Radio 4 presenter Roger Bolton has produced two series for Premier Christian Radio with the Archbishop of Westminster.
The first of the programmes, Holy Places, will be broadcast on Easter Sunday April 20th at 7pm.
In each of six half hour features, Roger takes a special guest on a physical journey to a place which is holy for them, and explores their own spiritual journey as Christians.
His first interview subject – the Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols – chose a dungeon in the Tower of London as his ‘holy place’ for Sunday’s programme and explains why Sir Thomas More went “merrily” to his execution after his prolonged imprisonment. The Archbishop also reveals his childhood ambition to be a bus driver and his life-long loyalty to Liverpool Football Club.
Roger also interviews Premier’s own Pam Rhodes, The Reverend Martyn Percy, Ann Widdecombe, the Reverend Richard Coles, and the Reverend Steve Chalke for the series.
“Steve Chalke talks about his Asian father and failing to get even one O-Level but ending up running an organisation responsible for 33 schools,” says Roger. “While Martyn Percy, the only theologian mentioned in Dan Brown’s ‘The Da Vinci Code’, tells us about the nuns who sold their home to fund his chapel.”
“The programmes are about discovering what holiness is and whether there may be places where we can be closer to God,” says Roger who began his broadcasting career in 1967 when he joined the BBC as a general trainee.
He went on to become Editor of the BBC’s Panorama, Tonight, and Nationwide programmes. When Thames lost its franchise in 1992, he formed Roger Bolton Productions specialising in television programmes on religion and current affairs. The company produced BBC One’s long-running series Heart of the Matter, presented by Joan Bakewell, from 1994 to 1997, and made all Channel 5’s religious programmes in its first five years.
Roger Bolton, who is a Premier trustee, also presented BBC Radio 4’s flagship religious news and current affairs programme Sunday from 1998 until 2010. He is now chairman of Flame TV.
His second series for Premier Christian Radio is called Reputations – a series of discussion programmes which will focus on six prominent figures in the Church and will air later this year.