Sky, The BBC and ITV have agreed on the rules governing the format of a TV debate which seeks to determine the single true religion for the human race over the next millennium.
The Pope, the Dalai Lama and Dr Muhammed Bari of the Muslim Council of Britain will come face to face on three occasions to answer questions from audiences. The networks have also agreed on topics to underpin the debates, which are set as matters of faith and morality, authority and ministry in the third millennia and why, irrespective of their spiritual convictions, they still wear dresses.
The BBC will utilise the tried and trusted Question Time format, with Jeremy Paxman the bookmakers favourite as choice of the Chair, while Sky has opted for a more American-style adverserial set up, meaning minimal input from the pre-approved audience.
The choice of a Jeremy Kyle debate from ITV entitled "My God's better than your God, and you know it", has surprised many, but is staunchly defended by the Broadcaster as making the debate accessible to the seven or eight people still watching the channel.
Graham Red-Leicester from the Barnsley School of Theology, Divinity and Bricklaying, welcomes the debate. "It really is about time they cleared this up, with the popular view being one of increasing intolerance, violence and sexual perversion, ITV should have a chance to defend itself by putting something else on."