In May of last year, an episode of BBC2’s religious "reality" series The Monastery beat ITV’s Celebrity Love Island in the ratings. Having pushed the boundaries with food, sex, and sport, it was only a matter of time before producers gave faith the reality treatment as well.
The Convent, which begins on BBC2 next month, follows four women from different walks of life as they spend six weeks with a closed community of nuns. It’s an approach that appeals to society’s obsession with the make-over; instead of plastic surgery and home improvements we’re being sold the possibility of spiritual transformation.
The Monastery was reported to be very good and that it greatly affected the life of the four participants including one man who is now a former sex film actor. It will be interesting to hear if the same happens with the new series. You can easily guess that it will take place in a more traditional convent. T.V. shows and movies always know what traditional is suppose to look like.