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Coming up this week on TV and radio

18 April 2019


HIGHLIGHT: The Psalms The actor Jeremy Irons reads from the King James Version of the book of Psalms (1-4/4). Good Friday, Saturday, 3.30pm; Easter Day, Monday, 4.30pm, Radio 4

TELEVISION: Good Friday 6am (Sky Drama) The Young Messiah A film about a seven-year-old Jesus who is pursued by a Roman centurion.

9am (BBC1) Britain’s Easter Story Gareth Malone and Karen Gibson explore Easter stories, music, and traditions from around the UK (1/2).

2.35pm (BBC2) The Robe The 1953 Hollywood epic about the Roman officer who wins Christ’s robe at the crucifixion.

9pm (BBC2) Pilgrimage: The road to Rome At the end of their journey, the pilgrims meet Pope Francis at a private audience (3/3).

Easter Day 6am (Sky Cinema) The Ten Commandments The 1956 biblical epic starring Charlton Heston as Moses.

9.10am (BBC1) Britain’s Easter Story Why was Easter once banned? (2/2).

9.40am (Sky Drama) The Bible A Hollywood film retelling the book of Genesis.

10am (BBC1) Easter Day Eucharist Traditional worship live from St Mary’s, Warwick.

11am (BBC1) Urbi et Orbi The Pope’s Easter message live from Rome.

11.05am (TCM) Ben Hur The 1959 Charlton Heston epic.

1.15pm (BBC1) Songs of Praise Aled Jones visits the supposed site of Jesus’s resurrection in Jerusalem.

9pm (BBC2) Miriam’s Dead Good Adventure Miriam Margolyes explores the subject of mortality (1/2).

9pm (History) Jesus: His life A drama exploring the story of Jesus, through the eyes of those “who knew him best”, beginning with Joseph.

10pm (Nat Geographic) The Story of God with Morgan Freeman Does the Devil represent an external or an internal force?

11pm (C4) Risen A 2016 film starring Joseph Fiennes as a Roman soldier ordered to disprove the resurrection.

RADIO: Good Friday 1.30pm (World Service) Heart and Soul A blind journalist, Damon Rose, confronts the would-be healers who judge him as “faulty”.

3pm (R4) Good Friday Meditation Bishop James Jones reflects on Psalm 22.

7.30pm (R3) Radio 3 in Concert Verdi’s Requiem, from King’s College, Cambridge: part of the Easter at King’s Festival.

8pm (R2) At the Foot of the Cross Dan Walker reflects on the story of Good Friday using popular songs from stage and screen.

Easter Day 6am (R2) Good Morning Sunday Guests include the Archbishop of Canterbury.

6.05am (R4) Something Understood In the last originally produced programme, Mark Tully takes as his theme “In my end is my beginning.”

6.35am (R4) Sunrise Service The Revd Richard Littledale, a Baptist minister, leads a service for Easter.

8.10am (R4) Easter Sunday Worship A live eucharist from Southwell Minster.

3pm (R3) Choral Evensong From Southwell Minster.

Easter Monday to Friday 12 noon (R3) Composer of the Week: Handel, Messiah and Dublin Donald Macleod and Ruth Smith explore the origins of Handel’s Messiah (1-5/5).

Easter Monday 4pm (R4) Beyond Belief Ernie Rea and guests examine what led to the Amritsar Massacre (4/9).

Tuesday 2.15pm (R4) The Progress of the Soul of Lizzie Calvin Michael Symmons Roberts’s contemporary version of John Donne’s unfinished poem The Progress of the Soul.

Wednesday 3.30pm (R3) Choral Evensong From Rugby School.

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