Programmes

Our regular listing of forthcoming TV programmes containing a religious, faith-related or moral theme.

The week ahead – 30 May 2014

HIGHLIGHT

 My Last Summer: Over a series of weekends, five terminally ill people meet to talk about how they are preparing for death (1/4).

Wednesday 4 June, 10pm, Channel 4

Television

Friday 30 May
Unreported World: Krishnan Guru-Murthy visits Senegal to find out why cancer patients are deprived of morphine (8/8).
7.35pm (C4)

The Minster: Graffiti artists are invited to spray-paint inside York Minster (3/3).
7.35pm (C4)

Saturday 31 May
The Story of Science: Power, proof, and passion: Michael Mosley examines the link between science and civilisation (1/6).
8pm (BBC4)

Sunday 1 June

The Big Questions: Nicky Campbell asks: “Is there life after death?”
10pm (BBC1)

Songs of Praise: A survivor gives an account of the D-Day landings on 6 June 1944.
5.10pm (BBC1)

Radio

Sunday 1 June
Something Understood: Mark Tully asks whether belief in God is essential for a spiritual approach to life.
6.05am (R4)

Sunday Worship: drian and Bridget Plass lead a service from Scargill House, in north Yorkshire.
8.10am (R4)

Choral Evensong: Last Wednesday’s service from St Davids Cathedral, Pembrokeshire.
3pm (R3)

Monday 2 June
Beyond Belief: Is Shakespeare more relevant today than the Bible? (3/7).
4.30pm (R4)

Wednesday 4 June
Choral Evensong: live from Portsmouth Cathedral.
3.30pm (R3)

Four Thought: The philosopher Jonathan Rée warns against confusing morality with politics.
8.45pm (R4)

Free Thinking: Rana Mitter marks the 25th anniversary of the protests in Tiananmen Square.
10pm (R3)

Reproduced courtesy of the Church Times 

The week ahead – 23 May 2014

HIGHLIGHT

A Celebration for Ascension Day: A service from St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, led by the Vicar, Canon Sam Wells.

Thursday 29 May, 8pm, Radio 4

Television

Sunday 25 May
Songs of Praise: Aled Jones looks ahead to the World Cup in Brazil.
4.30pm (BBC1)

Tuesday 27 May
Welcome to Rio: A documentary about the shanty-towns of Rio de Janeiro (1/3).
9pm (BBC2)

Wednesday 28 May
The increase in rape: A documentary about the shanty-towns of Rio de Janeiro (1/3).
10.35pm (ITV)

Radio

Sunday 25 May
Something Understood: The poet Pádraig O Tuama reflects on “the shelter of each other”.
6.05am (R4)

Sunday Worship: A service from St Margaret’s, Wrexham.
6.05am (R4)

Monday 26 May 
Beyond Belief: Ernie Rea and guests discuss mindfulness (2/7).
4.30pm (R4)

Educating Ulster: Andrea Catherwood examines the movement for integrated schools in Northern Ireland.
8pm (R4)

Analysis: Evan Davis and Deirdre McCloskey ask whether poverty matters more than inequality (1/9).
8.30pm (R4)

Tuesday 27 May 
The Public Philosopher: In a discussion in Japan, Professor Michael Sandel asks: should citizens make amends for their country’s past crimes? (3/3).
9am (R4)

Wednesday 28 May 
Choral Evensong: First Evensong of the Ascension, live from St Davids Cathedral, Pembrokeshire.
3.30pm (R3)

Thursday 29 May 
In Our Time: Melvyn Bragg looks at the Talmud.
9am (R4)

Reproduced courtesy of the Church Times 

The week ahead – 16 May 2014

HIGHLIGHT

Horizon: The £10 million-challenge: The public is invited to vote on which of six scientific challenges that confront the modern world they would like to see addressed.

