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Fortnight ahead

HIGHLIGHT: Dispatches: Undercover mosque An investigation of racial and religious intolerance as an undercover reporter observes the preaching of extremism in UK mosques.

More4 Wednesday 2 January 10pm

TELEVISION: Saturday 7pm (Nat Geographic) Knights Templar: Warriors of God An investigation into the medieval order of monks.

Sunday 11am (Five) St Martin-in-the-Fields Members of the church lead a pilgrimage to Canterbury (2/3).

5.40pm (BBC1) Songs of Praise Candlelit carols from Hereford Cathedral.

Christmas Eve 5.30pm (BBC2) Carols from Kings The televised version of a service from King’s College, Cambridge.

7.15pm Royal Institution Christmas Lectures Dr Hugh Montgomery explores the subject of human durability (1/5).

11.15pm (ITV1) Little Town of Bethlehem A look at how Bethlehem’s Christians will experience the festive period.

11.35pm (BBC1) Christmas in Worcester A live service from Worcester Cathedral.

Christmas Day 10.20pm (BBC1) Christmas in Worcester A eucharist from Worcester Cathedral.

8.30pm (C4) The Hidden Story of Jesus Why there are so many versions of the Christ story across the world?

Thursday 8pm (BBC2) Carluccio and the Renaissance Cookbook A look at the 16th-century chef Bartolomeo Scappi, who cooked for popes and emperors before publishing a book, aged 70.

Sunday 9.15am (BBC1) The Big Questions Discussions on moral and religious issues with a panel that includes Mia Farrow and Diane Abbott MP.

11am (Five) St Martin-in-the-Fields How the church is preparing for the future while preserving its past (3/3).

4.50pm (BBC1) Songs of Praise Rosemary Conley and Andy Hawthorn talk to Pam Rhodes about the environment.

7pm (BBC4) Masterpieces of Vienna A documentary about Sigmund Freud’s revolution in thought (2/3).

New Year’s Eve 8.30pm (BBC2) and New Year’s Day 12 noon (BBC1) The Archbishop of Canterbury’s New Year Message Dr Rowan Williams reflects on the year’s events.

New Year’s Day 9am (Five) O Thou Transcendent: The life of Ralph Vaughan Williams A profile of the most important British composer of his generation.

HIGHLIGHT: Belief Joan Bakewell talks to public figures about what they believe, and why. Guests include the Dean of Salisbury and Lady Warnock.

Radio 3 Boxing Day, Thursday, Friday, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Thursday, Friday 9.45pm

RADIO: Sunday 6.05am and 11.30pm (R4) Something Understood examines the Christmas traditions of giving and receiving.

7.10am (R4) Sunday The Archbishop of York considers issues of exclusion in Britain.

8.10am (R4) Sunday Worship An Advent service from Methodist College, Belfast.

4pm (R3) Choral Evensong live from Birmingham Cathedral.

6.30pm (R3) The Choir The culmination of the year-long “Sing to the Nation” feature.

8.30pm (R2) Sunday Half-Hour Carols from Chester Cathedral.

9pm (Classic FM) The Great Composers at Christmas John Suchet discovers how the listeners’ favourite composers spent their Christmases.

Christmas Eve 9.45am (R4, LW only) Daily Service A meditation for Christmas Eve led by the Revd Stephen Shipley.

3pm (R4) A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols live from the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge.

11.30pm-1am (R4) Midnight Mass Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor celebrates the first mass of Christmas. Live from Westminster Cathedral.

Christmas Day 9am (R4) Christmas Service from Wesley’s Chapel, London.

6pm (Classic FM) Story of Carols Anne-Marie Minhall reveals the stories behind some carols.

12.15am (R4) Christmas Meditation “The hopes and fears of all the years”. With the former Bishop of Oxford, Lord Harries.

Boxing Day 8pm (R4) Reality Check A debate on whether the current system of admission to secondary schools is fair (1/3).

Thursday 8pm (R4) The Cannabis Trade Winifred Robinson examines the supply of the drug to the young (2/2).

Saturday 3 9pm (R3) World Routes in Amman The Iraqi singer and songwriter Ilham Al-Madfai performs, and talks about his love for Baghdad.

Sunday 8.10am (R4) Sunday Worship The Revd Dr Ian Bradley looks at carols as an expression of faith.

4pm (R3) Choral Evensong from St Thomas’s, Fifth Avenue, New York.

8.30pm (R2) Sunday Half-Hour Brian D’Arcy looks forward to the New Year.

10.15pm (R3) Sunday Feature: Oscar in America Oscar Wilde’s year-long tour of the United States is discussed by guests including Wilde’s grandson, Merlin Holland.

New Year’s Eve 8pm (R4) The Things We Forgot to Remember Michael Portillo asks why last year’s 300th anniversary of the union of England and Scotland was virtually forgotten (2/4).

New Year’s Day 7pm (Classic FM) The Friendly Guide to Vaughan Williams John Suchet examines the life of the composer.

8pm (R4) Where’s the Femur? Clare English looks at possible threats to the future of healthcare in Britain.

Wednesday 1.30pm (R4) Off the Page A discussion of the challenges of modern fatherhood (5/6).

8pm (R4) Reality Check A panel discusses the rights of crime victims, and whether they should be involved in dispensing justice (2/3).

Thursday 4.30pm (R4) The Material World Scientists debate whether science will be able to rescue our planet.

9pm (R4) Costing the Earth Miriam O’Reilly meets a man who believes that only through individuals changing their lives can the world have a sustainable future (1/6).

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