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Coming up in the week ahead on TV and on Radio

19 April 2024


HIGHLIGHT: Growing Up Jewish Four young people prepare for their bar and bat mitzvahs, and reveal what being Jewish means to them, a generation about to come of age.

Wednesday 10.40pm, BBC1


TELEVISION: Sunday 1.25pm (BBC2) Songs of Praise Canon Kate Bottley meets Christians in Newcastle-upon-Tyne who are contributing to their communities through acts of service.

6pm (BBC1) Our Changing Planet: Restoring our reefs Steve Backshall and Liz Bonnin are part of a team taking an in-depth look at scientists’ efforts to save coral reefs.

Monday 10pm (More4) Chernobyl: The new evidence A film that examines how Soviet leaders were determined to cover up the Chernobyl disaster, including accounts from survivors (repeat).


RADIO: Friday 1.30pm (World Service) Heart and Soul Robert Beckford asks, for himself and others, if you you have an inherited surname that you feel is profoundly unchristian, should you keep it, or change it?

Sunday 8.10am (R4) Sunday Worship The Anglican and Pentecostal chaplains lead a service for Eastertide from HM Prison Wandsworth, in south-west London, attended by about 70 of the 1500 prisoners, some of whom offer reflections.

10am (R4) The Reunion Kirsty Wark talks to Michael Sheen about his starring role in the 2011 Easter production of The Passion in Port Talbot (3/5).

3pm (R3) Choral Evensong A repeat of this week’s live service from Selwyn College, Cambridge.

Monday 9.45am (R4) Cafe Hope Corinne Hutton, who lost her hands and legs below the knee to sepsis, describes how she has used her experience to help others, including founding the charity Finding Your Feet (4/9).

Tuesday 3.30pm (R4) Beyond Belief Canon Giles Fraser hears a mother of two describe how her family’s neurodivergence has affected their practice of faith (4/7).

Wednesday 3pm (R3) Choral Evensong Live from Magdalen College, Oxford.

Thursday 11am (R4) This Cultural Life The sculptor Antony Gormley reveals his cultural influences, which include his religious upbringing (4/14).

2.15pm (R4) Drama: In Good Faith A courtroom drama explores the complexities faced by parents, medical staff, and the judiciary when determining the fate of a seriously ill baby.

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