The BBC filmed the Christmas Songs of Praise and the Easter Songs of Praise on the same day, reports the Telegraph.
After filming the Christmas edition, flowers were swapped, lighting boosted and congregation members reportedly asked to shed their winter coats to record the show for the Spring time festival.
I was thinking there might be some scope for a combined festival:
One Bishop has admitted to being in on the act:
the BBC explained to us in advance the cost and difficulty of rigging such large and beautiful cathedrals such as Lichfield.
Something was certainly rigged, and it wasn’t the cathedral.
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Update - Further news reports:
The Sun Online – News: Songs of Praise in trick row
BBC criticised over ‘Songs of Pretence’ | News | This is London
Scotsman.com News – UK – 24 hours after Christmas – it’s Easter
Scotsman.com News – Opinion – Hymns, lies and videotape
Christmas or Easter, it’s all the same to BBC Songs of Praise | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited
‘Cons of Praise’ – or how BBC threw in Easter at Christmas-Comment-Faith-TimesOnline
Daily Express: The World’s Greatest Newspaper :: News / Showbiz :: Cons of Praise
BBC NEWS | Entertainment | BBC defends early Easter filming
Sky News: BBC Faked Easter Show