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BBC commissions The Mormons Are Coming


Peggy Pictures has produced a new documentary about 3 young followers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as they head to Chorley.

Chorley in Lancashire is home to the only European training centre to prepare missionaries from America, Europe and Australia for their work in the UK.

The Mormons Are Coming (w/t) will follow 3 of the 53k young people who work as missionaries for the church. The largest full-time missionary force of any church – most are aged between 18 and 25 and can be away from their home for up to 2 years.

At the centre, they are coached in marketing techniques such as using reels and DMs to reach young recruits whilst forsaking most aspects of contemporary life for the strict social restraints of the church.

It’s the first time that the Mormon Church has allowed cameras access to this training centre. The documentary will film their first 3 months of training and work in the field.

“As the realities of missionary life dawns on the new recruits, and with limited contact with their families, the pressure to achieve a baptism mounts,” stated programme-makers.

The 1×60 minute programme was commissioned by the BBC’s Head of Religion & Ethics, Daisy Scalchi, for BBC One.




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