20 September, 2004 9:37 AM
Friends and I have often joked about pitching a reality tv show to network producers that would be based around churches. We figure in most churches there are enough dramas and scandals to fill in 60 minutes of television every month. Of course we weren't serious - these are the sorts of ideas that come out when group of guys with too much time on their hands get together.
It seems that there must be a similar group of guys are because someone has come up with the idea of Priest Idol.
'Channel 4 will screen a new series which aims to boost a congregation in a parish with poor church attendance.
With the working title Priest Idol, the show will give a vicar 12 months to boost the church's turnout.
Backed by advisors, the vicar will be able to spend an undisclosed sum of money on anything he or she thinks will appeal to parishioners.
Being filmed in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, the three-part series is due to be broadcast at the end of 2005.'