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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.

Genres: Music
Station: BBC One (UK)
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Status: Running
Start: 1961-10-01

Songs of Praise Season 2016 Air Dates


S2016E01 - 03/01/2016 Air Date: 03 January 2016 16:25 -

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Ann Widdecombe goes behind the scenes at drama 'Father Brown'. Aled hears about Hen Power and how it can help battle loneliness.


S2016E02 - 10/01/2016 Air Date: 10 January 2016 13:15 -

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Hymns and songs from around the UK.


S2016E03 - 17/01/2016 Air Date: 17 January 2016 16:25 -

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John Craven uncovers acts of kindness and community spirit in Cumbria which was recently devastated by floods.


S2016E04 - 24/01/2016 Air Date: 24 January 2016 16:30 -

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David Grant visits a rehab centre were the addicts are turning to God to try and stop their addictions to drug and alcohol.


S2016E05 - 31/01/2016 Air Date: 31 January 2016 13:15 -

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Libby Lane discusses the challenges she has faced as the first female British in the COE, in the past 12 months.


S2016E06 - 07/02/2016 Air Date: 07 February 2016 16:15 -

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Josie D'Arby celebrates Chinese New Year, joining a missionary from Barnsley who is responsible for changing the course of Christianity in China.


S2016E07 - 14/02/2016 Air Date: 14 February 2016 16:15 -

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Connie Fisher explores the village dubbed the kindest place to live in the UK.


S2016E08 - 21/02/2016 Air Date: 21 February 2016 13:15 -

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David Grant see's how the Church of England have creative new ideas to encourage new members.


S2016E09 - 28/02/2016 Air Date: 28 February 2016 16:15 -

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Aled Jones visits Port Talbot, the home of Britain's largest steelworks. Elsewhere Richard Taylor traces the history of the patron of saint of Wales.


S2016E10 - 06/03/2016 Air Date: 06 March 2016 17:00 -

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Pam Rhodes meets grandmothers who are devoting their lives to becoming full-time carers for their grandchildren.


S2016E11 - 13/03/2016 Air Date: 13 March 2016 17:05 -

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Josie d'Arby visits Birmingham Children's Hospital to dsicover how singing is helping patients on the wards.


S2016E12 - 20/03/2016 Air Date: 20 March 2016 16:45 -

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S2016E13 - 27/03/2016 Air Date: 27 March 2016 16:30 -

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For Easter Sunday, Pam Rhodes goes behind the scenes at a community passion play in Poole to discover how it's changing lives.


S2016E14 - School Choir of the Year Air Date: 03 April 2016 15:15 -

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Aled Jones hosts the junior semi-final of the School Choir of the Year Competition from Sheffield City Hall, with six choirs hoping to impress judges Katherine Jenkins, Connie Fisher and Ken Burton.


S2016E15 - School Choir of the Year Air Date: 10 April 2016 16:15 -

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Six choirs sing for a place in the final of the Senior School Choir of the Year competition from Sheffield City Hall with judges Katherine Jenkins, Connie Fisher and Ken Burton and Aled Jones presenting.


S2016E16 - 17/04/2016 Air Date: 17 April 2016 15:25 -

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As HM the Queen reaches her 90th birthday on Thursday, Pam Rhodes finds out more about her faith and we reveal some surprising facts about England's patron saint, St George.


S2016E17 - School Choir of the Year. Air Date: 24 April 2016 14:50 -

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Aled Jones presents the grand final of the School Choir of the Year competition from Sheffield City Hall with judges Katherine Jenkins, Connie Fisher and Ken Burton deciding 2016's Junior and Senior School Champions.


S2016E18 - 01/05/2016 Air Date: 01 May 2016 15:00 -

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Four hundred years after the death of William Shakespeare, Simon Callow investigates the great bard's spirituality, and Josie d'Arby joins in the celebrations as the great and the good come together in Stratford-upon-Avon.


S2016E19 - 08/05/2016 Air Date: 08 May 2016 16:15 -

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Sally Magnusson is in Belfast to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme and the Easter Rising, two events which shaped the history of Ireland. Plus a competition for all Rugby League Fans.


S2016E20 - 15/05/2016 Air Date: 15 May 2016 16:15 -

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For Pentecost Sunday Connie Fisher meets the bloggers and tweeters spreading the Christian message. Plus the Benedictine nun and her pet dog with thousands of followers online.


