Easter religious programmes across TV and Radio

This Easter, the BBC provides a selection of religious programmes across TV and radio which will entertain, educate and inform viewers about the holiest of times in the Christian calendar.

Published: 8 March 2016
This Easter, the BBC will be providing numerous ways for audiences to watch, listen and participate in the celebration of this most important date in the Christian calendar.
— Aaqil Ahmed, Head of BBC Religion & Ethics

Central to this year’s Easter offering on TV will be two BBC One hour-long documentaries - one during Holy Week, The Battle For Christianity and the other on Good Friday, In The Footsteps Of Judas.

The notion of following in Judas’ footsteps in the lead up to Jesus’ crucifixion provides a thought-provoking perspective on the traditional Easter story. Presented by Rev Kate Bottley, the documentary takes the viewer on a journey to Jerusalem and re-examines the case against the Bible’s most notorious villain, Judas Iscariot.

The Battle For Christianity examines how a more confident, assertive faith is replacing traditional churches in the UK. Professor Robert Beckford (main picture) looks at how immigration, radical social action, conservative morality and charismatic worship are all transforming the face of the faith, and asks what that might mean for the future in an increasingly secular society.

And on Radio, this year’s Good Friday Meditation on Radio 4 will bring together Shakespeare’s unique approach to contemplating mortality and eternity with those who are facing the end of their life; from the Shakespeare Hospice in Stratford-upon-Avon presenter Canon Mark Oakley meets patients and those who love and care for them. With music reflecting the story of the Passion this will be a Good Friday meditation to remember.

And Easter Glory brings a first to Radio 2 listeners. Composer John Rutter conducts the complete broadcast Premiere of his major new work, The Gift Of Life, and is joined by the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Bach Choir with soloist Benedict Hymas. Actor Anton Lesser, who recently appeared as Fagin in Dickensian and Thomas Moore in Wolf Hall, performs seasonal readings of poems and passages from the Bible.

Aaqil Ahmed, Head of Religion & Ethics, says: “This Easter, the BBC will be providing numerous ways for audiences to watch, listen and participate in the celebration of this most important date in the Christian calendar. Easter is at the very heart of Christianity and marks Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. Easter Sunday Worship live from St Albans Cathedral and Easter from King’s offer opportunities for the viewers to participate in the joy and renewal which Easter brings, with music and prayer central to this.

"Urbi et Orbi is a moment to reflect on the Pope’s message and Songs Of Praise features the Poole Passion on Easter Sunday. Radio 4 offers a bountiful range of religious programmes including Thought For The Day with the Archbishop of Canterbury; a broadcast premiere from composer John Rutter in Easter Glory; and Easter Sunday Worship from Worcester Cathedral. Similarly, Radio 3 offers up a variety of programmes featuring Easter-themed content, reflection and discussion as well as popular programmes such as Choral Evensong, which comes live from Chelmsford, and Radio 3 in concert, Easter at King’s.”

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BBC One

The Battle For Christianity1x60, Tuesday 22 March, 10.45pm to 11.45pm

This hour-long documentary looks at how a more confident, assertive faith is replacing traditional churches in the UK. Professor Robert Beckford looks at how immigration, radical social action, conservative morality and charismatic worship are all transforming the face of the faith and asks what that might mean for the future in an increasingly secular society.

At Easter - the holiest festival in the Christian calendar - this revealing film gets to the heart of what’s changing within Christianity in the UK. It will show how the faithful are kicking back against the steady decline in church attendance, and provide evidence of a more committed but potentially divided future.

In The Footsteps Of Judas, 1x60, Good Friday 25 March, 9am to 10am

To mark Good Friday this one-hour documentary sees one of Britain’s best-loved vicars, Kate Bottley re-open the case against the Bible’s most notorious villain - Judas Iscariot.

Kate’s journey takes her from her parish in Nottingham to Jerusalem, where she pieces together the events leading up to the Crucifixion. Why did Judas betray his Master at his most desperate hour? And on a day when we remember that Jesus died for all our sins, is Judas excluded from that forgiveness? Ultimately, Kate demonstrates why Judas matters and why he is central to our understanding of the Christian message today.

Songs Of Praise
On Palm Sunday (20 March), Songs Of Praise is in Hull to join the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, as he reaches the half way point of a six-month pilgrimage across his diocese. He meets unsung heroes and asks people to “commit themselves afresh”.

