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I Can Review 1 and Remembrance 2016


I Can Review 1


Television watching


Three questions to think and talk about.

1. What’s your earliest and/or your best TV memory?
2. What’s your favourite TV show today and why?
3. How do you watch TV? Live or through catch-up? On your own or with others? Etc.


The top ten most watched shows in the 80 years of regular TV are (not counting Royal events or live sports):

1. Only Fools and Horses (BBC1, 29 December 1996): 24.35 million

2. To The Manor Born (BBC1, 11 November 1979): 23.95 million

3. The Royal Variety Performance (ITV, 29 November 1967): 22.80 million

4. Panorama, Interview with Princess Diana (BBC1, 20 November 1995): 22.77m

5. The Royal Variety Performance (ITV, 14 November 1965): 21.70 million

6. Dallas (BBC1, 22 November 1980): 21.60 million

7. To The Manor Born (BBC1, 9 November 1980): 21.55 million

8. The Mike Yarwood Christmas Show (BBC1, 25 December 1977): 21.40 million

= Coronation Street (ITV, 2 January 1985): 21.40 million

10. Only Fools and Horses (BBC1, 25 December 2001): 21.35 million



To compare, the recent final of Bake Off got 14m viewers. 80 years ago, there was 1 TV channel, 30 years ago there 4, now there are over 300. It’s a hard job to be a TV reviewer today.

You will be asked soon to reflect on the memorable moments of your life so far. What would those be? Why? If you were able to do some things again and do them differently, what would that look like?

Jesus, in Luke 12, says, 


Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.


God takes the time to keep up with how many hairs we have — now that’s a God of detail! God loves us as we are but also wants us to review ourselves and to make changes. Just like sometimes the TV makes us think about our lives, reading the Bible and praying with an open mind can reveal some great truths.


Lord, in every way may our lives become more like yours.

Here’s a Lecrae song about great change:





Remembrance 2016 


Bristol cenotaph RSA

By Rob Brewer from Bristol, England (Cenotaph) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Remembrance Day is about an opportunity to review. To review the horror of war, to remember those in every nation who have lost their lives or been disabled in the service of their country, to think about civilians who have been directly and indirectly affected and to be determined that the present and the future will be more peaceful. We especially mark this at 11am on the eleventh day of the eleventh month (this coming Friday) and on the Sunday nearest that day (Sunday 13 November 2016).

This year the Royal British Legion is asking us to review our ideas about remembrance, to ‘rethink remembrance’.

For many people, Remembrance is associated with the fallen of the First and Second World Wars. While we will always remember them, the Legion wants to raise awareness of a new generation of veterans and Service personnel that need peoples’ support.

To support this, there are four short films below. It would be good to watch, say, one a day, leading up to Friday. There's a playlist selector in the top left. No. 1 might be painful for some students, so I would use the others first.



God, we commit ourselves to work
in penitence and faith
for reconciliation between the nations,
that all people may, together,
live in freedom, justice and peace.

We pray for all who in bereavement, disability
and pain continue to suffer the consequences
of fighting and terror.

We remember with thanksgiving and sorrow
those whose lives, in world wars and conflicts
past and present,
have been given and taken away.