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BBC announces Easter schedule

22 March 2023

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Sally Phillips and the Bishop of Dover, the Rt Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin, in Canterbury Cathedral

Sally Phillips and the Bishop of Dover, the Rt Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin, in Canterbury Cathedral

THE BBC announced its programming for Holy Week and Easter on Wednesday afternoon, which includes live worship, a Radio 2 special on Good Friday, and an interview with the Bishop of Dover, the Rt Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin.

The actor and comedian Sally Phillips will reprise her interview series, which aired at Christmas (News, 2 December; Reviews, 9 December 2022), with a two-part series on BBC1, My Life at Easter with Sally Phillips.

On Good Friday, she will interview the broadcaster and former MP Gyles Brandreth, and, on Easter Sunday, she will speak to Bishop Hudson-Wilkin.

The Revd Kate Bottley, who is a non-stipendiary minister St Saviour’s, Retford, will host At the Foot of the Cross on Radio 2 on Good Friday, comprising music, reflections, and personal stories.

A former Bishop of Liverpool, the Rt Revd James Jones, will host a programme focused on Holy Saturday on Radio 4, The Day When God is Dead, and the Archbishop of Canterbury will deliver his Easter message on the same station on Easter Day.

There will be a live service from Southwell Minster on Easter Day, broadcast on BBC1, and BBC2 will air Easter from King’s from King’s College, Cambridge.

Pope Francis’s Easter message and blessing, live from Rome, will be shown on BBC1, while the Easter edition of Songs of Praise will come from Chester Cathedral.

A fifth series of Pilgrimage will also be broadcast on BBC2, with seven well-known figures making a journey along the Fatima Way, in Portugal.

The Easter schedule is part of the BBC’s Faith and Hope for Spring 2023 programming, which includes programmes to mark Ramadan, and an edition of Celebration Kitchen to mark Eid al-Fitr.

The television programmes will be available on the Faith and Hope page on BBC iPlayer.

The Head of Religion and Ethics for BBC Television, Daisy Scalchi, said: “The BBC is passionate about joining up across our networks to provide a rich mix of content, bringing people together to worship, reflect, and celebrate at this special time of year.”

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