The Archbishop explains his reasons for embarking on the journey, his experiences so far and his hopes for the remainder of the trip. He says: “My prayers have led me to this pilgrimage. I want to pray with people and I want to bless all that is fantastic and all that is wonderful."

Also in the programme, historian Richard Taylor explores the faith of author Agatha Christie. It’s well documented that she was the queen of murder mystery, but it’s less well known that Agatha Christie was also a devout Christian.

For Easter Sunday (27 March, 5.30pm - 6.05pm), Songs Of Praise is in Poole in Dorset for The Poole Passion, a community drama based on the last days of Jesus Christ and his Resurrection. The cast of over 50 includes a wide selection of the community from all walks of life - intergenerational, professional and non-professional actors, and some who have been homeless or are in recovery from drug or alcohol abuse - all working together. We hear some of their remarkable stories during rehearsals and the nerve-wracking first performance.

In a moving report for the Easter Sunday edition, Jose d’Arby meets a Christian pastor and his wife from Syria. They’ve been visiting Britain but have no desire to stay, despite the fact that their home in Damascus is surrounded by conflict and 40 percent of their church’s congregation have fled. Pastor Edward Awabdeh and his wife Rana see it as their mission to bring hope and comfort to desperate people caught in the midst of the bombs and the bullets.

And, Songs of Praise reveals why carols aren’t just for Christmas. They're religious songs that first came about in the Middle Ages and would have been sung all through the year, to mark saints days, feast days – and, of course, the church’s most important celebration, Easter.

Easter Sunday Worship live from St Alban’s Cathedral
Sunday 27 March, 10am-11am
The medieval Abbey and Cathedral Church of St Alban is the stunning setting for a live broadcast of the Easter Morning service. Well-loved Easter hymns including Jesus Christ Is Risen Today and Thine Be the Glory combine with traditional scripture readings and prayers to celebrate Christ’s resurrection. The St Albans Cathedral Choir, directed by Master of the Music Andrew Lucas, sing excerpts from mass settings by David Thorne and Jonathan Dove and Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus. The service is led by the Bishop of St Albans, the Rt Rev. Dr Alan Smith, with a sermon from the Dean, The Very Rev. Dr Jeffrey John.

Urbi et Orbi , Sunday 27 March, 11am-11.25am
On this the fourth Easter of his pontificate, Pope Francis gives his Easter Sunday Message and Blessing, Urbi et Orbi – to the City and to the World. Mike Wooldridge sets the scene.

BBC Two

Mary Berry’s Easter Feast, 2x60, BBC Two, 15 March, 8pm, and 22 March, 8pm

Mary Berry is not just a woman of flans and fairy cakes but also a woman of faith. She has made no secret of the fact that her Christianity has helped her through life's toughest moments.

In this series, at the holiest time in the Christian calendar, Mary explores the roots of her faith through the medium for which she is best known - food. How does Britain eat its way through Easter?

Mary will share her own favourite Easter recipes, including hot cross buns, Simnel cake and roast lamb, and learn on this gastronomic adventure how every Christian community and culture, from Russians to Filipinos to Caribbeans to Italians and Poles, has its own way of commemorating and celebrating this most important festival through food, all religiously and culturally symbolic and distinct.

In episode one, Mary discovers the traditions followed by diverse British families and communities during Lent and Good Friday and the food that brings them together as each prepare for the great Easter celebration. These families will be invited to join in Mary Berry’s Easter feast in the next episode for an uplifting finale.

In episode two, Mary explores the wonderful foods that bring each different community together on Easter Sunday - the most symbolic and meaningful feast in the Christian calendar.

As well as sharing her own family favourites like mouth-watering roast lamb, she discovers how the Greek Orthodox community break the Lenten fast with Tsoureki bread, and spends a day with the Archbishop of York John Sentamu, (pictured above).

Easter From King's
Saturday 26 March 2016, 5.45pm to 7pm
The world-famous Choir of King's College, Cambridge, directed by Stephen Cleobury, sing some of the most beautiful music ever written for Good Friday and Easter, including Miserere Mei (Allegri), Panis Angelicus (Franck), Crucifixus (Lotti), Light Out Of Darkness (Elgar), and pieces by Bairstow, Duruflé, Bruckner and Ouseley. Hymns include My Song Is Love Unknown, This Joyful Eastertide and Jesus Christ Is Risen Today. The story of Jesus's death and resurrection is told in the well-loved words of the King James Bible, with poetry by George Herbert and Kenneth Stevens, all in the stunning setting of King's College Chapel.

