Bishop of Ripon, Dr Helen-Ann Hartley joins a Radio 4 panel next week to discuss the importance of the colour purple.
She will be discussing its significance on Beyond Belief on Monday, December 17 at 4.30pm.
Associated since antiquity with nobility, luxury and power the colour purple is also deeply connected with mystery, magic and spiritual ideals.
Originally created from the desiccated glands of sea snails, the process of making the dye was long, difficult and expensive and therefore purple was seen as exclusive, elitist and other worldly.
Joining Ernie Rea in this edition of Beyond Belief to discuss the colour purple and how it is used in society and religion, are Bishop Helen-Ann, the artist and colour expert Nicola Green and British classicist and art historian Professor Robin Cormac.