Week Ahead

20 December 2013


HIGHLIGHT: The Archbishop of Canterbury's New Year Message The Most Revd Justin Welby delivers his first New Year address.

BBC1 12.45pm New Year's Day

RADIO HIGHLIGHT: About the Boys Christopher Gabbitas examines why the voice of the boy treble has fascinated composers and audiences.

Radio 4 11.30am New Year's Eve



Saturday 10pm (C5) The Bible In Jerusalem,Jesus declares he is the Messiah (4/5).

Sunday 10am (BBC1) Fern Britton Meets. . . Christine Ohuruogu describes how herfamily and faith have helped her to succeed (4/4).

4.35pm (BBC1) Big Sing: The UK's top ten carols Guests including Susan Boyle join 5000 singers at the Royal Albert Hall, as Aled Jones reveals the results of a poll.

9pm (C5) The Bible Jesus is crucified, but, three days later, Mary Magdalene finds his tomb empty (5/5).

9pm (BBC4) Timeshift: The Ladybird Books Story: The bugs that got Britain reading An exploration of the children's books from the 1950s.

Christmas Eve 6.15pm (BBC2) Carols from King's Lessons and carols from King's College, Cambridge. (Repeated 11am Christmas Day.)

7pm (C4) 4thought.tv A look at how Christmas is perceived by those who do not celebrate it.

10.15pm (ITV) Christmas Carols on ITV Aled Jones and Russell Watson present carols from St Michael the Archangel, Kirkby Malham, in North Yorkshire.

11.45pm (BBC1) Westminster Abbey: The first eucharist of Christmas The traditional Christmas Eve service, live from the Abbey.

Christmas Day 10am (BBC1) Christmas Day: Live from Westminster Abbey The traditional morning service,

6.15pm (BBC1) Call the Midwife The Christmas special includes an unexploded bomb.

7pm (BBC4) Arena: Sister Wendy and the art of the gospel The Carmelite nun shows how certain paintings connect us to the gospel stories they depict (repeat).

11.20 (BBC1) On Christmas Night Patrice Naiambana reads from St Matthew's Gospel.

Saturday, Sunday, Monday 8pm (BBC4) Royal Institution Christmas Lectures: Life Fantastic Using live experiments, Dr Alison Woollard examines the world of cells. How do people emerge from a single cell into a multi-trillion-celled organism? Howdo they know when to die?


Sunday 5pm (BBC1) Songs of Praise Bill Turnbull meets people who have been publicly honoured for their actions.

7pm (BBC1) Antiques Roadshow Did Fr Jamie buy a lost masterpiece for £400 when he found a "Van Dyck" in a local shop?

Monday 7pm (BBC4) The Code of Life: Great scientists in their own words Profiles of the scientific thinkers involved in the discovery of DNA.

8.30pm (BBC2) Sacred Wonders of Britain Neil Oliver investigates the hallowed sites of ancient Britain (1/3)

New Year's Eve 7pm (BBC4) Sir John Tavener Remembered Tom Service presentsa tribute to the composer who died last month.



Saturday 10.15pm (R4) Whatever Happened to Community? - The Debate Canon Giles Fraser chairs a discussion at St Mary's, Newington, south London.

Sunday 8.10am (R4) Sunday Worship A service from St Martin-in-the-Fields, London.

8.30am (World Service) Heart and Soul The BBC Havana correspondent, Sarah Rainsford, hears how the Roman Catholic Church leadership in Cuba is calling for more political freedoms.

3pm (R3) Choral Evensong A repeat of last week's service from Southwell Minster.

Monday 9.45pm (R3) Belief Joan Bakewell talks to former Lord Chief Justice Harry Woolf (1/5).

Christmas Eve 3pm (R4) A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, live from King's College, Cambridge (repeated Christmas Day, R3, 2pm).

11.30pm (R4) Midnight Mass, live from St Chad's RC Cathedral, Birmingham.

Christmas Day 9am (R4) Christmas Service "Shepherds' Delight", a celebration of the visitors to the stable, from Chester Cathedral.

1pm (Classic FM) The Nation's Favourite Carols

4pm (R4) Thinking Allowed Laurie Taylor explores how festive rituals are construc-ted.

12.15am (R4 FM only) Christmas Meditation Peter Hitchens reflects on Christmas, wondering what it was it all for, and whether it was worth the hassle.

Boxing Day 9am (R4) In Our Time Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Medicidynasty.

Sunday 8.10am (R4) Sunday Worship A service exploring aspects of John Tavener's Christian faith.

New Year's Day 3.30pm (R3) Choral Evensong from St Gabriel's, Pimlico.

Thursday 9am (R4) In Our Time Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Plato's Symposium.

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