Next Episode of Songs of Praise is
Season 2018 / Episode 4 and airs on 28 January 2018 14:00
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.
An audience of 5,000 sing at the Royal Albert Hall to celebrate New Year's Eve. The programme features performances by former Westlife star Shane Filan, Mary-Jess and the boys' choir Libera.
To mark Epiphany, Sean Fletcher is in Durham for the UK's largest light festival. He joins tens of thousands of visitors who come to see the medieval city and towering cathedral transformed by light installations. Falling each year on 6 January, Epiphany is the twelfth day of Christmas and marks the end of the festive period. Sometimes known as three kings day, it is a time to remember the story of the wise men led by a star to Bethlehem to worship the infant Jesus. Sean meets professor of physics Tom McLeish to discover more about this part of the Christmas story and explores the great cathedral to learn more about its rich Christian history.
Katherine Jenkins hosts a special programme which joins Her Majesty the Queen to celebrate 150 years of the Christian charity Scripture Union. Hymn writer Bishop Timothy Dudley Smith reveals how his faith continues to inspire him to write music, even in his nineties. And Pam Rhodes meets Douglas Gresham, the stepson of CS Lewis, to find out how he let the light of his Christian faith shine through his children's books.
Hymns and songs from the historic Methodist Central Hall Westminster with guest Julian Lloyd Webber, who reminisces about his father's time there as organist. The Rev Tony Miles and Rev Martyn Atkins reveal the hall's links to the United Nations. Connie Fisher visits the St Vincent's Family Project supporting local young families and children, and she hears from performers from the West End's musical theatre about the challenges of being a Christian in the world of show business.
Sean Fletcher joins his church's 4am tea run in London's Covent Garden to mark Homeless Sunday. The Rev Kate Bottley meets a teenager in Preston who creates unique gift bags for those living on the street, and we meet the man converting old shipping containers into ingenious new homes in Bristol. Plus hymns from around the country, including When I Needed a Neighbour and Beauty for Brokenness.
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