As I write this, I am being soothed and uplifted by the broadcast of Bach's St. Matthew Passion, from the Royal Festival Hall. Once again, l feel I must express my thankfulness to the B.B.C. for the way in which they are commemorating these holy days.
This may seem rather a contradiction after what I wrote last week, but — "Brains Trust" and Sunday play apart — Holy Week is well remembered. In looking through my "Radio Times" I am glad to see the daily repetition of the cycle of plays on Our Lord's life called "Jesus of Nazareth" at 6.20 every evening on television, and many services and religious orchestral programmes, ;specially on Good Friday, on boils radio and television.
But how torn the poor programme planners must he between the religious Good Friday and the Bank Holiday sporting day. On television, especially, the day is a cross between Sunday and "sporty " Saturday. •
I THOUGHT the cover of the T.V. Times" for Holy Week most attractive with its angels, spring flowers. and, most of all, the parents taking the children to church. I wish this reflected the moral tone of all I.T.V.'s programmes, but one has the feeling that they can't afford to be too religious, even though their Good Friday isn't entirely pagan and that programmes and commercials must go on as usual.
With the doubts and disbeliefs of scientific clever men reaching bigger and bigger audiences, it is good to see the T.V. children's presentation of Louie Pasteur's life "The Invisible Armies" every Sunday. This very carefully produced serial is not only technically attractive in the settings, scenery, and attention to detail, hut cannot but do good in its effects on the young. We have long admired the work of Neste Pain on the radio, and so we are not surprised at the excellence of this television play.
We are amused now at the surprise and incredulity of his contemporaries when Pasteur dis proved their ideas of "spontaneous generation" -that is that germs just happend to grow and came from nowhere — but think how credulous many people are who believe our scientists who say life "just happened" and was not caused by God. Programmes like this. or "Look", or even the rather controversial "Your Life in Their Hands", could do much in helping people realise that there must be God behind all these wonders.
IJNIRUF, TO LIFE
AMONG the various television
plays we watched last week, one stands out as being especially superficial but sadly true to some aspects of modern life. This was Warren. Chetham-Strode's "Background". It was about a wife, played by Joyce Heron, who had a well-appointed home, only three children and a "treasure" to help look after them.
She and her husband, very convincingly played by Michael Gwynn, seem to get on each other's nerves. They decide to divorce and the wife is going to marry her husband's best friend.
The children do not care for this idea and the son even goes to the length of shooting the lover— not to kill. Everyone is very surprised and the couple decide not to divorce after all.
The first advertisements to he issued by the Australian Catholic Enquiry Centre. currently being established with its headquarters in Sydney, N.S.W., are expected to appear in the press in about a year's time in April, 1959. Fr. Thomas White, of the archdiocese of Melbourne, who has been appointed director, will be coming to London later this year to make a close study of the methods and procedure of Enquiry Centre in this country.
Recently, the founder and director of the English Centre, Fr. Michael O'Connor, paid a visit to Australia and addressed the clergy and Bishops.