Thursday 22 May, 9pm, BBC2

Television

Friday 16 May
Unreported World: Krishnan Guru-Murthy reports from Tripoli, where Sunni Muslims and Alawites are at war
7.35pm (C4)

The Minster: The stonemasons replace a statue (2/3).
8pm (BBC2)

The Story of Women and Art: Professor Amanda Vickery explores female creativity in Western art (1/3).
9pm (BBC2)

Sunday 18 May
Songs of Praise: Lesley Garrett talks to Aled Jones.
5pm (BBC1)

Radio

Sunday 18 May
Sunday Worship: A service from King’s College Chapel, Aberdeen.
8.10am (R4)

Heart and Soul: John Laurenson travels to Bethlehem, and asks why so many Christians are leaving.
9.30am (World Service)

Choral Evensong: Last Wednesday’s service from St Pancras New Church, London.
3pm (R3)

Monday 19 May
Afternoon Drama: The Cloistered Soul: The arrival of a postulant in a Benedictine convent forces one of the Sisters to confront the truth about her faith.
2.15pm (R4)

Beyond Belief: Ernie Rea and guests discuss football and religion in Brazil (1/7).
4.30pm (R4)

Tuesday 20 May
The Public Philosopher: Professor Michael Sandel asks whether voting should be compulsory (2/3).
9am (R4)

Wednesday 21 May
Choral Evensong: live from Southwark Cathedral.
3.30pm (R3)

Thursday 22 May
In Our Time: Melvyn Bragg looks at The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.
9am (R4)

Reproduced courtesy of © The Church Times

The week ahead – 9 May 2014

HIGHLIGHT

The Minster: A behind-the-scenes look at York Minster, over the course of a year (1/3).

Friday 9 May, 8pm, BBC2 

Television

Sunday 11 May

Songs of Praise: The final of the School Choir of the Year competition.
5.45pm (BBC1)

Monday 12 May
From Jail to Jihad? Raphael Rowe examines Islamic radicalisation within prison.
8.30pm (BBC1)

Tuesday 13 May
Monks: A Comedy Playhouse pilot in which a benefit fraudster joins a religious order to avoid prison.
10.40pm (BBC1)

Wednesday 14 May
Billy Connolly’s Big Send Off: The comedian concludes his look at death and dying with a trip to California (2/2).
9pm (ITV)

Thursday 15 May
Thalidomide: The 50-year fight: A documentary that looks at the thalidomide scandal.
9pm (BBC2)

Radio

Sunday 11 May
Sunday Worship: A service of holy communion from Down Cathedral, Downpatrick, Northern Ireland.
Sunday 8.10am (R4)

Choral Evensong: Last Wednesday’s service from Tewkesbury Abbey.
3pm (R3)

Monday 12 May

Disabled and Behind Bars: Nikki Fox investigatesthe treatment of disabled people in British prisons.
11am (R4)

Tuesday 13 May
The Public Philosopher: Professor Michael Sandel discusses morality and the state (1/3).
9am (R4)

Intelligence: Born smart, born equal, born different: What could the genetics of intelligence mean for education in the future? (3/3).
11am (R4)

File on 4: Jane Deith explores the issue of modern-day slavery in the UK (1/10).
8pm (R4)

Wednesday 14 May
Choral Evensong: live from St Pancras’, Euston Road, London (London Festival of Contemporary Church Music).
3.30pm (R3)

Reproduced courtesy of © The Church Times

The week ahead – 2 May 2014

HIGHLIGHT

Billy Connolly’s Big Send-Off: The comedian goes on a personal journey to explore attitudes towards death and dying (1/2)

Wednesday 7 May, 9pm, ITV 

Television

Sunday 4 May
Songs of Praise David Grant hosts the second of three programmes in the School Choir of the Year competition.
5pm (BBC1)

Stem Cell Universe with Stephen Hawking: Is there an alternative to embryonic stem cells for medical research?
10pm (Nat Geographic)

Thursday 8 May
Blurred Lines: The new battle of the sexes Kirsty Wark wonders whether online abuse against women reflects changing attitudes in society.
9.30pm (BBC2)

Radio

Sunday 4 May
Sunday Worship: A morning service from the Lighthouse Christian Centre, Salford.
8.10am (R4)

