Westminster Abbey

9:00pm Friday 21 December on BBC TWO

At Westminster Abbey, the great church at the heart of national life, it’s the autumn term and the cycle of life continues. Six eight-year-old trainee choristers join the Choir School and talk about what it’s like to be thrust into life at an iconic institution.

We follow the Abbey staff as they prepare for the first big service of the new term: Battle of Britain Day. We hear how they provide security for the many dignitaries who attend. The last remaining veterans of the Battle of Britain describe what the Abbey means to them and give their moving reaction to the service.

Meanwhile, the Abbey prepares to celebrate one of the busiest times in the Christian calendar, Christmas. We see the arrival of the Abbey’s Christmas trees and the annual Carol Concert attended by hundreds of members of the public keen to hear the choir sing some of the nation’s favourite carols.

Finally, the Abbey looks to the future both materially and spiritually. The Surveyor of the Fabric, architect, Ptolemy Dean, works out how to display the recently restored 700-year-old Coronation Chair on which Kings and Queens are crowned. The Dean and his clerical colleagues talk about the vision for the Abbey in the 21st century.

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