S2016E21 - 22/05/2016 Air Date: 22 May 2016 15:55 -

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For Dementia Awareness Week, Pam Rhodes finds out how the recreation of a 1950s street is helping people with the disease. And the programme joins a spectacular pageant in Liverpool inspired by Pope John Paul II.


S2016E22 - 29/05/2016 Air Date: 29 May 2016 15:55 -

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For Dementia Awareness Week, Pam Rhodes finds out how the recreation of a 1950s street is helping people with the disease. And the programme joins a spectacular pageant in Liverpool inspired by Pope John Paul II.


S2016E23 - 05/06/2016 Air Date: 05 June 2016 16:15 -

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Gospel singer Ruby Turner surprises the passengers at Birmingham New Street Station with a flash mob-style performance of Gospel classic This Train in celebration of BBC Music Day. With hymns and songs that celebrate the power of music.


S2016E24 - 12/06/2016 Air Date: 12 June 2016 11:40 -

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Josie d'Arby joins 25,000 people at the annual Big Church Day Out in West Sussex, meeting festival-goers, people working behind the scenes and some of the top names in global Christian music performing on the main stage.


S2016E25 - 19/06/2016 Air Date: 19 June 2016 14:40 -

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For Father's Day, David Grant explores what makes a great dad, from the mountaineer raising money to help children like his son, to blogger EuGene and his family sharing top tips on fatherhood.


S2016E26 - 26/06/2016 Air Date: 26 June 2016 14:30 -

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Sally Magnusson visits the Somme to commemorate one of the bloodiest battles in the history of the British Army and retrace the experiences of the devout young men who heard the call of duty.


S2016E27 - 03/07/2016 Air Date: 03 July 2016 11:25 -

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On Battle of Britain Memorial Day, Pam Rhodes visits RAF Duxford, a former Spitfire pilot shares his memories, and Laura Mvula performs a new song.


S2016E28 - Tribute to a Queen - The Big Sing Air Date: 10 July 2016 14:55 -

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A musical tribute from the Royal Albert Hall to Her Majesty the Queen, with special guests Lesley Garrett, Alexander Armstrong and a choir of five thousand voices.


S2016E29 - 17/07/2016 Air Date: 17 July 2016 16:15 -

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Following the referendum result, Songs of Praise explores how Christians are reacting to Brexit, and there are uplifting hymns and songs from across the UK.


S2016E30 - 24/07/2016 Air Date: 24 July 2016 16:10 -

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Josie d'Arby visits the tiny Hebridean island of Iona to experience its unique spirituality, while on the Northern Irish coast teenagers combine surfing and faith.


S2016E31 - 31/07/2016 Air Date: 31 July 2016 13:55 -

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Ahead of the Olympics in Rio, Josie d'Arby returns to the venue for London 2012 to meet Olympic heroes and hopefuls, and Pam Rhodes is in the Lake District to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter.


S2016E32 - 07/08/2016 Air Date: 07 August 2016 15:25 -

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Josie d'Arby marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of one of Britain's most famous landscape gardeners, Lancelot "Capability" Brown, and Aled Jones samples some biblically-inspired beers, with inspirational hymns and music from across the UK.


S2016E33 - 14/08/2016 Air Date: 14 August 2016 15:25 -

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Josie d'Arby finds out how Christians in the Gypsy and Traveller community express their faith, and enjoys the rich heritage inside Britain's only Romany museum.


S2016E34 - 21/08/2016 Air Date: 21 August 2016 15:25 -

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As the Notting Hill Carnival celebrates its 50th anniversary, Robert Beckford finds out about the Christian origins of carnival and meets the people who put their faith into the festival. Plus music from across the country and a special performance by Heather Small.


S2016E35 - 28/08/2016 Air Date: 28 August 2016 16:15 -

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It is the big day for Aled Jones and the winners of the Rugby League Challenge Cup Fans Choir Competition as they step on to the pitch at Wembley to sing Abide with Me, accompanied by 80,000 fans at the Challenge Cup final.


S2016E36 - 04/09/2016 Air Date: 04 September 2016 16:15 -

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To mark Mother Teresa being canonised, Ann Widdecombe explores the making of a saint, and we meet a former orphan who owes his life to Mother Teresa's care. Plus inspirational hymns and music from across the UK.


S2016E37 - 11/09/2016 Air Date: 11 September 2016 16:10 -

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On the 15th anniversary of 9/11, Sally Magnusson meets Christians who have responded with faith, hope and love in the face of attacks on their freedom. And Terry Waite reflects on 25 years since his release from captivity. Hymns include How Deep the Father's Love and There Is a Redeemer.