 

BBC Radio 4

Thought For The Day 
Monday 21-Friday 25 March, 7.45am-7.50am
Thought for the Day (7.45am-7.50am) hears from speakers from the world’s major faith traditions reflect on topical events and issues from the perspective of their faith. The contributors over the Easter period include Bishop Nick Baines (Monday 21 March), Rev Dr Sam Wells (Tuesday 22 March), Rev Dr Michael Banner (Wednesday 23 March), Canon Angela Tilby (Thursday 24 March) and Catherine Pepinster (Saturday 26 March). 

Beyond Belief: Fixed Easter
Monday 21 March, 4.30pm-5pm 
The Archbishop of Canterbury is working with other Christian churches to agree on a fixed date for Easter, which he hopes would happen "in between five and ten years’ time". The first attempt to make such a change was in the 10th century. The date, which is different in the Eastern and Western Christian traditions, is also intrinsically linked to the Jewish celebration of Passover, and Christian church liturgy is steeped in its Jewish origins. Ernie Rea will be asking what it would take to agree on a fixed date, why it matters, and what a change to a fixed date could mean for Jews as well as Christians.

Beyond Belief: Apparitions Of Mary  
Monday 28 March, 4.30pm-5pm
Since 2010 a Vatican commission has been investigating the alleged apparitions of the Virgin Mary at Medjugorje in Bosnia-Herzegovina. An announcement is expected soon, amid concerns that the supernatural claims of six visionaries are getting out of control.

Beginning in 1981, the apparitions purportedly continue daily and thousands of pilgrims from all over the world travel to the small town each month to meet the alleged seers. Ernie Rea will be exploring what exactly Marian apparitions are and what some of the stories associated with them are. He will also be asking why they have become such a powerful tool for conversion over recent decades and if they are always an aid to religious devotion - or whether they can actually lead to unhealthy superstition.

Lent Talks (series of six) 
Wednesday 23 March, 8.45pm-9pm
In the last programme in the Lent Talks series, Lent In The Landscape, Dr Julian Litten, author of The English Way of Death: The Common Funeral Since 1450 visits one of Britain's greatest Victorian cemeteries - Kensal Green in north-west London. It contains a host of memorials of the great and good and is still a working cemetery. Dr Litten will take us to the site of his last resting place which he has reserved there. 

Prayer For The Day 
Holy Week, Saturday 19 and Monday 21– Friday 25 March, 5.40am-5.45am
A spiritual comment and prayer to begin the day with the Right Reverend Marcus Stock, Bishop of Leeds.

Easter Week Saturday 26 and Monday 28 March - Friday 1 April, 5.40am-5.45am
A spiritual comment and prayer to begin the day with the Right Reverend Rachael Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester. 

Radio 4 LW Daily Service, Holy Week
Monday 21– Friday 25 March, 9.45am-10am
The Daily Service (Weekdays, 9.45am-10am) is a space for spiritual reflection with a bible reading, prayer and a range of Christian music. Over the Easter period the programme will come from Andrew Graystone (Monday 21 March), Pastor Alex Robertson (Tuesday 22 March), Canon Stephen Shipley (Wednesday 23 March), Canon Steve Williams (Thursday 24 March) and Mike Ford (Friday 25 March).

Good Friday Meditation             
Friday 25 March, 3pm-3.30pm 
As believers everywhere mark the most solemn moment of the Christian year, and in the 400th anniversary year of Shakespeare’s death, Canon Mark Oakley meets Shakespearean actor David Bradley, who has played roles and characters the bard has based on The Good, the Bad and the Redeemed.

These ‘everyman’ types of humanity are to be found in the Passion narrative, either on - or at the foot of - Golgotha’s three Crosses. At the Shakespeare Hospice in Stratford-upon-Avon, a place close to David’s and many Royal Shakespeare Company actors’ hearts, we meet people facing their own deaths – and those who love and care for them.

Informed by an understanding of ‘what a piece of work’ is a man or woman, how we contemplate mortality and eternity is common to us all – and it’s something Shakespeare himself understood deeply and intimately within his characters and in his own family. With music reflecting the story of the Passion which is told in the language of the Geneva Bible, the translation to which Shakespeare’s own language owed so much. This will be a Good Friday Meditation to remember.   

