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Week ahead

24 March 2016


HIGHLIGHT: The Passion A street-theatre performance depicting the last days of Jesus’s life, staged in Manchester, and inspired by Bach’s St Matthew Passion.

7pm BBC4, Easter Day

TELEVISION: Good Friday 9am (BBC1) In the Footsteps of Judas The Revd Kate Bottley visits Jerusalem to re-examine the case against Judas Iscariot.

Saturday 5.45pm (BBC2) Easter from King’s The story of the resurrection is related through the Gospels, selected poems, and hymns.

Easter Day 10am (BBC1) Easter Sunday Worship from St Albans Cathedral A service live from St Albans.

11am (BBC1) Urbi et Orbi Pope Francis gives his traditional Easter message and blessing.

12.25pm (BBC2) King of Kings The biblical epic starring Jeffrey Hunter.

5.30pm (BBC1) Songs of Praise Behind the scenes of a community passion play.

6.05pm (BBC1) Paul O’Grady: The Sally Army and me The presenter learns what it takes to be a “Soldier of God” (1/6).

8pm (ITV) Our Queen at 90 A celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday.

9pm (Discovery) Jesus Code A look at human bones said to be those of John the Baptist.

Easter Monday (BBC2) 8.30pm An island Parish: Shetland An Eastern Orthodox nun gives a lesson in history (2/6).

10pm (BBC4) 1916: The Irish Rebellion A documentary about the events surrounding the Easter Rising.


RADIO: Good Friday 12.30am (R3) Through the Night A performance of Papandopulo’s Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

11am (R4) The Easter Rising What will be the lessons of this year’s commemorations? (2/2)

3pm (R4) Good Friday Meditation Canon Mark Oakley and the actor David Bradley visit a hospice in Stratford-upon-Avon.

7.30pm (R3) Radio 3 in Concert Live from the Easter at King’s festival, in Cambridge, music includes Palestrina’s Stabat Mater and Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ.

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

Saturday 12.15pm (R3) Music Matters Petroc Trelawny previews a new opera based on Bach’s St Matthew Passion, with a finale by James MacMillan.

Easter Day 6am (R2) The Sunday Hour Diane Louise Jordan celebrates Easter Day.

6.35am (R4) Sunrise Service from St Augustine’s, Ramsgate.

7am (R2) Good Morning Sunday Clare Balding’s guests include Cardinal Vincent Nichols.

8.10am (R4) Easter Sunday Worship live from Worcester Cathedral.

3pm (R3) Choral Evensong Easter Day festal evensong, live from Worcester Cathedral.

7pm (R2) Easter Glory Sunday John Rutter conducts the broadcast première of his new work The Gift of Life.

Easter Monday 4.30pm (R4) Beyond Belief Ernie Rea and guests discuss Marian apparitions.

7.30pm (R3) Radio 3 in Concert A concert from the Easter at King’s festival, recorded on Saturday.

Tuesday 4pm (R4) Law in Action Joshua Rozenberg travels to Belfast to assess the so-called “gay cake” story.

Wednesday 11am (R4) Deciding a Woman’s Right Audrey Carville examines the debate about Northern Ireland’s abortion law.

3pm (R3) Choral vespers in the Latin rite, celebrated by Cardinal Vincent Nichols in the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace — the first RC vespers to be celebrated there for 450 years.

Thursday 11am (R4) Crossing Continents Linda Pressly explores the rifts challenging Thai Buddhism and its devotees (2/8)­­.

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