23 Nov 2012
BBC Two is to screen a major three-part documentary series showing life behind the scenes at Westminster Abbey. Programme-makers have spent a year filming at the Abbey for the three part series, which begins at 9pm on Friday 7 December and continues weekly.
Each hour-long episode will focus on aspects of the Abbey’s daily life, including all major services and the preparations made for them. Abbey staff have been interviewed about their work, and the Dean and Chapter explain their role.
Westminster Abbey is an internationally iconic building, and welcomes over one million visitors every year who want to explore this wonderful 700-year-old building. Thousands more come to worship at daily services.
This is not the first time that the Abbey has been the subject of a television series. A three-part documentary called The Abbey was broadcast by the BBC in 1995. In 2010, Channel Four explored the story of the Abbey's mosaic floor, the Cosmati pavement, being uncovered for the first time in 100 years.