Sunrise Service
Sunday 27 March, 6.30am-7am
Fire And Light: the Gothic Revival splendour of Augustus Pugin's personal Church in Ramsgate on the Kent coast is now the Shrine of St Augustine of Canterbury, from where the Rector, Fr Marcus Holden, lights the Paschal Candle from the Easter Fire and leads a Sunrise Service for Easter Day. The Shrine is famed for its Gregorian Chant and Renaissance Polyphony, and Director of Music, Thomas Neal, leads The Victoria Consort in Easter hymns and seasonal music and chant. Plus, a specially-composed sonnet by Sister Mary Stephen.

Easter Sunday Worship: Pilgrim Living
Sunday 27 March, 8.10am-9am
Easter Sunday Eucharist comes live from Worcester Cathedral with Celebrant the Right Reverend John Inge, Bishop of Worcester exploring the theme of Pilgrim Living. 

On the day that the church marks the resurrection of Jesus, this is an opportunity to reflect on the need to search for a sacred space in our daily lives. The preacher is the Dean, the Very Reverend Peter Atkinson, with festive hymns and other Easter music from the Cathedral choir directed by Peter Nardone. The organ is played by Christopher Allsop. The Lay Clerks and girl choristers sing Haydn's Little Organ Mass and David Willcocks' arrangement of Sydney Carter's Lord of the Dance as well as Mediaeval chant unique to the Worcester Cathedral. Producer/ Katharine Longworth for the BBC

BBC Radio 3

Holy Week Around Europe
Sunday 20
 March, throughout the day
A day of performances from Rome, Prague, Brussels, Amsterdam, Wexford and Copenhagan, as Radio 3 reflects Easter music-making across Europe. Presented by Ian Skelly highlights include the BBC Singers in a concert of Byrd and Tallis, and St Matthew Passion with a starry line-up of soloists including James Gilchrist, Christopher Maltman and Lydia Teuscher.The

Essay: Desperately Seeking Eternity
Monday 21-Friday 25 March, 10.45pm-11pm
Five writers present their reflections on our enduring human obsession with eternity. Each night from Monday to Friday a writer explores concepts of eternity within different religious and cultural traditions. The writers are the Reverend Peter Owen-Jones, religious scholar Mona Siddiqui, transhumanist Anders Sandberg, writer Naomi Alderman and Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James's Church, Piccadilly.

Choral Evensong
Wednesday 23 March 3.30pm-4.30pm
Live from Chelmsford Cathedral, James Davy (Organist and Master of the Choristers) and Laurence Lyndon-Jones) direct a programme of music including Bach’s Organ Voluntary Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir BWV 686, Ireland’s Greater Love and Leighton’s Solus ad victimam. 

Introit: Drop, drop slow tears (Bridge)
Responses: Ebdon
Office Hymn: The royal banners forward go (Vexilla regis)
Psalm 88 (Hervey)
First Lesson: Isaiah 63 vv.1-9
Canticles: Francis Jackson in G minor
Second Lesson: Revelation 14 v.18-15 v.4
Anthems: Greater Love (Ireland)
Solus ad victimam (Leighton)
Final Hymn: O thou who through this holy week (Cheshire)
Organ Voluntary: Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir BWV 686 (Bach)

James Davy (Organist and Master of the Choristers)
Laurence Lyndon-Jones (Assistant Organist)              

Afternoon On 3
Thursday 24 March 2pm-4.30pm
Verity Sharp presents the Collegium Vocale Gent with conductor Philippe Herreweghe in a performance of J. S. Bach’s St John Passion. 

Through the Night Friday 25March 0030 – 0600

For Good Friday, Jonathan Swain presents a performance of Boris Papandopulo’s Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ from Croatia. 

Radio 3 in Concert: Easter At King’s
Friday 25 March 7.30pm-10pm
Stephen Cleobury conducts the BBC Singers and BBC Concert Orchestra live from the Easter at King’s Festival in Cambridge, in a programme of music by Palestrina, Schubert and Haydn. 

Music Matters
Saturday 26 March 12.15pm-1pm
Petroc Trelawny is joined by tenor Mark Padmore and conductor Jeremy Summerly to review a new book by Markus Rathey entitled Bach’s Major Vocal Works, and previews a collaboration between Streetwise Opera and The Sixteen, in a new opera based on Bach’s St Matthew Passion, with a newly-commissioned ‘resurrection’ finale by composer James MacMillan. 

