BBC Celebrates Easter with Religious Programming


The BBC is offering a range of religious programming on TV and Radio over the Easter holiday, including drama, music, reflection and worship.

The focal point of this year's Easter programmes is David Suchet’s extra special journey, retracing the footsteps taken by St Peter; a dramatization of the entire Gospel of John; and a one-off drama retelling of the biblical story of Noah and The Ark. These highlights will join the annual live Easter services from around the country, together with Pope Francis’ Easter Sunday Message and Blessing - Urbi et Orbi.

Meanwhile on BBC radio, special Easter editions of key religious programmes will provide conversation, music, reflection, readings, hymns and special guests. At The Foot of The Cross returns to BBC Radio 2 and Clare Balding welcomes the Most Rev John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, for a special edition of Good Morning Sunday. BBC Radio 3 will play host to a series of Live in Concerts and Radio 4’s Good Friday Meditation will reflect on the timeless story of Good Friday, focusing on how there’s no greater love than laying your life down for others.

Aaqil Ahmed, BBC Head of Commissioning, Religion and Head of Religion & Ethics, says: “Easter is not just one of the most important moments in the Christian calendar, it is also for the BBC the best way of illustrating its commitment to programming in this area. From prime-time drama on BBC One, the complete dramatized telling of the Gospel of John on BBC Two to Easter hymns, anthems and conversation across BBC radio, this is an exciting mix of programming that shows the BBC at its best, mixing genres, working across channels and delivering for our audiences a diverse range of quality programming.”