Edinburgh city centre building taken over by film crew for iconic BBC show

Long-standing programme Songs of Praise has taken over an Edinburgh church to film an upcoming show.

A crew was seen setting up outside Charlotte Chapel on the corner of Shandwick Place and Stafford Street on Monday afternoon.

A huge choir and band are expected to arrive on Tuesday to film a segment. The episode is expected air around July for eager viewers keen to watch.

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After their brief stint in the capital, the crew will be heading up to Crathie Kirk, across the River Dee from Balmoral Castle. The church is most well known for regular visits from the Royal Family when they are in residence in. Aberdeenshire.

One local business on Stafford Street was curious about the filming saying: "I'm not sure what they are doing. I sadly haven't seen and A-Listers, or any Z-listers for that matter!"

Another local was shocked to learn the flagship religious show was not filmed on a Sunday: They said: "So they're filming on a Tuesday afternoon? I assumed it was filmed on the Sunday before!"

Songs of Praise presents Christian hymns in churches from around the UK. It is one of the longest running series of that genre on television anywhere in the world.

The current roster of presenters include Katherine Jenkins and Aled Jones. Past hosts range from Eammon Holmes, Alan Titchmarsh and guest presenters such as Sir Cliff Richard and Ann Widdecombe.

Songs of Praise has filmed in Edinburgh previously including Polwarth Parish Church, St Cuthbert's Church and Canongate Kirk.

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