just not in the traditional way. Its much better than you think.

  3. I am afraid we shall disagree then. As others have stated, there is a feeling of the Blessed Virgin being "along for the ride" and of the events happening to her, rather than her very positively accepting her salvific role in mankinds' redemption.

    WHERE was the Magnificat? WHERE was the Hail full of Grace? WHERE were the massed ranks of angels praising 'In Excelsis Deo'?

    It was rarely sensitive and then in very tiny barely registering on my senso-meter. For the most part it was just dull and humanist, throwing doubt onto the the roles of the Blessed Virgin and St Joseph.