The Voice Of God

In a remote region of Australia, Seismologist, Sam Rideout and her outback guide Joshua Patamerri are tracking the epicentre of an abnormal amount of Earthquakes and find themselves being taken into a top secret facility researching the use of infrasound as a weapon run by the Bristish Army.

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The Rev. Richard Coles Richard explores the various ways that the way God speaks is depicted in literature, the theatre and film and what this reveals about our ideas of the deity. Coles is a priest, a broadcaster and was a pop star. Who better, then, to explore the different ways that the way God speaks is depicted within literature, theatre and film, and within sacred texts?

In the 'Book of Kings' the prophet Elijah is wrung by earthquake, wind, fire and thunder, but God is in not in any of these. It is in the silence following that Elijah hears God in a 'still, small voice'. In Britain Quakers have been listening for God in silence since the 1650s. This hasn't been how artists usually imagine the Almighty communicating. In the theatre and cinema God tends more to the Brian Blessed - or Brian Glover, pronouncing from on high, in the earthy demotic of Yorkshire, atop a fork-lift truck in a famous production of 'The Mysteries' at the National Theatre. With the cinema historian Matthew Sweet Richard explores the variety of divine utterance as depicted in popular culture.

Muslims believe Allah spoke to Mohammed in Arabic via the angel Gabriel. One of his earliest followers was convinced of the truth of Islam by the language - it was so beautiful it had to be true. At Pentecost the Holy Spirit spoke through the Christian disciples, yet every listener heard their own language. Jahweh spoke to certain Jews, but they could never utter his name.

Richard Coles talks to Rowan Williams, who was the Archbishop of Canterbury when this programme was made, the Chief Rabbi, Jonathan Sacks and the Muslim commentator, Mohammed Ansar, exploring their their faiths', and their personal experiences of the voice of the creator.

Producer: Julian May

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Richard Coles is a priest, a broadcaster and was a pop star. Who better to explore the different ways that the way God speaks is depicted within literature, theatre, music and film, and within sacred texts?

In the 'Book of Kings' the prophet Elijah is wrung by earthquake, wind, fire and thunder, but God is in not in any of these. It is in the silence following that Elijah hears God in a 'still, small voice'. In Britain Quakers have been listening for God in silence since the 1650s. This hasn't been how artists usually imagine the Almighty communicating. In the theatre and cinema God tends more to the Brian Blessed - or Brian Glover, pronouncing from on high, in the earthy demotic of Yorkshire, atop a fork-lift truck in a famous production of 'The Mysteries' at the National Theatre. In the great religious choral works God speaks through the chorus, in Haydn's 'Creation'; a gentle tenor in 'Messiah'; and in Bach's 'Passion' not at all. But Is God's voice ever manifest in a woman?

As well as considering the different voices of God in the art of the past, Richard Coles seeks the experience of other faiths. Muslims believe Allah spoke to Mohammed in Arabic via the angel Gabriel. One of his earliest followers was convinced of the truth of Islam by the language - it was so beautiful it had to be true. At Pentecost the Holy Spirit spoke through the Christian disciples, yet every listener heard their own language. Jahweh spoke to certain Jews, but they could never utter his name.

Richard speaks to people of different beliefs, and to contemporary artists including comedy writers, for whom there are rich pickings in putting the words of God in the mouths of mere mortals - about their approach, how they recreate the voice of the creator.

Producer: Julian May.

01Fields Of Thunder

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In a remote region of Australia, Seismologist, Sam Rideout and her outback guide Joshua Patamerri are tracking the epicentre of an abnormal amount of Earthquakes and find themselves being taken into a top secret facility researching the use of infrasound as a weapon run by the Bristish Army.

Earthquakes rock Australia.

Seismologist Sam investigates - and uncovers a nightmare.

Stars Clare Corbett and Matthew Dyktynski.

With Clare Corbett and Matthew Dyktynski.

A series of quakes rocks Australia.

When Sam Rideout investigates, she stumbles into a nightmare of biblical proportions.

Sam Rideout investigates a series of earthquakes in Australia.