Private Passions: Melanie Reid
Sunday 27 March 12:00-13:00
Michael Berkeley’s guest is Melanie Reid who writes about her life as a tetraplegic. She talks about the pleasure and pain of listening to music, and her choices include music by Beethoven, Holst, Strauss and Van Morrison. 

Choral Evensong
Sunday 27 March 3pm-4pm
Easter Festal Evensong live from Worcester Cathedral
Charles Villiers Stanford's festal settings of the Canticles in B flat frame the Easter Evensong together with the triumphant anthem Light Of The World, composed by Edward Elgar who was born in Worcester.

Introit: Now let us sing (Ben Parry)

Responses: Philip Moore

Psalm 105 (Attwood, Ley, Woodward, Moorse)

First Lesson: Isaiah 43 vv.15-21

Canticles: Stanford in B flat

Second Lesson: Luke 24 vv.13-35

Homily: Canon Dr Michael Brierley

Anthem: Light of the World (Elgar)

Hymn: Alleluia, alleluia! hearts to heaven and voices raise (Lux Eoi)

Te Deum in B flat (Stanford)

Organ Voluntary: Acclamations (Langlais)

Peter Nardone (Director of Music)

Christopher Allsop (Organist) 

The Quiet In The Land
Sunday 27 March, 11.35pm-12.30am
The third radio documentary in Glenn Gould’s ‘The Solitude Trilogy’, exploring themes of deliberate withdrawal from the world. ‘The Quiet in the Land’ (1977) was Gould’s own favourite of the three and is a portrait of Mennonite life – the identity of a community of faith within a broader society. Created by manipulating taped interviews and sound effects into a complex dramatic montage, the programmes are not so much documentaries as compositions in Gould’s unique genre of ‘radio as music’. 

Radio 3 in Concert: Easter at King’s
Monday 28 March, 7.30pm-10pm
In a concert from King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury conducts the King’s College Choir and the Hanover Band in Handel’s Brockes Passion. Recorded at King’s College on Saturday, introduced by Donald Macleod.

BBC Radio 2

At the Foot of the Cross
Friday, 25 March, 8pm-10pm
Diane Louise Jordan introduces an evening of music and reflection for Good Friday with the international classical singing trio The Priests; The Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir; and BBC Radio 2 Young Choristers of the Year 2015, Angus Benton and Agatha Pethers. These forces combine to create a poignant and heartfelt programme including well known hymns for Good Friday and gospel favourites as they've never been heard before. From the BBC's Maida Vale Studios in London.

Good Morning Sunday
Sunday 20 March, 7am-9am
Clare Balding presents the topical faith show with guests including faith guest Rev Lucy Winkett, of St James’ Piccadilly and award-winning British-Iranian actor and comedian Omid Djalili.

Good Morning Sunday
Sunday 27 March, 7am-9am
Clare Balding presents the weekly faith and music programme. On this day of celebration for Christians her guests include gardener Diarmuid Gavin, who'll be talking about his work with the annual garden festival at Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin. Her faith guest for Easter Day is Cardinal Vincent Nichols. There will also be live music from The Rock Choir.

Easter Glory Sunday
Sunday 27 March, 7pm-8pm
Composer John Rutter conducts the complete broadcast premiere of his major new work, The Gift Of Life, and is joined by the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Bach Choir with soloist Benedict Hymas.

A firm favourite with the Radio 2 audience, John gives presenter Frances Finn insights into what inspired him to write this groundbreaking musical celebration of life and creation, and choir and audience also join together in well-known Easter hymns. Actor Anton Lesser, who recently appeared as Fagin in Dickensian and Thomas Moore in Wolf Hall, performs seasonal readings of poems and passages from the Bible.

The Sunday Hour
Sunday 27 March, 6am-7am
Diane Louise Jordan plays spiritually uplifting and inspiring music through hymns, Gospel and choral classics to celebrate Easter Sunday. With all your favourite Easter hymns, songs, readings and reflections the programme celebrates different aspects of the Christian faith through words and prayers as well as requests and dedications.

Pause For Thought
Pause For Thought, a two minute religious reflection, features on BBC Radio 2 on After Midnight at 12.45am and 2.45am; Vanessa Feltz’s show at 5.45am and The Chris Evans Breakfast Show at 9.20am. It features different contributors from a variety of faiths. In the lead up to Easter, Pause For Thought will be focused on the theme of Holy Week, where Christians and those of other traditions will reflect on what this season means to them.