S2016E38 - 18/09/2016 Air Date: 18 September 2016 16:15 -

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It is London Fashion Week, and David Grant is on the catwalk in Old Spitalfields Market to meet models with a difference. TV reverend Kate Bottley tries out some couture clergy wear.


S2016E39 - 25/09/2016 Air Date: 25 September 2016 16:00 -

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The Great Fire of London in 1666 was described as an act of God, Pam Rhodes explores why and discovers the new city churches that formed the heart of the city that rose from the ashes.

With inspirational hymns and music from across the UK.


S2016E40 - Conscientious Objectors Air Date: 02 October 2016 15:15 -

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Pam Rhodes is at the former Rowntree's chocolate factory in York, discovering how the Rowntree family supported wartime Quakers facing imprisonment as conscientious objectors. Hymns include Mighty to Save and How Deep the Father's Love.


S2016E41 - The Big Sing Air Date: 09 October 2016 15:10 -

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Fabulous favourite hymns, old and new, from the spectacular Royal Albert Hall, with guest stars Michael Ball and Alfie Boe, Laura Mvula and the Priests.


S2016E42 - 16/10/2016 Air Date: 16 October 2016 15:15 -

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TV vicar Rev Kate Bottley goes behind the scenes at London's iconic Billingsgate Fish Market as she prepares for a Harvest Festival of the Sea. With inspirational hymn-singing and music from across the UK.


S2016E43 - 23/10/2016 Air Date: 23 October 2016 15:15 -

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To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Aberfan disaster, which claimed the lives of 144 people, including 116 children, Aled Jones hears from two people speaking for the first time about the day that changed their lives and shocked the world.


S2016E44 - Gospel Choir of the Year 2016 - Part One Air Date: 30 October 2016 17:10 -

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Soul-stirring gospel music fills the Hackney Empire as six of Britain's top amateur choirs begin their quest to be Gospel Choir of the Year.


S2016E45 - Gospel Choir of the Year 2016 - Part Two Air Date: 06 November 2016 16:55 -

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David Grant introduces six of the country's best amateur gospel choirs, and one of them is named Gospel Choir of the Year.


S2016E46 - Remembrance Air Date: 13 November 2016 17:15 -

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On Remembrance Sunday, Sally Magnusson is at RAF Brize Norton, the airbase which the fallen are flown home to.

Plus the programmes hears from a 97-year-old veteran of the Arctic convoys, and Russell Watson sings the Lord's Prayer.


S2016E47 - 20/11/2016 Air Date: 20 November 2016 13:30 -

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Professor Robert Beckford explores the impact of Britain's first black churches on the nation's Christian culture and visits the UK's first known New Testament Church of God.


S2016E48 - 27/11/2016 Air Date: 27 November 2016 17:20 -

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For Advent Sunday, Connie Fisher meets a man who gave the precious gift of life to a relative stranger, and worship leader Matt Redman sings his new Christmas song.


S2016E49 - 04/12/2016 Air Date: 04 December 2016 17:20 -

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Inspiring hymns and songs, together with uplifting stories of faith from around the UK and beyond.


S2016E50 - 11/12/2016 Air Date: 11 December 2016 17:20 -

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The Reverend Kate Bottley joins a special Christmas trip to Lapland with the families of children with serious illnesses. Plus The Military Wives perform a Christmas song. Carols include O Christmas Tree and What Child Is This.


S2016E51 - Dunster by Candlelight Air Date: 18 December 2016 16:40 -

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It's Christmas by candlelight as David Grant visits the medieval town of Dunster to take part in their candlelit procession and to sing special Somerset carols. Plus a performance of O Holy Night by Katie Melua.


S2016E52 - The Christmas Big Sing Air Date: 25 December 2016 11:00 -

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Gareth Malone and Laura Mvula join Aled Jones for a feast of favourite carols and festive music in a seasonal special from the Royal Albert Hall.

Songs of Praise Actors

Connie Fisher(Presenter)

Josie D'Arby(Presenter)

Bill Turnbull(Presenter)

Aled Jones(Presenter)

Dan Walker(Presenter)

David Grant(Presenter)

Pam Rhodes(Presenter)

Sally Magnusson(Presenter)

Diane-Louise Jordan(Presenter)

Claire McCollum(Presenter)



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Season 2016 / Episode 49 and airs on 04 December 2016 17:20

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