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Network TV BBC Week 13: Good Friday 2 April 2010

BBC ONE Good Friday 2 April 2010
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The Day Jesus Died

Good Friday 2 April
9.00-10.00am BBC ONE
Bettany Hughes meets Dr Rowan Williams
Bettany Hughes meets Dr Rowan Williams

Renowned historian Bettany Hughes embarks on a fascinating journey to uncover the meaning of Jesus's death on the Cross, in The Day Jesus Died.

To explore just why the execution of one man 2,000 years ago is still so important today, Bettany enlists a cast of leading figures from British Christianity, including Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury; John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York; Tom Wright, the Bishop of Durham; and Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster.

Her investigations reveal that the meaning of Good Friday is not as straightforward as people may think. At different periods in history – during the Roman Empire, in the Middle Ages, in the Reformation and even in the 20th century – the Church has understood the execution of Jesus in surprisingly mixed ways. Was it an act of sacrifice or of forgiveness of sins, an act of justice or love, or an act of everlasting triumph or eternal suffering?

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EastEnders

Good Friday 2 April
8.00-8.30pm BBC ONE

Tired of playing the rogue, Ryan decides that he needs to put Janine and Albert Square behind him, as the drama continues. With Pat playing cupid, Janine struggles to find the courage to ask Ryan to stay.

Chelsea, meanwhile, struggles to win Carol's approval. Admiring her daughter's loyalty, Denise has a word with Carol on Chelsea's behalf.

It is the anniversary of Danielle's death and she is remembered, with Ronnie and Stacey supporting each other as they lay flowers in her memory.

Ryan is played by Neil McDermott, Janine by Charlie Brooks, Pat by Pam St Clement, Chelsea by Tiana Benjamin, Carol by Lindsey Coulson, Denise by Diane Parish, Ronnie by Samantha Womack and Stacey by Lacey Turner.

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BBC FOUR Good Friday 2 April 2010
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Sacred Music – Searching Out The Sacred Ep 4/4

Good Friday 2 April
7.00-8.00pm BBC FOUR (Schedule addition 18 March)

Simon Russell Beale returns to the UK to explore how three very different musical approaches to Christian music have captured the spiritual imagination of our nation, as he concludes his journey through the history of Western sacred music.

Three composers – James MacMillan, Sir John Tavener and John Rutter – provide a special insight into the challenges and rewards of writing sacred music for the 21st century and, through a series of in-depth interviews with each composer, Simon explores both the creative process of composition and the intentions behind their music.

James MacMillan is a devout Roman Catholic for whom the very act of composing music is itself an affirmation of his faith. There's a chance for viewers to see him at the piano in the act of composition and to watch him at work with the monks at Douai Abbey and with the amateur singers at his local church choir in Glasgow. Selections include A Child's Prayer, created in memory of the Dunblane massacre, and a setting of the text O bone Jesu.

John Rutter is probably the best known of any living composer of sacred music, and also the most commercially successful. Simon sets out to discover what it is about his music, from the Shepherd's Pipe Carol to his Hymn to the Creator of Light, which has captured the sprit of our times. In a wide-ranging interview, the composer talks frankly about his love for the Anglican tradition, his musical roots and his own, perhaps surprising, agnostic position.

And, finally, Simon meets Sir John Tavener in a wide-ranging interview in which the distinguished composer is clear about his faith, his inspiration and the deepest roots of his musical development as he delved deep into the mysteries of Byzantium, mysticism and Buddhism. Tavener is still an imposing and authoritative figure and the programme includes performances of Song For Athene and The Lamb.

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