Choral Evensong: Last Wednesday’s service from St John’s College, Cambridge.
3pm (R3)

Heart and Soul: Matt Wells investigates religious leaders’ strict authority in ultra-Orthodox enclaves in New York.
9.30pm (World Service)

Monday to Friday
The Essay: Dylan Thomas Centenary: Five writers and artists reflect on the ways in which they connect with the poet.
10.45pm (R3)

Monday 5 May
Start the Week: Anne McElvoy and guests discuss Greek myth and its influence on morality.
9am (R4)

Tuesday 6 May
Costing the Earth: Where will our food come from in the future? A discussion from the Bristol Food Connections Festival.
3.30pm (R4)

Wednesday 7 May
Choral Evensong: Live from Tewkesbury Abbey.
3.30pm (R3)

Sunday 4 May
Sunday Worship: A morning service from the Lighthouse Christian Centre, Salford.
8.10am (R4)

Reproduced courtesy of © The Church Times

The week ahead – 25 April 2014

HIGHLIGHT

Stephen Hawking’s Science of the Future: A new series in which Professor Hawking investigates the latest scientific innovations.

Saturday  20 April, 8pm, Nat Geographic 

Television

Sunday 27 April
Songs of Praise: David Grant is in Birmingham for the first of three programmes in the annual School Choir of the Year competition.
5pm (BBC1)

Cosmos: A spacetime odyssey: Scientific storytelling is used to reveal a vision of the cosmos.
7pm (Nat Geographic)

Monday 28 April
My Brother the Terrorist: Robb Leech looks at how his stepbrother was transformed into a fundamentalist Muslim terrorist.
9pm (BBC3)

Rev: In the final episode of the series, Smallbone is determined to become a management consultant (6/6)
10pm (BBC2)

Wednesday 30 April
The Birth of Empire: The East India Company: Dan Snow travels through India tracing a story of trade and globalisation (1/2).
9pm (BBC2)

Protecting Our Parents: The series concludes by looking at the shortage of places in residential care homes (3/3)
Thursday 9pm (BBC2)

Radio

Sunday 27 April
Sunday Worship: A mass from Our Lady and the English Martyrs RC Church, Cambridge.
8.10am (R4)

Choral Evensong: Last Wednesday’s service from the Guild Chapel, Stratford-upon-Avon.
3pm (R3)

Heart and Soul: Clive Lawton tells the story of two of the most famous of the Old Testament Prophets, Isaiah and Jonah.
9.30pm (World Service)

Choral Evensong: Live from St John’s College, Cambridge.
Wednesday 3.30pm (R3)

Reproduced courtesy of © The Church Times

The week ahead – 18 April 2014

HIGHLIGHT

Good Morning Sunday: Clare Balding presents live from the Huguenot chapel in the crypt of Canterbury Cathedral. Her guests include the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Radio 2, 7am Easter Day

Television

Friday 18 April
The Great North Passion: Fern Britton presents a community retelling of the Passion story from the seafront at South Shields.
12 noon (BBC1)

King of Kings: The Hollywood epic starring Jeffrey Hunter.
1pm (BBC2)

Sacred Music: The story of Allegri’s Miserere, Simon Russell Beale explores the choral work’s history (Repeat).
7pm (BBC4)

Saturday 19 April
Easter from King’s: Music and readings from King’s College, Cambridge.
5.45pm (BBC2)

Messiah at the Foundling Hospital: A documentary which recreates the première of Handel’s Messiah in London, in 1750.
9.30pm (BBC2)

Easter Day 20 April
Easter Worship from Leicester: Sung Eucharist from Leicester Cathedral.
10am (BBC1)

Urbi et Orbi: Pope Francis’s Easter message, live from St Peter’s Square, Rome.
11am (BBC1)

Songs of Praise: Bill Turnbull visits Leeds, and the Polish RC Church of Our Lady of Czestochowa and St Stanislaw Kostka.
5.10pm (BBC1)

