Cumbria’s finest to feature in iconic TV programs

This Sunday marks the start of an extended period of bringing all things Cumbria to the small screen.

Songs of Praise was filmed at Carlisle Cathedral. The program will air on BBC One on Sunday September 11 at 2.35pm and is part of the cathedral’s 900th anniversary celebrations.

The cathedral’s monastic origins and its magnificent star-studded ceiling take center stage in the programme, along with Wigton’s priest, the Reverend Richard Corrie, who alongside his duties as curate also runs a fish and chips shop.

The program is presented by Radio 2 host Reverend Kate Bottley, who loved her time filming in Carlisle.

Reverend Kate Bottley at Carlisle Cathedral “It’s one of the wonderful things about working for Songs of Praise to be able to visit places like Carlisle Cathedral for the first time,” Reverend Bottley said.

‘Carlisle is such a friendly and welcoming place; the cathedral is just beautiful and there are so many dogs!

Carlisle Cathedral celebrated its 900th anniversary throughout 2022 with a series of events including exhibitions, lectures and a visit from the Archbishop of York.

Canon Michael Manley said: “It was wonderful to meet Kate Bottley and her team – it was the icing on the cake of our 900th anniversary celebrations!

And from the serene surroundings of Carlisle Cathedral’s nave, Cumbria’s next feature comes in a slightly ‘warmer’ setting.

On Tuesday September 13, James, from Cumbria, will appear on our screens for the first time as part of the new cohort of budding bakers on ‘The Great British Bake Off’.

James, who is a nuclear scientist, went from cooking pancakes in his mother’s kitchen to appearing on one of the biggest cooking shows on television.

He loves the technical side of baking, but he’s in his element with his “kid-friendly horror” style and “adorable” decorations.

This all leads up to the big occasion on Saturday September 17 when Cumbria’s best Helen Skelton does her highly anticipated Strictly Come Dancing arc.

The pre-recorded show will tell us which professional dancer Helen will be paired with.

Helen Skelton is among the bookmakers’ favorites to win the famous Glitter Ball trophy with the series also featuring singer Fleur East, swimmer Ellie Symonds and actor Will Mellor.

Songs of Praise and Strictly Come Dancing both air on BBC 1 while The Great British Bake Off airs on Channel 4.

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Karl M. Bailey