Covenanters on BBC?!

23 Nov

*WARNING* Do not watch the show without first reading Stephen Steele’s response to it in order to help you get the facts straight. Apparently it was aired in Scotland 2 weeks ago. (James)

That’s right readers, don’t refresh your pages…the Covenanters are appearing on your screens, Tuesday 24th November, BBC Two, 8pm!

However do not be expecting the likes of Alexander Peden and Richard Cameron to be presenting it. The programme is called ‘A History of Scotland’ and here’s a little preview to wet your appetites…

Neil Oliver continues his journey through Scotland’s past with the story of the Covenanters, whose profound religious beliefs were declared in the National Covenant of 1638. This document licensed revolution, started the Civil War that cost King Charles I his head, cost tens of thousands of Scots their lives and led to Britain’s first war on terror.

However, we should note that it doesn’t paint the Covenanters in the best light, quite a bit of subjective language is used to describe them.

But it should make for good viewing, however if you’re out tomorrow night (on a date, washing your hair, cutting the grass…the usual excuses…) you can use the catch up service on iPlayer! :D


6 Responses to “Covenanters on BBC?!”

  1. Steelo November 24, 2009 at 1:53 am #

    “We utterly detest and abhor that hellish principle of killing all who differ in judgement or persuasion from us” (The Covenanters, 1684).

    More here:

  2. James November 24, 2009 at 10:30 am #

    That is an epic historical schooling Stephen. Thank you.

    And thanks for bringing the programme to our attention Ali.

    P.S. Anyone else think Steelo should start a blog or something! ;)

  3. Joel L November 25, 2009 at 5:39 pm #

    Shall we sing = number 1

  4. Steelo November 28, 2009 at 9:57 am #


    Tho I did fully laugh out loud at the Modblog offering to sell James! :D

  5. Ronald Ireland December 1, 2009 at 3:16 pm #

    There is much more to the Scottish Covenanters than just Richard Cameron and Alexander (Sandy) Peden – “Peden the Prophet”. You can read the whole history of the Covenanters and how they developed in my new book “The Bloody Covenant”, which is to be published byThe History Press on i1 March 2010

  6. Graham Stephen July 26, 2010 at 4:34 pm #

    Might be of interest from a historical perspective:

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