"it would have been lauded as an intellectual partnership"by Annabelle Chapman / February 16, 2016 / Leave a comment
The BBC’s post-Valentine’s Day lineup has an unlikely hero: the late Pope John Paul II. The Secret Letters of Pope John Paul II, presented by veteran broadcaster and practicing Catholic Edward Stourton, probes John Paul II’s thirty-year friendship with a married woman. The BBC has trodden carefully, aware of the delicate subject matter. As it states on its website, almost as a disclaimer, the programme does not suggest that the relationship became physical.
The BBC caused a stir in Poland recently with an episode of Newsnight on whether the country is being “Putinised” by its new right-wing government, which has been criticised for its changes to the public media and constitutional tribunal. The Foreign Ministry responded with a seven-point letter of criticism, from the opening shots of the dark streets of Warsaw to alleged lack of context.
The Secret Letters is unlikely to shock. The programme treats its two lead figures with respect, while taking the feelings imbued in…