TV Weekly cover: Roma Downey's "Answered Prayers" on TLC inspires with accounts of real-life miracles

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06 August 2015

TLC, Sundays, 8:00 PM ET

By Kellie Freeze

Actress and producer Roma Downey (“The Bible,” “Son of God,” “Touched by an Angel”) presents an exploration into modern-day miracles in TLC’s inspiring series “Answered Prayers” (airing Sundays).

“It’s like a breath of fresh air,”Downey says. “It’s just a show that celebrates hope, and God knows we always can use some more hope in our lives.”

The series blends emotional interviews and thrilling reenactments with dramatic real footage, and introduces viewers to ordinary people who have experienced circumstances so extreme that their survival can only be described as “miraculous.” When each was faced with inexplicable tragedy or insurmountable odds — from a young boy buried for hours under 11 feet of sand, to a pastor stabbed 37 times, to a family that survived their car plunging into an icy river — prayer and faith became paramount to their survival.

“You see that their prayers were answered, and it could only have been something deeply supernatural that moved in their lives,” says Downey. “Otherwise, it’s just inexplicable.”

Downey says that she takes her role as teller of these tales very seriously.

“It’s amazing what they’ve gone through, and how strong and courageous these families are. We are privileged to be able to share their story, and ultimately to celebrate them — and to celebrate with them.”

Downey reveals that one of the aspects of the series that she is excited to share is the astounding coincidences or, in her words, “divine appointments” that are experienced.

“On ‘Touched by an Angel,’ we used to say that coincidence was God’s way of remaining anonymous,” Downey reveals. “I think we have explored, through ‘Answered Prayers,’ the God in these moments. I think — if we learn anything from this show — it’s just a reminder that we are not alone. That there is a God and he loves us, and he hears us when we cry out to him.”

Downey is proud to present family programming that serves as a beacon of inspiring good news.

“I think you can’t turn on the news and not have your heart broken on a nightly basis,” she laments. “This show presents a reminder that whilst there are awful things happening in the world to good people, there are amazing things happening in the world as well, and that we can’t lose hope.”
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