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Coming up in the week ahead on TV and on radio

01 April 2021


HIGHLIGHT: The Essay: Churchcrawls in solitude The Revd Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch explores his life and work through five of Britain’s historic churches (1-5/5). Monday to Friday, 10.45pm, Radio 3


TELEVISION: Good Friday 2pm (BBC2) King of Kings The Hollywood epic starring Jeffrey Hunter as Jesus.

Saturday 6pm (BBC2) Handel’s Messiah from English National Opera A performance staged at the London Coliseum, filmed specifically for a TV audience.

7pm (BBC2) Easter from King’s Music for Holy Week from the choir of King’s College, Cambridge, and the King’s Singers.

Easter Day 10am (BBC1) Easter Day Eucharist First broadcast live at 8.10am on Radio 4, the Archbishop of Canterbury leads a service from Canterbury Cathedral, and gives his Easter message.

11am (BBC1) Urbi et Orbi The Pope gives his Easter message from Rome.

1.15pm (BBC1) Songs of Praise Katherine Jenkins celebrates Easter Day at Llandaff Cathedral.

1.20pm (C5) Barabbas An epic biblical drama from 1961, starring Anthony Quinn.

9pm (Sky Documentaries) I am MLK Jr A celebration of the life of Dr Martin Luther King Jr.

Tuesday 10.45/11.25pm (BBC1) Being Muslim/Being Christian An exploration of what faith means to a Muslim and a Roman Catholic couple, on the birth of their child (3-4/5).


RADIO: Good Friday 12.30am (R3) Through The Night Bach’s St John Passion from Lucerne.

2pm (R3) The BBC Singers in Concert Programme includes Stainer’s The Cruci­fixion, recorded in Guildford Cathedral in 2018.

3pm (R4) Good Friday Meditation Neil MacGregor and the Revd Lucy Winkett consider Rembrandt’s Ecce Homo, in the National Gallery.

7pm (R2) At the Foot of the Cross Dan Walker presents an evening of reflection to mark Good Friday, with the BBC Philharmonic and guests including the BBC Young Chorister of the Year.

7.30pm (R3) Radio 3 in Concert Martin Handley presents a concert, live from Watford Colosseum. The programme ends with Vaughan Williams’s Dona Nobis Pacem.

Saturday 3pm (R4) Luke, Acts Michael Symmons Roberts’s dramatisation of the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts (2/2) (repeat).

Easter Day 6.35am (R4) Sunrise Service A service for Easter Day led by Arianna Walker and Debbie Harvie, from the Christian charity Mercy UK.

8.10am (R4) Easter Sunday Worship The Archbishop of Canterbury delivers his Easter message live from Canterbury Cathedral.

10.30am (World Ser­­vice) Heart and Soul Colm Flynn talks to Iraqi Muslims and Christians about Pope Francis’s visit to the country last month.

12pm (R3) Private Passions Sister Teresa Keswick, a Carmelite nun, chooses her favourite music.

3pm (R3) Choral Evensong Live from Manchester Cathedral.

Monday 4.30pm (R4) Beyond Belief Ernie Rea and three beekeepers discuss the importance of bees in religious traditions (1/7).

Wednesday 3.30pm (R3) Choral Evensong Live from St Matthew’s, Westminster.

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