Mission: Joy – With Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama 11 May 2022: Wednesday on BBC Four

Mission: Joy – With Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama 11 May 2022: Wednesday on BBC Four 11Deeply moving and laugh-out-loud funny, Mission: Joy gives unprecedented access to the friendship of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the late Archbishop Tutu. The self-described ‘mischievous brothers’ were filmed over five days by an award-winning team who captured a friendship built on truth, honesty and, most importantly, joy.

The film goes behind the scenes at the Dalai Lama’s residence in Dharamsala, where Archbishop Tutu and the Dalai Lama recount stories from their lives, both having lived through periods of incredible difficulty.

With genuine affection, mutual respect and a healthy dose of teasing, the two friends impart lessons gleaned from lived experience, ancient traditions and cutting-edge science to show that it is possible to live with joy in the face of all of life’s challenges, from the extraordinary to the mundane. Mission: Joy is an antidote for our times.



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