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Fortnight ahead

19 December 2014


Four kings: the Bishop of Manchester on Christmas University Challenge

Four kings: the Bishop of Manchester on Christmas University Challenge

TV HIGHLIGHT: 60 Years of Carols from King's The story of the development of the service since it was first televised in 1954.

BBC1 1.45pm Christmas Day


RADIO HIGHLIGHT: Desert Island Discs The Archbishop of Canterbury chooses his eight favourite recordings.

Radio 4 Sunday 11.15am and Boxing Day 9am



Friday 9pm (BBC2) Canterbury Cathedral The cathedral hosts young priests from four continents, and Canon Clare Edwards goes to York for the vote on women bishops (3/3).

Sunday 10am (BBC1) Fern Britton Meets. . . The Revd Richard Coles talks about his life (4/4).

5.25pm (BBC1) Songs of Praise: Christmas Big Sing Carols from the Royal Albert Hall.

Christmas Eve 4.15pm (BBC1)On Angel Wings Michael Morpurgo's reworking of the nativity story.

5.25pm (BBC2) (and 11am Christmas Day) Carols from King's Televised service including readings from the King James Bible.

7pm (BBC4) Carols from King's 1954: A festival of lessons and carols A digitally remastered version of the first Carols from King's.

8pm (BBC2) Christmas University Challenge The Bishop of Manchester, the Rt Revd David Walker, is in the team for King's College, Cambridge.

11pm (ITV) Christmas Carols on ITV A candlelit service from St Mary's, Prestwich, Manchester.

11.45pm (BBC1) Midnight Mass from Arundel Cathedral A Roman Catholic mass live from Arundel, West Sussex.

Christmas Day 10am (BBC1) Come and Join the Celebration A service from St George's, Leeds.

7.50pm (BBC1) Call the Midwife Chummy and Patsy help two pregnant teenagers.

Monday,Tuesday, and Wednesday 8pm (BBC4) The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures: Sparks will fly - how to hack your home Professor Danielle George shows how everyday items can be adapted to do extraordinary things.

Tuesday 9pm (BBC4) Narnia's Lost Poet: The secret lives and loves of C. S. Lewis A. N. Wilson goes in search of the man behind Narnia.

New Year's Day 12.45pm (BBC1) and 4.25pm (BBC2) The Archbishop of Canterbury's New Year Message The Archbishop's annual address.



Friday 7pm (R3) Radio 3 Live in Concert Handel's Messiah, from the Temple Church, London.

8pm (R2) Friday Night is Music Night A collection of favourite Christmas music, poetry, and readings.

Sunday 6.05am (R4) Something Understood Mark Tully explores the human need to celebrate warmth and light.

8.10am (R4) Sunday Worship A service from the Methodist College, Belfast.

1-3pm, 4-10pm (R3) EBU Day of Christmas Music Festive concerts from around Europe.

3pm (R3) Choral Evensong A repeat of last Wednesday's service from Manchester Cathedral.

Monday 11am (R4) Six Weeks to Save the World The audio diary of Dr John Wright, who is leading the new treatment centre for the Ebola virus in Moyamba, Sierra Leone.

4.30pm (R4) Beyond Belief Ernie Rea and guests, including the former Bishop of Oxford Lord Harries, discuss the poetry of T. S. Eliot (5/8).

8pm (R4) The Invisible Age Matthew Sweet talks to over-85s about how life has changed around them (2/3).

Tuesday 8pm (R4) Terror and the Oxygen of Publicity Gordon Corera examines jihadists' social-media strategy.

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

3.30pm (R3) Choral Evensong An archive programme from Tewkesbury Abbey, first broadcast at Christmas in 2002.

7pm (Classic FM) Carols from Holy Trinity A carol concert recorded in Holy Trinity, Sloane Square, London, on 8 December.

11.30pm (R4) Midnight Mass Cardinal Vincent Nichols celebrates the first mass of Christmas at Westminster Cathedral.

Christmas Day 8am and 9pm (R4) All the Christmases Cerys Matthews takes a musical journey through Dylan Thomas's poem "A Child's Christmas in Wales".

9am (R4) Christmas Service from Portsmouth Cathedral.

1pm (Classic FM) The Nation's Favourite Carols John Brunning reveals the nation's favourite carols.

5pm (Classic FM) A Westminster Christmas The Parliament Choir's Christ- mas concert, recorded at St John's, Smith Square, London, on 3 December.

8.30pm (R4) In Business Peter Day looks at how random acts of kindness can help businesses grow (5/9).

12.15am (R4) Christmas Meditation The comedian Milton Jones offers thoughts on the spirit of Christmas.

Sunday 8.10am (R4) Sunday Worship A service marking Holy Innocents' Day from Wesley's Chapel, London.

3pm (R3) Choral Evensong A repeat of Christmas Eve's archive programme from Tewkesbury Abbey.

Monday to Friday 10.45pm, Wednesday 8.45pm (R3) The Essay: World War One Round the World International cultural figures give their views on the First World War.

Monday 4pm (R4)Sister Aimee The story of how an American farm girl, Aimee Semple McPherson, invented broadcast evangelism.

4.30pm (R4) Beyond Belief Ernie Rea and guests, including the Dean of Salisbury, discuss the Magna Carta (6/8).

Tuesday 3.30pm (R4) A Portrait of Andrew Motion A documentary following the artist Fiona Graham-Mackay as she creates a portrait of the former poet laureate.

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

New Year's Day 9am-9pm (R4 FM only) War and Peace A dramatisation of Leo Tolstoy's novel.

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