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BBC launches Easter schedule

08 March 2013

BBC

Exploring mystery: Lord Bragg will consider St Mary Magdalene 

Exploring mystery: Lord Bragg will consider St Mary Magdalene 

THE Archbishop of Canterbury will present his first "Thought for the Day" during BBC Radio 4's Today on Good Friday, the BBC announced last week.

Archbishop Welby will also be interviewed on Songs of Praise on Palm Sunday, by the broadcaster Bill Turnbull. The Archbishop will discuss "the significance of Holy Week", a BBC statement said.

The Easter Day eucharist on Radio 4 will be live from Liverpool Cathedral. The preacher will be the Bishop of Liverpool, the Rt Revd James Jones; the Dean of Liverpool, the Very Revd Dr Pete Wilcox, will be the celebrant.

On the Wednesday of Holy Week, the Rector of St James's, Piccadilly, the Revd Lucy Winkett, will give the final in a series of Lent talks on Radio 4. During Easter Week, the Bishop of London, the Rt Revd Richard Chartres, will present Prayer for the Day.

In The Mystery of Mary Magdalene, broadcast on BBC 1 on Good Friday, Lord Bragg will set out to "unravel the many questions surrounding one of the Bible's most vivid, and to some, controversial figures", the BBC said.

The former Conservative MP Ann Widdecombe will investigate "why Christianity is such ripe material for mocking by comedians" in Is Christianity a Joke? It will be broadcast during Holy Week, although the BBC has not specified which day.

On Easter Day morning, a Church of Scotland communion service will be broadcast live on BBC 1 from Paisley Abbey, which celebrates its 850th anniversary this year. This should be followed by the Urbi et Orbi blessing, live from St Peter's Square in Rome, where the new Pope will give his Easter message.

The BBC's head of religion and ethics, Aaqil Ahmed, said: "Easter is the cornerstone of Christianity, and the programmes across the BBC reflect the beauty and mystery of the season through sacred music, reflection, live worship, and documentaries."

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