A BBC Radio series from the early 1980s is to be re-broadcast by Premier Christian Radio.
It is understood to be the first time a Radio 4 programme has been commercially licensed for broadcasting by another radio station.
‘Priestland’s Progress’ was originally presented in 1981 by the late BBC religious affairs correspondent Gerald Priestland as a “plain man’s guide to the Christian faith”. It will be presented by Premier over thirteen weeks from October 4th through to Christmas.
The agreement with Premier, Britain’s largest Christian broadcaster, is the latest deal between commercial radio and the BBC to broadcast material from the BBC archives.
Peter Kerridge, Premier’s CEO, said; “We are delighted to revive this landmark series on Premier Christian Radio for a new generation of listeners. Gerald Priestland was a giant of a man and a highly gifted broadcaster who had the knack of presenting complicated thoughts in an easy-to-understand way.
“’Priestland’s Progress’ is a fantastic series of programmes and we hope our audience will respond and react through social media in the same way the 1980’s audience bombarded the BBC with letters.”
Gerald Priestland had no qualifications in theology but was driven by an intense curiosity about religion. The series takes him on a journey to examine the nature of Christianity and Christian beliefs.
He interviewed more than 100 people in the making of ‘Priestland’s Progress’ and the programmes cover a broad spectrum of topics including who Jesus was, the nature of sin, the relationship of Christianity with other faiths, what happens after death, and what religion, prayer and worship are all about.
The first in the ‘Priestland’s Progress’ series will be broadcast at 1-00pm on Saturday, October 4th 2014, and will run for 13 weeks through to Christmas.