Jesus Mysteries: A documentary that looks at some lesser-known aspects of the Gospels.
8pm (Nat Geographic)

Monday 21 April
Ben-Hur: Starring Charlton Heston.
1.20pm (C5)

Rev: Smallbone has been reported to the Bishop for conduct unbecoming (5/6).
10pm (BBC2)

Radio

Good Friday 18 April
Thought for the Day: presented by Cardinal Vincent Nichols.
7.48am (R4)

Bach’s St John Passion: from Berlin, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.
2pm (R3)

Good Friday Meditation: The Archbishop of York, Dr Sentamu, offers a personal meditation on the crucifixion as he walks around the city of York.
3pm (R4)

At the Foot of the Cross: Diane Louise Jordan hosts a meditation for Good Friday from Winchester Cathedral.
8pm (R2)

Easter Day 20 April
The Sunday Hour: Diane Louise Jordan presents a special edition. Her guest is the hymn-writer Stuart Townend.
6am (R2)

Sunrise Service: from St George’s College, Weybridge.
6.35am (R4)

Sunday: A special edition of the programme, from Belfast.
7.10am (R4)

Easter Sunday Worship: A celebration marking Easter Day and the approach of Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, from the Guild Chapel, Stratford-upon-Avon.
8.10am (R4)

Private Passions: The director of the National Gallery selects paintings on an Easter theme with music that illuminates them.
12 noon (R3)

Choral Evensong: live from Chester Cathedral.
3pm (R3)

Easter Glory: Francis Finn introduces music, readings, and poetry.
8pm (R2)

Music for Easter: Handel’s oratorio La Resurrezione.
9.55pm (R3)

Choral Evensong: To celebrate the forthcoming anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, with contemporaneous music, from the 13th-century Guild Chapel in Stratford-upon-Avon Wednesday
3.30pm (R3)

Reproduced courtesy of © The Church Times

The week ahead – 11 April 2014

Highlight
The Essay: The Retreating Roar Madeleine Bunting explores the impact of the decline of Christianity in Britain.
Radio 3 10.45pm Monday to Friday

Television
Friday 11 April
A Very British Mission: Ade Adepitan visits Pentecostal West African churches, and meets people whose lives have been changed
7.30pm (C4)

Sunday 13 April
Songs of Praise: Pam Rhodes presents a selection of hymns from Bradford Cathedral.
5pm (BBC 1)

Monday 14 April
Can Criminals Say Sorry? The Eastenders actress Brooke Kinsella examines the issue of restorative justice.
9pm (BBC3)

Rev: A new member of the congregation is a challenge for Adam Smallbone (4/6)
10pm (BBC2)

Thursday 17 April
Protecting Our Parents: A look at pensioners in Britain, and the efforts of social workers to help them (1/3)
9pm (BBC2)
Radio
Sunday 13 April
Sunday Worship: A service from the Church of God of Prophecy, Birmingham
8.10am (R4)

Choral Evensong: Last Wednesday’s service from Birmingham Cathedral
3pm (R3)

EBU Palm Sunday: Bach’s St Matthew Passion, from the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam
4pm (R3)
Monday to Friday

Martin Wainwright’s Myth of the North: The journalist shows how the notion that life is grim up north is outdated.
1.45pm (R4)

Tuesday 15 April
No Triumph, No Tragedy: Peter White talks to disabled people who have overcome adversity (1/3).
9am (R4)

Wednesday 16 April 14, 2014
Choral Evensong: Live from Chichester Cathedral.
3.30pm (R3)

Lent Talks: The US campaigner, Jim Wallis, discusses the power of Christ’s cross (6/6).
8.45pm (R4)

Reproduced courtesy of © The Church Times

The week ahead – 4 April 2014

Highlight
Crossing Continents: Tim Whewell travels across the Central African Republic with the RC Archbishop of Bangui, and the country’s Chief Imam, as they try to reconcile their communities (3/8).

