Early Musical Instruments (ITV, 11.30 am) follows the history of the lyre or harp down the centuries. It is an instrument which has always had an affinity with religious ceremonies. The harp accompanied the Psalmist as well as the Druid.
But the relationship between harps and holy men has not always been smooth — in the 10th century Si Dunstan was accused of sorcery because his harp made eerie noises when he left it in the wind.
The Irish Way(BBC I, 4.04 pm). The first of -a new series of programmes looking at the Irish countryside and way of life north and south attic Border. A foretaste of the series was shown last Tuesday in a full-length documentary on
Londonderry — a city with too many problems to be squeezed into half an hour. This week's programme looks at the village of Boris in south-east Ireland.
When the Saints go Marching In
(ITV, 6.25 pm). Michael Hordern investigates the lives of St Francis, the poor man of Assisi, and St Eustace, who was converted by seeing a stag with a cross in its antlers.
St Eustace, with his wife Theopistes, arid their sons Agapitus and Theopistus is supposed to have been martyred under Hadrian in AD 118. The whole family came to be venerated as saints and were credited with much colourful folklore.
St Francis' exploits were less fanciful but his influence on the world was immense. His spirituality of prayer, poverty and joy has been enriching the Church ever since he responded to the voice of Christ which he heard speaking from the cross in San Damiano in 1208.
The Devil's Crown (BBC 2, 9.10 pm). Richard Coeur de Lion, a poet and Crusader first and a King of England second sets off on a Crusade to free Jerusalem, the Holy City'ruwhichs hnisgreat-grandfat her had led a King, No Easy Answer (STV, 10.45 pro), Scottish Catholics celebrating the centenary of the re-establishment of their hierarchy look back on the achievements of the last 100 years and try to answer the questions and challenges posed by the future.