LONDON — Songs of Praise has never known such controversy – or indeed such attention.

The gentle Sunday institution, which has beamed hymns into our living rooms for well over 50 years and quietly become the world’s longest running religious TV show, came under fire earlier this month.

The Daily Express and others expressed outrage over the show’s plans to film a special episode from the migrant camp in Calais, arguing that it was a waste of taxpayers’ money.

While the likes of JK Rowling quickly shut them down, the episode – which saw presenter Sally Magnusson meet Christian churchgoers from Syria, Ethiopia and Eritrea at the tarpaulin edifice of St Michael’s in the Jungle – was subject to much debate. Read more…

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