Thursday 4 April, 11am, Radio 4

Television
Friday 4 April
A Very British Mission: Ade Adepitan visits Pentecostal West African churches, and meets people whose lives have been changed
7.30pm (C4)

Sunday 6 April
Songs of Praise: Sally Magnusson talks to Cardinal Vincent Nichols
3.55pm (BBC1)

Monday 7 April
Banged Up and Left to Fail? A young ex-convict, Natalie Atkinson, examines the impact of serving a prison sentence on young adult offenders.
9pm (BBC3)

Rev: A Turner Prizewinning artist asks if he can unveil a new installation in St Saviour’s (3/6)
10pm (BBC2)

Thursday 10 April
Porn: What’s the harm? Jameela Jamil speaks to young people about how pornography has affected them.
9pm (BBC3)
Radio
Saturday 5 April
A Good Man in Rwanda: Mark Doyle tells the story of Captain Mbaye Diagne
7.05pm (World Service)

Sunday 6 April
Sunday Worship : A service from John Keble Church in Mill Hill, London.
8.10am (R4)

Choral Evensong: Last Wednesday’s service from St Paul’s Cathedral
5.30pm (R3)

Wednesday 9 April
Choral Evensong live from Birmingham Cathedral
3.30pm (R3)

Lent Talks: Marina Warner discusses the power of places (5/6).
8.45pm (R4)
Weeklong
Lent Diaries: An exploration of the success of Pentecostal West African churches in the UK.
Sunday 6 April, 6.55pm; Monday to Friday 7.55pm (C4)

Reproduced courtesy of the Church Times

The week ahead – 21 March 2014

Highlight
Rev: The Revd Adam Smallbone now has a baby daughter, but St Saviour’s is under threat of closure (1/6)
BBC2 10pm Monday

Television
Friday 9pm (BBC2)
A Very British Renaissance: Dr James Fox looks at the changes happening in Britain from 1500 to the English Civil War (1/3)
Sunday 4.45pm (BBC1)
Songs of Praise: Bill Turnbull visits St German’s Cathedral, Peel, on the Isle of Man
Radio
Friday 10.45pm (R3)
The Essay: Secret Admirers: Sara Mohr-Pietsch celebrates the music of the 12th century abbess and mystic Hildegard of Bingen (5/5)
Saturday 12.30pm (World Service)
Heart and Soul: Janak Rogers asks: Why are indigenous people being drawn to Islam?

Sunday 8.10am (R4)
Sunday Worship: A service from the Syrian Orthodox Cathedral in West London
Sunday 3pm (R3)
Choral Evensong: Last Wednesday’s service from Wells Cathedral
Monday to Friday 1.45pm (R4)
Five Hundred Years of Friendship: Thomas Dixon looks at the changing meaning of friendship with guests including Terry Waite
Monday 4.30pm (R4)
Beyond Belief: Ernie Rea and his guests discuss Christian attitudes to the environment (11/12)
Wednesday 3.30pm (R3)
Choral Evensong: live from Bristol Cathedral
8.45pm (R4)
Lent Talks: Nicholas Shakespeare considers how Jesus was offered power – and turned it down (3/6)

The week ahead – 14 March 2014

Highlight
In Our Time: Melvyn Bragg hosts a discussion on the philosopher Bishop George Berkeley.
R4, 9am Thursday

Television
Sunday 5.15pm (BBC1)
Songs of Praise: On the eve of St Patrick’s Day, Eamonn Holmes goes to Derry/Londonderry

Sunday 8pm (BBC4)
Oh Do Shut Up Dear! Mary Beard on the Public Voice of Women: The Cambridge don looks at some of the ways in which women’s voices are not publicly heard.

Wednesday 10.35pm (ITV)
On Assignment: Mark Austin revisits Rwanda 20 years after the genocide (1/8)
Radio
Saturday 12.30pm (World Service)
Heart and Soul: Mark Dowd looks at the place of the confessional in modern Roman Catholic faith.

Sunday 8.10am (R4)
Sunday Worship: A service from Fortwilliam and Macrory Presbyterian Church, Belfast

Sunday 5pm (R3)
Choral Evensong: Last Wednesday’s service from Magdalen College, Oxford.

