Posted by: Philip Carr-Gomm | February 22, 2013

Pagans And Pilgrims: Britain’s Holiest Places


A great new series is coming up on the Beeb. More about it later, meanwhile here is the BBC’s announcement:

Presenter and Welsh poet Ifor ap Glyn explores the wealth of Britain’s extraordinary holy places on a pilgrimage that spans almost 2,000 years of history.

Travelling across the breadth of the UK, Ifor will uncover the stories and rich history behind many of our most famous sites, explaining the myths and legends of some of Britain’s most sacred places.

Over six half-hour episodes, Ifor will visit crumbling ruins, tranquil healing pools, sacred caves, island refuges, towering mountain hideaways and ancient shrines to find out what these historical sites tell us about who we are today. From the divine to the unexpected, the series uncovers Britain’s extraordinary variety of inspirational, surprising and half-forgotten holy places, and brings to life our spiritual history.

In the first episode, Ifor explores why ruins are among the best-preserved and most-loved holy sites in Britain. He’ll take in the famous ruins of St Andrews Cathedral, the mystical atmosphere of Wales’ best-preserved Roman site, the battered remains of Coventry’s iconic cathedral and the Gothic majesty of North Yorkshire’s Whitby Abbey – the inspiration behind Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Along the way, he’ll ask why we’re drawn to holy ruins long after their religious use is over. Is it just nostalgia or something much deeper that fuels our obsession and enduring fascination with the decaying grandeur of a ruin?

6 episodes starting  Thursday 7 March  8.30-9.00pm  BBC FOUR


  1. Does anyone know when these might be shown in the US? Can’t find anything so far …

    • Often, after the BBC presents a program in the UK, someone will upload the show(s) in a “torrent” file where it can be downloaded in the States. I will most certainly be keeping an eye open for this and will let you know if I see it being posted.

      • Oh, that would be terrific, greemanharper, thank you SO much! I’ll spread the word after you let me know.

  2. This is a site I use to get TV torrents.

    It seems to have quite a lot of BBC stuff on it.

    • Thank you! Now if I can just find my way around the site … Doesn’t look like Pagans & Pilgrims is there yet …

  3. That website is good, but, it’s not that good that it can travel into the future and get TV’s shows that are yet to be shown :-)…..This series doesn’t start until Thursday 7th March :-)

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