Dolly, Tony & Tutu on faith

Wisdom (and a good TV rating) happens when diverse people are brought together to discuss faith and religious belief. Coming up on the BBC will be a wonderful, and surprising lineup: Dolly Parton, Tony Blair and Desmond Tutu who will discuss their religious beliefs.

Dolly Parton, Tony Blair and Desmond Tutu to discuss religious beliefs on BBC

Sheila Hancock will also feature in interviews with Fern Britton

From The Guardian (UK)

Even though his modus operandi is acknowledged to be fairly unfathomable at the best of times, few could have predicted that the almighty would recruit a trio as unlikely as Tony Blair, Dolly Parton and Archbishop Desmond Tutu to explain the importance of faith.

The former prime minister, country music legend and Nobel peace laureate will appear on a new BBC programme in the run-up to Christmas to discuss their beliefs with Fern Britton.

Blair, who left the Anglican church to become a Catholic two years ago, talks about his conversion and his decision to set up a faith foundation to get people from different religions working together.

Parton, meanwhile, reveals how she manages to balance her religion with her famously pneumatic image. The singer, best known for her songs Jolene and I Will Always Love You, feels she has disproved her Tennessee preacher grandfather’s adage that “a dancing foot and a praying knee don’t fit on the same leg”.

Archbishop Tutu, who describes a life spent as “a prisoner of hope”, jokingly confesses that he would like to ask God: “Whose side are you on?”

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