Sunday 8.45pm (R3)
Music and the Jews: Norman Lebrecht looks at how women in the Jewish religion are forbidden to sing (2/3)

Monday 4.30pm (R4)
Beyond Belief: Ernie Rea and guests discuss the spiritual importance of Stonehenge (10/12)

Tuesday 9.30am (R4)
One to One: David Loyn interviews Suraya Pakzad about her campaigning work for women’s rights in Afghanistan.

Wednesday 3.30pm (R3)
Choral Evensong: live from Wells Cathedral.

Wednesday 8.45pm (R4)
Lent Talks: The novelist, Catherine Fox, considers the strength of Christ’s submission (2/6)

The week ahead – 7 March 2014

Highlight
In Our Time: Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the theology of the Trinity.
Radio 4, 9am Thursday

Television
Sunday 5.30pm (BBC1)
Songs of Praise: Dan Walker visits a church that has become a winter sporting arena.

Wednesday 8pm (BBC3)
Free Speech: A live debate between young people, coming this week from Birmingham Central Mosque (1/4).

10.35pm (ITV)
The Miners’ Strike and Me: A documentary that marks the 30th anniversary of the start of the 1984 miners’ strike

Wednesday and Thursday 9pm (BBC1)
Famous, Rich and Hungry: Four high-profile people learn about life for those who cannot afford to eat.
Radio
Sunday 8.10am (R4)
Sunday Worship: A service from Lichfield Cathedral for the first of Radio 4’s series Inside Lent

3pm (R3)
Choral Evensong: from Gloucester Cathedral, first broadcast on Ash Wednesday.

6.45pm (R3)
Music and the Jews: Norman Lebrecht examines the relationship between music and Jewish identity

Monday 4.30pm (R4) Beyond Belief : Ernie Rea and guests discuss the experience of the wilderness (9/12)

Tuesday 9.30am (R4) One to One : Emma Barnett talks to Rabbi Sylvia Rothschild about her beliefs (4/8)

Wednesday 2.15pm (R4)
Afternoon Drama: The Genesis Rock: A former astronaut searches for the remains of Noah’s Ark

3.30pm (R3)
Choral Evensong: live from Magdalen College, Oxford

8.45pm (R4)
Lent Talks: Bonnie Greer opens a series of reflections about how the Passion story affects modern society (1/6)

The week ahead – 28 February 2014

Highlight
Mandela Remembered from Westminster Abbey: Archbishop Desmond Tutu and David Cameron are among those celebrating the life of Nelson Mandela
BBC2 11.30am Monday
Television
Friday 9pm (BBC2)
The Pity of War: Niall Ferguson argues that Britain should not have entered the First World War

Sunday 4.40pm (BBC1)
Songs of Praise: Pam Rhodes looks at the significance of Lent

Monday 8.30pm (BBC1)
Hungry Britain? Panorama: Why has there been a rise in the number of food banks?

9pm (BBC3)
The Millionaire Preacher: Reggie Yates’s extreme South Africa: The presenter spends a week with a Charismatic church leader who performs “miracles” (3/3)
Radio
Saturday 12.30pm (World Service)
Heart and Soul: A look at the future of Shia Muslims who live in Sunni-dominated Afghanistan (2/2)

Sunday 6.05am (R4)
Something Understood: Mark Tully talks about the purpose and effects of fasting

8.10am (R4)
Sunday Worship: A service from St Davids Cathedral, in Cardiff, to mark St David’s Day

3pm (R3)
Choral Evensong: A repeat of last Wednesday’s service from Truro Cathedral

Monday to Friday 1.45pm (R4)
The Value of Failure: Five guests consider how failure might be understood rather than feared

Tuesday 9.30pm (R4)
One to One: Emma Barnett talks to Orthodox Jewish women about feminism

Wednesday 3.30pm (R3)
Choral Evensong: live from Gloucester Cathedral on Ash Wednesday

