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Week ahead

17 April 2014


HIGHLIGHT: Good Morning Sunday Clare Balding presents live from the Huguenot chapel in the crypt of Canterbury Cathedral. Her guests include the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Radio 2 7am Easter Day


Good Friday 12 noon (BBC1) The Great North Passion Fern Britton presents a community retelling of the Passion story from the seafront at South Shields.

1pm (BBC2) King of Kings The Hollywood epic starring Jeffrey Hunter.

7pm (BBC4) Sacred Music: The story of Allegri's Miserere Simon Russell Beale explores the choral work's history (repeat).

Saturday 5.45pm (BBC2) Easter from King's Music and readings from King's College, Cambridge.

9.30pm (BBC2) Messiah at the Foundling Hospital A documentary which recreates the première of Handel's Messiah in London, in 1750.

Easter Day 10am (BBC1) Easter Worship from Leicester Sung eucharist from Leicester Cathedral.

11am (BBC1) Urbi et Orbi Pope Francis's Easter message, live from St Peter's Square, Rome.

5.10pm (BBC1) Songs of Praise Bill Turnbull visits Leeds, and the Polish RC Church of Our Lady of Czestochowa and St Stanislaw Kostka.

8pm (Nat Geographic) Jesus Mysteries A documentary that looks at some lesser-known aspects of the Gospels.

Monday 1.20pm (C5) Ben-Hur Starring Charlton Heston.

10pm (BBC2) Rev Smallbone has been reported to the Bishop for conduct unbecoming (5/6).


Good Friday 7.48am (R4) Thought for the Day presented by Cardinal Vincent Nichols.

2pm (R3) Bach's St John Passion from Berlin, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.

3pm (R4) Good Friday Meditation The Archbishop of York, Dr Sentamu, offers a personal meditation on the crucifixion as he walks around the city of York.

8pm (R2) At the Foot of the Cross Diane Louise Jordan hosts a meditation for Good Friday from Winchester Cathedral.

Easter Day 6am (R2) The Sunday Hour Diane Louise Jordan presents a special edition. Her guest is the hymn-writer Stuart Townend.

6.35am (R4) Sunrise Service from St George's College, Weybridge.

7.10am (R4) Sunday A special edition of the programme, from Belfast.

8.10am (R4) Easter Sunday Worship A celebration marking Easter Day and the approach of Shakespeare's 450th birthday, from the Guild Chapel, Stratford-upon-Avon.

12 noon (R3) Private Passions The director of the National Gallery selects paintings on an Easter theme with music that illuminates them.

3pm (R3) Choral Evensong live from Chester Cathedral.

8pm (R2) Easter Glory Francis Finn introduces music, readings, and poetry.

9.55pm (R3) Music for Easter Handel's oratorio La Resurrezione.

Wednesday 3.30pm (R3) Choral Evensong To celebrate the forthcoming anniversary of Shakespeare's birth, with contemporaneous music, from the 13th-century Guild Chapel in Stratford-upon-Avon.

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