The organisation of narrative is quite poor. It's a bit here, a bit there. And the first episode doesn't kick off on the right note. But If you bear with it, you will find shockingly brave message in the end.
First episode is a bit far-fetched. And quite honestly not very well-thought. The Chosen People? (that's the title, the question mark included.) Srsly? I am not saying that the English ppl is a modest bunch but they are more likely to be associated with practicality than piety. Do they think they are special? Possibly. Better than everyone else? Compared to Scots and Welsh and the colonies, yes. But other Europeans? Probably not. Therefore to claim that they firmly believe they are the chosen ones and this confidence somehow translated itself into an urge for global domination couldn't be further off the mark. Let me rephrase this. Even the Americans don't think THEY are. And as the presenter put it, God has left the building a long time ago. In my view, they are ahead because they are super adaptive.
Second episode is a great chronicle of tolerance in society, extending from Christian religions to other religions. Very informative and novel.
Third episode challenges the definition of Englishness. Well, I say challenge, more like demolish. I genuienly feel sorry for the unemployed white blokes sitting at family home in Southeast England watching daytime telly only to find their national identity got stripped. Just call them English whatever the genetic and historical findings for God's sake! They are born there like their fathers before them, and their fathers before them. And if they don't want to emphasise or don't have Scottish or Welsh or Irish ancestry then it's settled that they are English. Also, they conveniently fill the stereotypes everyone else in the world holds for "the English people". It would be confusing And hands up if you thought St. George, the patron saint of England, was English. He's Middle-eastern!
But more shockingly, the presenter proposes an ideal of the ultimate broad church, one that embraces multi-faith services under the same roof. This is a daring proposal. The mere thought of it is courageously visionary.
The three episode discuss English identity from a loosely religion-related perspective. The second and the third episodes are shockingly educational and reflective. Unfortunately, no two episodes can be said to be linked in themes, although in every episode something about the evolvement of CoE is smuggled in. Better stand-alone than series. And it's such a pity that the inconsistency in content spoiled the truly enlightening morale that could change the world.