On Good Friday Nick Baines, Bishop of West Yorkshire and the Dales, will be live on The Chris Evans Breakfast Show to share the significance of such an important day in the Christian Calendar.

BBC Radio Scotland

Good Friday: Breath Of Life
Friday 25 March, 0632
Anna Magnusson recalls childhood hours spent with her mother who was trying to help Anna breathe despite her ‘weak chest’, teaching her of the beauty of breath. On Good Friday morning, Anna meditates through words and music on the mystery of the breath of life and the last breath, in the light of the Passion of Christ.

Sunday Morning with Cathy Macdonald
27 March, 10am to noon
For Easter Sunday, Kevin Franz of the Society of Friends, a Mental Healthcare Chaplain in Glasgow, talks with powerful Scottish artists about themes of hope and redemption they have experienced in their lives and express in their art.

Gerard Burns is constantly drawn to images of Easter in his work, and the impact the figure of Jesus has on other people. Joyce Gunn Cairns sees human courage in the spiritual essence of the people she captures in her portraits; and Stuart Duffin painted a Last Supper for Langside Church in Glasgow - and then had to paint it once again when it was destroyed by fire.

And Mez McConnell shares his personal resurrection story with Cathy Macdonald, his testimony of surviving a life enmeshed in abuse, violence, drugs, thieving and prison to becoming a pastor and church-planter working among Scotland’s poorest communities.

New Every Sunday
Sunday 27 March, 6.30am
Easter Sunday service with Rev Scott Robertson, Rector of St Margaret’s Episcopal Church, Newlands, Glasgow.

BBC Radio Wales

All Things Considered 
Palm Sunday 9.03am repeated 24 March 12.30am
The trial, arrest and crucifixion of Christ have been the source of inspiration for composers down through the centuries. On Palm Sunday we hear from three composers of sacred choral music on their approach to writing on this most solemn subject, the Passion. Paul Mealor reflects on his work on Crucifixus; Bob Chilcott on his version of the St. John Passion and Andrew Wilson-Dickson on his current reconstruction of Bach's 'lost passion' - the St. Mark Passion which will be premiered on Good Friday. 

Celebration
20 March 7.31am repeated 6.32pm
Palm Sunday service from Mold Parish Church. Preacher The Rt Rev’d Gregory Cameron, Bishop of St Asaph. 

The Good Friday Meditation with Beverley Humphreys
2 March 6pm-6.30pm
On the most solemn day in the Christian calendar, Beverley Humphreys reflects on music that conveys the story of the Passion of Christ. 

Celebration
27 March 7.31am repeat 6.32pm
A service for Easter day from St Samlett’s Church, Llansamlett in Swansea. The preacher is the Rev’d Christopher Darvill. 

All Things Considered
27 March 9.03am repeat 31 March 12.30am
On Easter Sunday, a time which has ancient associations with baptism, Roy Jenkins considers the importance of this rite of passage. What does it mean to be reborn into the church, at what age is baptism most appropriate, and how far is it a new beginning in a person’s spiritual life.

BBC Radio Ulster and Foyle

BBC Radio Ulster and Foyle will be reflecting on Easter with a series of programmes in the run-up to Easter Day.

Beginning on Sunday 20 March through until Saturday 26 March, From Darkness To Dawn is being broadcast each day from 11.45pm-11.55pm, considering the Easter message in words and music, with contributions from Rev Liz Hughes; Bishop Donal McKeown; Sarah Williamson; Rev Steve Stockman; Michelle Markan and Glenn Jordan.

On Good Friday (25 March), Pádraig Ó Tuama presents At The Cross from 8.45am-9am, and on Easter Sunday, Morning Service, at 10.15am comes live from the Christian Fellowship Church, Belfast, conducted by Richard Gardner.

Sunday with Brian D’Arcy at 11am and Sounds Sacred presented by Noel Battye at 5pm will both reflect the Easter message through music.

BBC English Regions

BBC Local Radio will be reflecting Easter through the eyes of their local communities on Sunday morning religious affairs programmes across England. Here are some of the highlights: 

BBC Radio Cumbria
Easter Praise, Good Friday 25 March, 6pm and Easter Sunday 5pm. Also Easter Sunday Breakfast programme 6am.
Easter Praise is an hour-long broadcast in the style of a Christmas service, readings and music telling the Easter story. It is recorded at St Cuthbert’s Church in Carlisle. 

