The Great British Faith

Hardeep Singh Kohli's series in which he sets out to explore the religious and cultural make-up of the UK by visiting three of its most diverse cities.

Episodes

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01Cardiff20101213

His first stop is Cardiff.

02Leicester20101214

Hardeep Singh Kohli explores Leicester as he continues his journey examining the role different faith groups have played in building modern Britain.

03Glasgow20101215

Hardeep Singh Kohli goes back to his home town of Glasgow to explore how much it has changed in the last 20 years.

0201Manchester20120403

Hardeep Singh Kohli explores the religious and cultural make-up of the UK by visiting three of its most diverse cities.

Hardeep begins this new series of Great British Faith in Manchester, on the face of it not a particular religious city but, with a little digging, he uncovers how the city's radical, commercial, and industrial might has its roots in the religious non-conformism of the 18th century.

He starts his journey outside a modern office building which houses the Unitarian church in the city centre, and learns how the strong beliefs of the influential Unitarians led to the Free Trade movement, parliamentary reform, and the eventual repeal of the hated corn laws.

He travels to one of the few places of worship in the city centre, St Ann's Church, to hear about the role the Mosley family played in Manchester's religious history, before heading south to Moss Side to learn how the Windrush generation reacted to being turned away from churches here in the 1950s.

Hardeep travels finally to North Manchester, where he meets a rapidly growing religious community, that of Orthodox Jews, and he hears how one in four children born in that area are to Jewish families.

Hardeep Singh Kohli explores the rich religious diversity of three British cities.

0202Belfast20120404

Hardeep Singh Kohli explores the religious and cultural make-up of the UK by visiting three of its most diverse cities.

Belfast is the second stop off in this series, and Hardeep begins this leg of his journey in no-man's land, a strip of road between two huge, barbed wired metal gates, which still separate Catholic and Protestant communities in Belfast, fourteen years after the Good Friday agreement was signed.

He hears from Tony Macauley about how more "peace walls" have been erected since the Agreement than before, and why he feels the walls perpetuate tension, rather than stop it.

He then meets May Blood, a peace campaigner during the darkest days of the troubles, who now sits in the House of Lords; and travels to Clonard Monastery, at the bottom of the Falls Road, to hear the role it played in securing peace.

Hardeep then hears from some Muslims, Belfast's fastest growing community, about how they survived through the troubles, and how racism has become an issue since; before heading down to the new billion pound Titanic Quarter. Here he joins the pastor of a church with no building and no congregation, as the city prepares to celebrate the centenary of the building of The Titanic.

Hardeep Singh Kohli explores the rich religious diversity of three British cities.

0203 LASTLondon20120405

Hardeep Singh Kohli explores the religious and cultural make-up of the UK by visiting three of its most diverse cities.

In this final part of Great British Faith, Hardeep wanders the streets of east London, which has been his home for the past twenty years. He will explore how the area's history is one of replenishment of immigrant groups and faiths who have made the East End the most culturally diverse area in the country.

He will explore the story of the Huguenots who brought the word "refugee" with them from France when they settled in the area in the 17th century. He will then meet Bernard Kops, a veteran of the Cable Street riots against the fascist Black shirts, who went onto become a prolific playwright and author.

As the call to prayer drifts over east London Hardeep will head to the largest Mosque in Western Europe to look at the role it plays in the community and he joins the worshippers at Kingsway International Church in Walthamstow to find out about the preaching of the 'prosperity gospel' and how every Sunday over half of all church goers in London worship at black churches.

As his three part journey for Radio 2 comes to an end, he will take in the sights, sounds and tastes of Brick Lane, and learn how the Twist was a Jewish invention.

Hardeep Singh Kohli explores the rich religious diversity of three British cities.