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BBC announces its religious schedule for Easter

Most Reverend Justin Welby
Image caption The Archbishop of Canterbury will broadcast his first Thought for the Day

The BBC has announced its religious programmes for the Easter season.

It will feature the Most Reverend Justin Welby's first Thought for the Day as the Archbishop of Canterbury on BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

Radio 4 will also broadcast the last Easter address from The Right Reverend James Jones as The Bishop of Liverpool.

Melvyn Bragg will present a documentary on Mary Magdalene and Ann Widdecombe will look at how Christianity is portrayed in comedy.

"Easter is the cornerstone of Christianity" said Aaqil Ahmed, Commissioning Editor and Head of Religion and Ethics who said the programmes reflect "the beauty and mystery of the season".

On Good Friday evening, BBC Radio 2 broadcasts Handel's Messiah, with the Bach Choir and the BBC Concert Orchestra.

In addition, BBC Radio 3 will broadcast Choral Evensong live from Manchester Cathedral on Easter Sunday.

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