The week ahead – 21 February 2014

Highlight
The Essay: Madeleine Bunting, Mark Vernon, Lady Neuberger, David Starkey, and Michael Symmons Roberts explore what counts as forgiveness.
Radio 3 10.45pm Monday to Friday
Television
Friday 8.30pm (BBC2)
An Island Parish: The Methodist lay preacher on Sark faces the prospect of leaving to begin ministerial training (6/6)

Sunday 4.45pm (BBC1)
Songs of Praise: Huw Edwards looks forward to St David’s Day with the people of Llandaff

8pm (BBC1)
Call the Midwife: The new local curate invites Trixie on a date (6/8)

Tuesday 9pm (BBC2)
The Necessary War: Max Hastings argues that the First World War was unavoidable
Radio
Saturday 12.30am (World Service)
Heart and Soul: Rustam Qobil looks at the Sufi and Shia minorities in Afghanistan (1/2).

Sunday 6.05am (R4)
Something Understood: Hardeep Singh Kohli reflects on the relationship between fathers and sons.

8.10am (R4) Sunday Worship A service from Wesley’s Chapel, London.

3pm (R3) Choral Evensong A repeat of last Wednesday’s archive broadcast from St Albans.

Monday 4.30pm (R4)
Beyond Belief: Ernie Rea and guests discuss the future of religious institutions in Britain (7/12).

Tuesday 3.30pm (R4)
Costing the Earth: Tom Heap looks at how the trend to lead a greener life can continue into death.

Wednesday 3.30pm (R3)
Choral Evensong: live from Truro Cathedral.

14 February 2014

Highlight
Walking Through History: Tony Robinson visits Northumbria to trace the story of St Cuthbert (2/3), Channel 4 8pm Saturday
Television
Friday 8.30pm (BBC2)
An Island Parish: A look at Sark’s volunteer culture (5/6).

Sunday 4.30pm (BBC1)
Songs of Praise: Pam Rhodes finds out how Liz Taylor’s former body double is spending her retirement

Thursday 9pm (BBC2)
Bible Hunters: Dr Jeff Rose examines works such as the Gospel of Thomas, and the Gospel of Mary (2/2)
Radio
Saturday 9.30am (World Service)
Heart and Soul: The power of miracles: Why are miracles so important to the faithful? (2/2)

Sunday 8.10am (R4)
Sunday Worship: Matins live from the Temple Church, London

3pm (R3)
Choral Evensong: A repeat of Wednesday’s service from Lincoln Cathedral

6.45pm (R3)
Faith without God: Michael Goldfarb goes to India and China to investigate Buddhism and Confucianism (2/2)

Monday 9am (R4)
Start the Week: Andrew Marr and guests look at the history of confession

4.30pm (R4)
Beyond Belief: William Crawley and guests discuss the part played by religion in Putin’s Russia (6/12).

Tuesday 9am (R4)
The Life Scientific: The physicist Peter Higgs tells Jim Al- Khalili the story of the Higgs boson

Wednesday 3.30pm (R3)
Choral Evensong: An archive broadcast from St Albans, first transmitted on 1 April 1992.

Thursday 9am (R4)
In Our Time: Melvyn Bragg looks at social Darwinism

7 February 2014

Television
Sunday 5pm (BBC1)
Songs of Praise – David Grant revisits the heyday of Sunday-school classes.

Wednesday 9pm (BBC3)
Generation Sex: Secrets of South America – Billie JD Porter examines Argentina, where sexual freedoms contradict the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church (2/3)

Thursday 9pm (BBC2)
Bible Hunters – A look at the men and women who uncovered the earliest Christian texts (1/2)
Radio
Sunday 8.10am (R4 FM only)
Sunday Worship – A service from St Columbanus’s (Church of Ireland), Bangor, Co. Down.

