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Coming up in the week ahead on TV and on Radio

03 May 2024


HIGHLIGHT: A Celebration for Ascension Day One hundred years since the first church service was broadcast on the BBC from St Martin-in-the-Fields, the Vicar, Canon Sam Wells, preaches live at a service of word and music led by the Revd Lucy Winkett.

Thursday 8pm, Radio 4


TELEVISION: Sunday 1.15pm (BBC1) Songs of Praise Pam Rhodes celebrates the 75th anniversary of the hymn “How great thou art”.

10.20pm (ITV1) Passover UK: A Jewish journey Sam Holder travels around the UK to see how families prepare for the Jewish festival marking the Exodus.

Monday 8.05pm (BBC4) The Abbey with Alan Bennett The playwright presents this three-part series, first shown in 1995, taking an in-depth look at what goes on behind the scenes at Westminster Abbey (1/3) (repeat).

9pm (Sky Arts) The Michelangelo Code: Secrets of the Sistine Chapel The art critic Waldemar Januszczak finds new meaning in one of the world’s most famous works of art (repeat).

Thursday 9pm (Sky Atlantic) The Tattoist of Auschwitz The fact-based Holocaust drama about a couple who meet while prisoners in the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in 1942 (2/6).


RADIO: Friday 1.30pm (World Service) Heart and Soul Amie Liebowitz examines how traditional dating methods are currently being used in modern Jewish society.

Sunday 8.10am (R4) Sunday Worship The Revd Andrew Galbraith leads a service from Fisherwick Presbyterian Church, Belfast, to mark 100 years of BBC religious broadcasting and the opening of the first BBC station in Northern Ireland. The Revd Dr Bert Tosh reflects on the part religious broadcasting plays in Northern Ireland’s divided society.

3pm (R3) Choral Evensong A repeat of this week’s live service from Tewkesbury Abbey.

Monday 9am (R4) Start the Week Adam Rutherford and guests discuss protest and patriotism (6/14).

Tuesday 3.30pm (R4) Beyond Belief Canon Giles Fraser hears how Eddie Elsey found help with his mental-health problems in shamanism (6/7).

3pm (R3) Choral Evensong Live from St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, on the Eve of the Ascension.

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