BBC Announces Religious Programming over Christmas

Christmas Tree

The Christmas Like No Other project looks back on a difficult year and shares stories of grief, hope and compassion through the Christian faith, other faiths and people of no faith.

There will be content across news and digital including coverage of a special Evensong from St Paul’s Cathedral, featuring the lighting of the dome in yellow to reflect the Good Grief campaign.

Whilst church services are limited at the moment, Sunday Worship returns on Advent Sunday (29 November) for six weeks on BBC One with services from across the UK.

Also marking Advent on BBC One, Ellie Harrison and Angellica Bell uncover local customs, culture and traditions as they celebrate A Very Country Christmas.

On the final Sunday in Advent, Songs of Praise’s UK’s Favourite Carol comes from the glorious surroundings of St Paul’s Cathedral in London with performances from an array of stars including Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli.

This year sees the launch of the first joint BBC Radio 2 and Songs of Praise Young Chorister of the Year 2020 competition.

From Gorton Monastery in Manchester, the Revd Kate Bottley with Katherine Jenkins and Aled Jones host the search for the best young singers in the country.

There will be live services for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day on BBC One as well as the much-loved Carols From King’s on BBC Two.

BBC Radio 4 will broadcast live the yearly Nine Lessons And Carols from King’s College Cambridge, as well as Midnight Mass later in the evening.

On Christmas Day listeners can join in a Christmas Service from their homes, recorded at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London.

There will be seasonal reflections and music on BBC Scotland, BBC Wales and BBC Northern Ireland and church services continue every Sunday at 8am across all 39 local radio station, including a Christmas service featuring the new Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell on Sunday 20 December and a festive service on Christmas Day from the Salvation Army with carols and readings.

Charlotte Moore, BBC Chief Content Officer, said: “This year has been a particularly difficult one for many of us and it’s crucial that the BBC helps to bring people together and connect audiences across the UK to mark this special time of year.

“I hope our religious content this Christmas will give audiences an opportunity to reflect on the year that has gone as well as inspiring and uplifting them with a wonderful mix of traditional carols, festive music, spiritual contemplation and live music across television and radio.”

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