Sunday 9.30am (World Service) Heart and Soul: The power of miracles – Mark Dowd asks why miracles are so vital to the faithful (1/2)

Sunday 3pm (R3)
Choral Evensong – A repeat of Wednesday’s service from New College, Oxford

Sunday 6.45pm (R3) Faith Without God – Michael Goldfarb investigates the first secular thought systems (1/2)

Monday 4.30pm (R4)
Beyond Belief – Ernie Rea and guests discuss yoga (5/12)

Monday 8.30pm (R4)
Analysis – Edward Stourton examines the ultra-conservative Wahhabi sect (3/9)

Tuesday 9am (R4)
The Great War of Words – Who was responsible for the Great War?

Tuesday 3.30pm (R4)
Costing the Earth – Dr Kit Arney examines how 2.5 billion people live without sanitation

Wednesday 3.30pm (R3)
Choral Evensong- from Lincoln Cathedral.

Wednesday 10pm (R3)
Free Thinking – Philip Dodd discusses religious belief, and looks at new research into churchgoing

31 January 2014

Television
Friday 8.30pm (BBC2)
An Island Parish: The Methodist lay preacher learns whether she is to be ordained (3/6).

Sunday 5pm (BBC1)
Songs of Praise: Aled Jones introduces hymns from St Martin-in-the-Fields.

Sunday BBC4 10.50pm
These Four Walls: Peter Gordon travels through Yorkshire, hearing from people who are struggling to escape the poverty trap (1/2).

Monday 9pm (BBC1)
Britain’s Great War: Jeremy Paxman explains how unprepared the country was in 1914 for a modern industrial war (2/4).

Monday 9pm (BBC3)
Growing Up Down’s: A look at a group of young actors with Down syndrome.

Tuesday 9pm (ITV)
Births, Deaths and Marriages: A documentary set in Old Marylebone Town Hall, home to Westminster Register Office (1/2).
Radio
Sunday 8.10am (R4 FM only)
Sunday Worship: Mass for the feast of the Presentation of the Lord, live from Leeds RC Cathedral.

Sunday 3pm (R3)
Choral Evensong: A repeat of Wednesday’s service from Worcester Cathedral.

Monday to Friday 10.45pm (R3)
The Essay: The Islamic golden age: Guest presenters assess Islamic physicians, scholars, and historians (10-14/20)

Monday 4.30pm (R4)
Beyond Belief: Ernie Rea and guests discuss the place of the Ahmedi community within Islam (4/12).

Tuesday 9am (R4)
The Great War of Words: Michael Portillo examines how attitudes to the roots of the First World War have changed(1/2).

Wednesday 3.30pm (R3)
Choral Evensong: from New College, Oxford.

24 January 2014

Television
Friday 8.30pm (BBC2) An Island Parish
The people of Sark celebrate New Year’s Day (2/6)

Saturday 9pm (More4) Britain’s Holocaust Survivors
Concentration-camp inmates tell their stories

Sunday 4pm (BBC1) Songs of Praise
Bill Turnbull visits restored churches.

Monday 9pm (BBC1) Britain’s Great War
Jeremy Paxman explores the impact of the First World War on the lives of the British people (1/4).

Monday 10pm (C4) Meet the Polygamists
A look at the lives of fundamentalist Mormons in Arizona

10pm (BBC4) Remembering the Holocaust: Defiant requiem
The story of Jewish prisoners who formed a choir at Theresienstadt concentration camp

Thursday 9pm (BBC4) Easter Island: Mysteries of a lost world
Why did the island’s civilisation come to an end?
Radio
Sunday 6.05am (R4 FM only) Something Understood
Mark Tully explores the relationship between dance and spirituality

8.10am (R4 FM only) Sunday Worship
A reflection to mark Holocaust Memorial Day

9.30am (World Service) Heart and Soul
Anna McNamee investigates a resurgence in Judaism in Poland

3pm (R3) Choral Evensong
A repeat of Wednesday’s service from King’s College, Cambridge

Monday to Friday 1.45pm (R4) The Ideas That Make Us
Bettany Hughes looks at the development of philosophical concepts

8.30pm (R4) Analysis
Andrew Brown asks whether the Church of England has become disconnected from society (1/9)

Wednesday 3.30pm (R3) Choral Evensong
From Worcester Cathedral

© Church Times, January 2014