Factual Specials

Commando Chaplains

The last place you might expect to find a chaplain is on the frontline with the Royal Marines, dodging bullets in Afghanistan. But chaplains have served in the British Armed forces since the Middle Ages. And today their role is more important, and controversial, then ever before.

As religion is dragged into the conflict, by the rhetoric of jihad and crusade, the military chaplain is increasingly coming under the spot-light. But behind the scenes their job is a vital one: administering to the wounded, listening to the fearful, and offering spiritual guidance in the heart of war.

This programme follows two Royal Marine chaplains as they travel around ‘their parish’ in Afghanistan, bringing faith and human comfort to the frontline.

Broadcaster:Channel 4
Genre:Factual Specials
Format:1 x 60 min
Production year:2009
Executive Producer:Julian Ware
Directed by:Claudio von Planta