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Coming up in the week ahead on TV and on Radio

08 March 2024


HIGHLIGHT: A Service of Celebration for Commonwealth Day The annual service from Westminster Abbey, with music, readings, and poetry from across the globe.

Monday 2.15pm, BBC1


TELEVISION: Friday 1.45pm (BBC1) Father Brown The priest puts himself in danger when he is asked for help (10/10).

Sunday 11.30am (BBC1) The Highs and Lows of a Kosher Marriage: Love, faith and me Saul and Shoshi hope that their strict Orthodox Jewish faith will help them to overcome any hurdles that they may face (repeat).

1.15pm (BBC1) Songs of Praise Canon Kate Bottley celebrates Mothering Sunday at a Christian-inspired nursery in Stockport, and meets mothers who are empowered by their faith.

Monday 9pm (BBC2) Is University Really Worth It? The comedian and former teacher Geoff Norcott investigates Britain’s higher-education sector.

Tuesday 9pm (BBC2) Saving Lives at Sea in World War II A special episode to commemorate the bicentenary of the RNLI (1/10).

Wednesday and Thursday 9pm (C4) The Rise and Fall of Boris Johnson A documentary featuring archive material, beginning in 2019 and concluding with Mr Johnson’s resignation in 2022 (3-4/4).

Thursday 11.20pm (C4) 20 Days in Mariupol First-hand reportage that looks at the start of Russia’s ongoing assault on Ukraine.


RADIO: Friday 11.30am (World Service) Heart and Soul Why Jibra’il Omar, formerly Timothy Weeks, who was held captive for three years in Afghanistan by the Taliban, became a fully fledged member after his release.

Sunday 8.10am (R4) Sunday Worship The Bishop of Lancaster, Dr Jill Duff, preaches at a service from Ripley St Thomas C of E Academy, Lancaster, for Mothering Sunday.

Monday 9.30pm (R3) Compline From St Thomas’s, Kirkholt, Rochdale, sung by the Diocese of Manchester Choral Scholars.

11pm (R4) Lent Talks A reflection on Mary’s experience of Jesus’s death, written and presented by Dr Selina Stone (4/6).

Wednesday 4pm (R3) Choral Evensong Live from Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin.

Thursday 4pm (R4) Tracking the Planet Emily Knight explores, using trackers, the impact that environmental changes are having on animals (1/3).

9.30pm (World Service) Assignment Linda Pressly reports from the US-Mexico border on the experiences of Mexican migrants.

10pm (R3) Free Thinking What constitutes human nature, and to what extent are all identities culturally constructed? Matthew Sweet looks at the ideas in Michel Foucault’s work.

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