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In a remote region of Australia, Seismologist, Sam Rideout and her outback guide Joshua Patamerri are tracking the epicentre of an abnormal amount of Earthquakes and find themselves being taken into a top secret facility researching the use of infrasound as a weapon run by the Bristish Army.

Earthquakes rock Australia. Seismologist Sam investigates, and uncovers a nightmare.

Earthquakes rock Australia. Seismologist Sam investigates, and uncovers a nightmare. Stars Clare Corbett and Matthew Dyktynski.

Earthquakes rock Australia.

Seismologist Sam investigates - and uncovers a nightmare.

Stars Clare Corbett and Matthew Dyktynski.

With Clare Corbett and Matthew Dyktynski.

A series of quakes rocks Australia.

When Sam Rideout investigates, she stumbles into a nightmare of biblical proportions.

Sam Rideout investigates a series of earthquakes in Australia.

02Silent Roar

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The colonel persuades Sam and Joshua to help him in his deadly infrasound project.

The colonel persuades Sam and Joshua to help him in his deadly infrasound project. Stars Clare Corbett and Matthew Dyktynski.

Stars Clare Corbett and Matthew Dyktynski.

The enigmatic Colonel Walker persuades Sam and Joshua to help him in his deadly project.

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The Colonel persuades Sam and Joshua to help him in his deadly infrasound project.

Stars Clare Corbett and Matthew Dyktynski.

The enigmatic Colonel Walker persuades Sam and Joshua to help him in his deadly project.

03Dreamtime Is Over

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What is being built out in a remote Australian desert? And what havoc will it wreak?

What is being built out in a remote Australian desert? And what havoc will it wreak? Stars Clare Corbett and Matthew Dyktynski.

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What is being built out in the desert? And what havoc will it wreak? With Clare Corbett.

What is being built out in a remote Australian desert? And what havoc will it wreak? Stars Clare Corbett and Matthew Dyktynski.

What is being built out in the desert? And what havoc will it wreak? Simon Bovey drama with Clare Corbett and Matthew Dyktynski.

04Blowback

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Nick battles to find the person responsible for his lover Belinda's death. Stars Clare Corbett and Matthew Dyktynski.

Nick battles to find the person responsible for his lover Belinda's death.

Stars Clare Corbett and Matthew Dyktynski.

In Simon Bovey's thriller, will the person responsible for Belinda's death be revealed?

In Simon Bovey's sci-fi thriller, will the person responsible for Belinda's death be revealed? Starring Matthew Dyktynski.

Southern Australia has been devastated by an earthquake, and there is a spy on the base.

Southern Australia has been devastated by an earthquake, and now Sam and Joshua have discovered that there is a spy on the base.

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Nick battles to find the person responsible for his lover Belinda's death.

Stars Clare Corbett and Matthew Dyktynski.

In Simon Bovey's thriller, will the person responsible for Belinda's death be revealed?

In Simon Bovey's sci-fi thriller, will the person responsible for Belinda's death be revealed? Starring Matthew Dyktynski.

Southern Australia has been devastated by an earthquake, and there is a spy on the base.

Southern Australia has been devastated by an earthquake, and now Sam and Joshua have discovered that there is a spy on the base.

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The Colonel plans to fire the sonic weapon and risk a global catastrophe.

Stars Clare Corbett and Matthew Dyktynski.

Walker plans to fire the Voice at Pine Gap, risking a global catastrophe.

Sam, Joshua and Nick are locked in the brig.

And Sam, Joshua and Nick are locked in the brig.

The Colonel plans to fire the sonic weapon and risk a global catastrophe in Simon Bovey's sci-fi thriller.

With Clare Corbett.

The colonel plans to fire the sonic weapon and risk a global catastrophe. Stars Clare Corbett and Matthew Dyktynski.

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The Colonel plans to fire the sonic weapon and risk a global catastrophe.

Stars Clare Corbett and Matthew Dyktynski.

Walker plans to fire the Voice at Pine Gap, risking a global catastrophe.

Sam, Joshua and Nick are locked in the brig.

And Sam, Joshua and Nick are locked in the brig.

The Colonel plans to fire the sonic weapon and risk a global catastrophe in Simon Bovey's sci-fi thriller.

With Clare Corbett.