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Faith and Hope for Spring returns for a second year with a range of content to mark Easter and other key faith festivals.


Easter Day Service

A traditional celebration for Easter, live from Leeds Minster, led by the Bishop of Leeds, the Rt Revd Nick Baines. With favourite seasonal hymns and choral music, including Jesus Christ is Risen Today, Thine be the Glory and This Joyful Eastertide, sung by the Minster Choir and congregation, directed by Alexander Woodrow.

Series Producer Pamela Hossick, Executive Producer Hugh Faupel

Urbi Et Orbi

Live from Rome, Pope Francis delivers his Easter Message and Blessing Urbi et Orbi - to the city and to the world. Fergal Keane sets the scene and will be joined by Sister Jane Livesey, Superior General of the Congregation of Jesus, an international religious order working in Education, Social Affairs and Pastoral work.

Jill Halfpenny’s Easter Walks (w/t)

This new series follows the star of Coronation Street, EastEnders and Waterloo Road as she takes two spiritual walks on country and coastal paths to explore the surprising origins and connections between faith and place in her beloved Northumbria.

Jill Halfpenny will explore a region of wild coastlines, blasted moors, raging rivers and ancient communities - in search of the area’s deep and secret connections to the origins of Easter celebrations.

Jill says: “Though I was born and bred in the northeast I have just moved back after years working away, and I am really, really loving it. I didn’t travel much as a child, and a lot of what I am finding is new to me so I am enjoying exploring my own backyard.

When I was younger I was part of the choir at church, and I always felt that Easter was really intense - I seemed to be in church all of the time. For me it's all about renewal and rebirth and in these programmes I have enjoyed seeing if I can find anything about myself in the area where I grew up.”

A Believer’s Guide

This new five part series explores what faith can offer during some of life’s biggest moments. It shows what belief can provide in times of challenge, crisis or transition. Each episode will feature people who belong to one of Britain’s major religions (Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism and Judaism)y as they face a significant moment of change.

These are transitions that most of us face as we go through life - finding a partner, moving home, becoming parents, getting older and losing a loved one. But these believer’s find strength from the rituals and shared sense of community that belonging to a faith gives them.

Each episode follows one particular story, from a young Muslim couple expecting their first child to an 83 year old Jewish man planning his second bar mitzvah, as well as hearing from a range of other contributors from the same faith who share their own wisdom, humour and experience.

A Believer’s Guide 5x30 for BBC One and iPlayer is being made by Milk and Honey Productions where the Executive Producer is Lucy Pilkington and the Series Producer is Jo Woolf. The BBC Commissioning Editor is Daisy Scalchi.


Easter from King’s

Music and readings for Holy Week and Easter from the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, with the world-famous Choir, directed by Daniel Hyde. Popular and poignant choral music for the season includes Ave Verum Corpus (Mozart), God So Loved the World (Stainer) and Greater Love Hath No Man (Ireland).

There’s a special performance of I Know that my Redeemer Liveth (Handel, from Messiah), by soprano Anita Monserrat and the congregation joins in favourite Easter hymns including When I Survey the Wondrous Cross and Jesus Christ is Risen Today. The story of Jesus’s death and resurrection is told from the Bible by members of King’s College and the service is introduced by the Dean, the Revd Dr Stephen Cherry.

Producer James Whitbourn, Director Pamela Hossick, Executive Producer Ben Mitchell.

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