We are delighted to announce that Durham Cathedral will be featured in a new BBC One documentary series, titled ‘A Very Country Christmas’ which will air over the festive period.

The series marks Advent and follows presenters Ellie Harrison and Angellica Bell who travel to the North East, the South West and Scotland to learn how each region prepares for Christmas in their own unique way.

Durham Cathedral features in episode 2 of the series which centres around our unique mining nativity scene, which was carved by retired Durham miner Michael Doyle between 1975 and 1976, and has been positioned in the church over Advent ever since.

In the episode, the Very Reverend Andrew Tremlett Dean of Durham talks to Angelica Bell about the choice to replace the traditional nativity figures with mining figures, as a nod to the regions rich mining heritage. As part of the episode, the BBC filmed at Redhills, the home of the Durham Miners Association, which has long been committed to supporting people of the Durham coalfield. They spoke to Ross Forbes, Durham Miners’ Association programme director, and were treated to festive carols from the Durham Miners Association brass band.

A Very Country Christmas will be broadcast on 13 December on BBC One at 10.30 am, and you’ll also be able to catch-up on the episode on BBC iPlayer afterwards.

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