I have written a book called ‘More TV Vicar? Christians on the Telly: the Good, the Bad and the Quirky’ published by DLT.
In it I explore the full range of fictional Christian characters that we have loved and loved to hate on British television over the last 30 years or so – what does our reaction to them say about us, and what does their portrayal say about what society thinks about Christians?
I had tremendous fun researching and writing it and I hope you’ll enjoy reading it. Do come and ‘like’ my Facebook page for the book and use that space to ask me any questions or make comments. Click on the image to go direct to the Publisher to purchase the book or click here for the Kindle edition.
Listen to me talk about the book here:
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Here is the book blurb:
‘Vicars (and Christians) on the telly are viewed by the wider population with a varying mixture of disdain, amusement and downright bewilderment. Bryony’s book not only explores the good, the bad and the quirky of TV “vicars” but also asks what we can learn from how the media paints a picture of the clergy and how we might challenge the stereotypes.’
Kate Bottley, vicar of Blyth, Scrooby and Ranskill and TV-viewer on Channel 4’s Gogglebox.
‘A fascinating read on whether television and religion can be bedfellows, should they be, and whether we should be ranting about it if they are. A cracking, timely book that will get you laughing, thinking, and thinking about what you’re laughing at.’
Paul Kerensa, comedian, broadcaster, author, co-writer of BBC’s Miranda and Not Going Out.
More TV Vicar? gets under the dog collar of the claim that Christians are misrepresented on popular television. Bryony Taylor examines many well-known characters – including Dot Cotton, Father Ted, Rev.’s Adam Smallbone, The Vicar of Dibley’s Geraldine Granger and Rowan Atkinson’s various clerical roles – and asks what deeper message underlies each portrayal and how Christians should respond.
Illustrated with cartoons by Chris Bambrough.
Bryony Taylor is a curate in the Diocese of Durham, and the creator of a number of popular blogs including the humour site anglicanmemes.com