Spencer’s Cookham painting launches Bragg series

Faith In The Frame, a new 10 part series for ITV1, is being launched with a programme devoted to Stanley Spencer’s painting The Resurrection in Cookham Churchyard.

The first programme goes out on Sunday evening 31 August and sees Melvyn Bragg chair a 30 minute discussion with novelist Howard Jacobson, art expert Tim Marlow and former Bishop of Oxford Richard Harries who had Cookham in his diocese.

The painting, completed after three years of work in 1927, shows part of the churchyard through which the Thames Path now runs. Included is the kissing-gate leading back to the towpath.

It is interesting that a work by a Cookham resident, who loved the river, ranks in this series alongside paintings by Bosch, Chagall, Botticelli and Bruegal.

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