Stacey Dooley is hosting a new series called Inside the Convent because she wants to learn what it feels like to slow down and connect with a deeper, slower, quieter, and more meaningful rhythm.
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Calling the Midwife may be over but soon there will be more conventional activity on BBC1 – as Stacey Dooley moves in with some nuns to discover what their life in the 21st century will be like.
The presenter, in relation to her Seriously come to dance partner Kevin Clifton, is not religious and lives in “the constant busyness of the 21st century”.
But for her new hour-long film, Stacey Dooley – Inside the Convent, she wanted to explore what it’s like to slow down and connect with the rhythms of a deeper, slower, quieter way of living and makes more sense than how.
In the documentary, she was with the Sisters of the Holy Paraclete Anglican Communion, at St Hilda Abbey in Whitby.
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Stacey, 35, engages in a rigorous work schedule and ponders to find out if there are aspects of her lifestyle that she can bring to her own. Along the way, she shares meals and sings with her sisters.
Stacey told us: “I had wanted to film in a convent for a while, so it was a pleasure when the Sisters at St Hilda’s invited us into their home, allowing us to really witness and experience first-hand their way of life.
“I really believe it can be very beneficial, spending time with people you wouldn’t normally want to do. It forces you to look at things from a completely different perspective.”
The TV star, from Luton, said she was “absolutely delighted” with the experience, which will be shown on BBC1 next month.
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