Reverse Missionaries starts tonight on BBC2 at 9pm. Following three young Christian missionaries from Malawi, India and Jamaica as they travel to different parts of Britain, in a new three-part series.

Reversing the paths taken by three 19th-century British missionaries who exported Christianity around the world, they arrive in 21st-century Britain to discover the historical roots of their faith and pursue their own missionary agenda in the UK.

While they stay in Britain the modern-day missionaries engage in their own missionary work. But as the visitors learn more about life in an increasingly secular Britain they have to contemplate some of the social issues that the church grapples with today.

In tonight episode Jamaican Baptist Pastor Franklin Small is on his way to King’s Stanley, a village in the Cotswolds. It is home to the oldest baptist church in Gloucestershire, which is now threatened with closure. It was also home to Thomas Burchell, a missionary at the vanguard of the anti-slavery movement in the Caribbean.

Pastor Franklin tries to bring some of his energetic Jamaican preaching style to the Cotswold community – but in the face of apathy, can he succeed in encouraging locals to embrace faith and take an interest in their church?

Inspired by the life of his hero, Franklin also undertakes a fascinating historical journey, meeting Burchell’s great, great, great grandson and paying his respects on the spot that he was baptised over 200 years ago.

Three part series starts tonight and is produced by TwentyTwenty.

  • Very good program. Pastor Franklin Small sure has a bright outlook on life. It would be nice to have faith in Jesus but difficult when you plainly do not believe to begind with. However, I would suggest that repecting others religion is as important as it is that we are all the same and should help each other.
    I know little to nothing about Thomas Burchell other than what I heard in this show but it is clear he was a man willing to die for his beliefs and was a human being ready to give hope and time ot others – just as Pastor Franklin did in this show.
    It would be good to think that Thomas Burchell’s grave could be maintained as a sign of respect to the man and for the peace of mind of our Jamaican brothers and sister who think so highly of him.

    Let’s hope there are some human beings out there able to do this

  • What a great first programme, a real inspiration to those of us in full time evangelical work.
    Great to see some good t.v on a Friday evening, every blessing, John.

  • i have watched this .reverse/missionaries/programe .and enjoyed it tremendously ,however it seems a tragedy that a man of thomas
    ,burchells.status,should be so ignored that little or no recognition of his life or strugle.with the freedom /slavery,and his minstry.be recorded in the community.he was born in to in the cotswolds,and his grave be so neglected,cemetry london how can this be .wheres.the.baptists/uk/what/respect.for there founding /fathers is this??

  • Saw reverse missionaries last night at a friends house and thought it was a really well made and informative programme . very moving and shows what a true missionary can do anywhere. enjoyed the histoy and look forward to next part.