All eyes will be on St German’s Cathedral, Peel, on Saturday when the BBC show Songs of Praise will be filmed.
Tickets for the programme recordings have all gone with the BBC reporting a huge demand across the island.
The cathedral will feature in a series of programmes looking at community and Christian life in the British Isles as well as people and religion in the community.
This is the third time the programme has been filmed in Peel. During the first visit they filmed at the cathedral in the late 1980s, and when they returned in 1997 the show was filmed at Peel Castle.
Dean Nigel Godfrey added: ‘Having spent hours doing the major clearing of the building in readiness for the BBC crew to come in on Thursday, it was a pleasure to sit and hear the island’s choirs learning and rehearsing the music on Monday evening.
‘Dozens had come from all over the island and there’s a wide range of ages involved, which is great to see.
‘With the church and hall given over this weekend to making the programmes, we will have our Sunday morning worship in the Corrin Hall, and a quiet van in the cathedral grounds which will be a designated place of prayer for these few days.’
Peel commissioners chairman Ray Harmer said: ‘It should be very exciting. It is quite a privilege for it to happen in Peel. It is great for the town and it puts Peel on the map. Also, everybody will get a chance to see how wonderful the cathedral is.’
Bryony Grant, 20, from Port St Mary, will be in the choir and is excited about the prospect: ‘I was at Monday’s rehearsal and it was really good. There were about 200 of us, so a lot of people.
‘We sang some old classics and some new material with the musical director which was really interesting.
‘It’s going to be from 12.30pm until 10pm on Saturday so it will be a long day, but it will be a lot of fun.’