Next Episode of Songs of Praise is
Season 2017 / Episode 48 and airs on 26 November 2017 15:15
Songs of Praise is a BBC Television religious programme that presents Christian hymns which first aired in October 1961. The first edition was broadcast from the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Cardiff, and the series is one of the longest-running of its kind on television anywhere in the world.
The Reverend Kate Bottley visits Hereford Cathedral and is shown its famous treasure, the mappa mundi, the world's largest surviving medieval map. She also meets a Christian and her family who have farmed the same land for four generations. Top jazz singer Gregory Porter tells JB Gill about his own Christian faith and performs the song When Love Was King. Former military man and bodyguard Stuart Anderson explains how Christianity has impacted his life. Hymns include For All the Saints, Great Is Thy Faithfulness and There Is a Redeemer.
Sean Fletcher visits Milton Keynes as it celebrates its fiftieth anniversary, and he has a kick-about with freestyle footballer Daniel Cutting.
In a special programme, Claire McCollum is in Enniskillen where 30 years ago, an IRA bomb exploded during a Remembrance Day ceremony.
Viewers will hear inspirational stories of hope and faith including the story of Gordon and Joan Wilson, whose daughter Marie was the youngest victim. Joan recalls how her husband's deep Christian faith inspired his famous words hours after the atrocity "I bear no ill will to anyone", which many believe helped the Peace Process.
Sean Fletcher reveals how the MOD is helping relatives of servicemen declared missing in action and meets Alma Williams from Cheshire, who is finally able to bury her brother, 74 years after his death. There are hymns for Remembrance Day from St Macartin's Cathedral, Enniskillen including… O God Our Help In Ages Past and Abide With Me.
Katherine Jenkins is in Windsor to mark Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Philip's 70th wedding anniversary, and she is joined by Prince Michael, who was a pageboy at the wedding. Kate Bottley talks to another couple celebrating their 70th anniversary this year. The programme meets sculptor who designed the commemorative ú5 coin and travels to the Royal Mint to see it being struck. Plus hymns from around the UK, including two of the Queen's favourites, which were sung at her wedding.
David Grant hosts the competition to find the Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of the Year 2017. Five leading amateur choirs take to the stage of Central Hall Westminster in London to compete for the prestigious trophy. The judges are singer-songwriter Seal, broadcaster and worship leader Muyiwa Olarewaju, and award-winning gospel specialist Karen Gibson.
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