Westminster Abbey

8:00pm Friday 7 December on BBC TWO

This landmark three-part series for BBC Two takes a behind-the-scenes look at one of Britain’s most historic institutions, Westminster Abbey.

Each episode explores the inner workings of this unique institution, following the rhythm of the liturgical calendar.

Featuring interviews with members of the 250 staff who oversee the Abbey’s spiritual mission, to ensure the upkeep of a World Heritage site and coordinate 1,500 services a year. These services range from regular daily worship to high-profile events like the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, revealing the Abbey’s iconic role at the heart of national life.

The first programme features the Dean of the Abbey, The Very Reverend Dr John Hall, who describes its thousand-year history, its intimate relationship with the monarchy, and its status as a Royal Peculiar – and offers an insight into its spiritual life.

The programme follows architect Ptolemy Dean as he is installed as the latest Surveyor of the Fabric, treading in the footsteps of Sir Christopher Wren. Ptolemy describes the daunting task facing him looking after this precious national monument.

We meet some of well-known faces that attend the Abbey’s services, including Rufus Wainwright and Hugh Masekela, and hear the Abbey’s world-famous choir singing at Downing Street in front of the Prime Minister, David Cameron.

We gain an insight into the often unusual daily life of the 30 boy choristers who attend the Abbey’s choir school, as they rehearse and perform in moving musical events.

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