BBC Radio Leeds
Sunday, 27 March 8am-9am and on Monday 28 March, 6pm-7pm

Stabbed At School: a story of faith and forgiveness
Andrew Edwards meets Leeds school teacher Vincent Uzomah who was stabbed by a pupil while teaching in Bradford – and forgave him. The programme also features the son of the Yorkshire Ripper’s first victim who has forgiven Peter Sutcliffe.

BBC Wiltshire
Easter at the Abbey,
Easter Sunday at 8am and on Easter Monday 6pm
Easter At The Abbey, BBC Wiltshire's special service telling the Easter story, featuring readings from BBC Wiltshire presenters, well-known Easter hymns and music from the Abbey Choir.

BBC Radio Jersey
Good Friday 25 March, noon-2pm
A special faith programme presented by Cathy Le Feuvre, it will feature the walk of witness through St Helier and will have contributions from the island’s Christian leaders (CofE, Catholic and Methodist) as well as playing music appropriate for the day.

BBC Radio Nottingham
Good Friday 25 March, 6pm-7pm
BBC Radio Nottingham on Good Friday has a feature looking at the last seven statements of Jesus as he was dying on the cross. Using modern stories, reflections and music the 60 minutes will look at the seven themes traditionally associated with those final words including: Forgiveness, Abandonment, Distress and Triumph.

BBC Three Counties Radio
Good Friday 25 March, 6am-9am and on Easter Sunday 6am-9am
On Good Friday BBC Three Counties Radio’s Faith presenter Mike Naylor will be waking up listeners with special Breakfast show reflecting the religious significance of the day. Easter Sunday will see regular Sunday faith presenter Helen Legh take the reins to host a special Easter Breakfast Show.

BBC Radio Guernsey
Sunday, 27 March 7am-9am
BBC Radio Guernsey Sunday Breakfast programme, presented by Andy Hislop, will include a piece on the Walk of Witness; Easter messages from the New Dean of Guernsey, listeners’ poems from the perspective of Judas Iscariot, Mary Magdalene and Jesus with appropriate music for the Easter period. The piece will explore the theme of forgiveness.

BBC Radio Cornwall
Good Friday with Donna Birrell, 25 March, 6am-7am
Join Donna for a special programme to mark the day. She'll have reflections from Cornwall's faith leaders and news of the Carn Brea Cross, which has become a much loved symbol of Easter.

Easter 
Sunday Breakfast with Donna Birrell 6am-9am
Donna will be joined by Cornwall's faith leaders to celebrate Easter Sunday, together with Cornish choirs to mark the day. 

BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey
Good Friday 25 March, 6am-7am and repeated at 6pm-7pm
Out Of The Darkness is a programme of reflection presented by Emily Jeffery. Emily explores some of the themes of Good Friday and hears stories from people who have found light and their own 'Easter Moments' after the darkness of difficult times. 

BBC Radio Suffolk
Easter Sunday 6am-9am
Sunday breakfast with Jon Wright comes live from Rattlesden parish church with a special programme, including a dawn Easter service.

BBC Radio Merseyside
Good Friday, 25 March, 6am-7am
Helen Jones will journey along the Stations of the Cross using the Merseyrail network, with traditional music and readings of Christ’s Passion.
Easter Sunday, 27 March, 6am-9am
Helen Jones presents the Easter Sunday morning edition of Daybreak. At 8.30am Helen Jones and Paul Beesley will lead the Act of Worship with listeners’ favourite Easter hymns and reflection to celebrate Easter Day.

BBC Radio Lancashire
Good Friday, 25 March, 7am-10am
BBC Radio Lancashire has a series called Forty Days and Forty Nights, where people from the county talk about what Lent means to them. This runs on the Sunday morning faith-based programme throughout the whole six weeks.

On Good Friday there is a faith based breakfast programme (7am-10am) containing people who have made journeys in their lives that are 'Fuelled By Faith'. This feature may also run on their breakfast programme during Holy Week.

The Easter Lectures, recorded before an audience at the Leyland Methodist Church, will also be broadcast on Good Friday (1pm) and address the question: What should Lancashire's response be to the world's refugees?

An Easter Day faith-based breakfast programme (6am-9am) is also being produced.

BBC Radio Manchester
BBC Radio Manchester will be celebrating Easter with a live broadcast at the Lighthouse Church in Salford.

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