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Twt: Bethlehem Christmas

yesterday evening (saturday 24th), 10.07-10.08pm, and 10.31-10.25pm, on bbc radio 4
the world tonight (presented by chris morris) incliudes …

Thousands of people have gathered in Bethlehem for Christmas Eve celebrations, ending with midnight mass. Throughout the day, pilgrims have been treated to parades and carols in Manger Square.”

including reports from …
• bbc reporter yolande knell

Today: Gaza Christmas

this morning (sunday 24th), 7.43-7.47am, on bbc radio 4
today (presented by justin webb and john humphrys) includes …

“For the small Christian community in Gaza, this of course is a time when many dream of getting to Bethlehem, which isn’t after all that far, to celebrate Christmas. However, given the blockade maintained by Israel, it says of course that’s for security reasons, travelling to the West Bank requires special permission, which many do not get.“

including contributions from …
• bbc reporter mishal husain
• sister maria de nazeret
• archbishop pierbattista pizzaballa of jerusalem
• father mario da silva, parish priest of the latin church of the holy family in gaza

Today: Bethlehem Christmas

this morning (sunday 24th), 6.35-6.38am, on bbc radio 4
today (presented by justin webb and john humphrys) includes …

Thousands of people are expected to come to Bethlehem this Christmas. Tourism here has recovered from a big fall that began here late 2015, after that series of stabbings and car-ramming attacks.”

including report from …
• bbc reporter yolande knell

Sunday/W@1: Bethlehem Christmas

today (monday 24th), 7.20-7.24am, and 1.06-1.07pm, on bbc radio 4
sunday (presented by emily buchanan) and world at one (presented by jonny dymond) include …

“St Nicholas’s saint’s-day is still widely celebrated and nowhere more so than amongst the Palestinian Christian town of Beit Jala, next to Bethlehem.”
Thousands of pilgrims have joined Palestinians in Bethlehem for the start of Christmas Eve celebrations. A parade was held in Manger Square with carols in Arabic played through speakers.”

including reports from …
• bbc reporter yolande knell

Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas

last night (saturday 22nd), 11.35pm-12.25am, on bbc 1 tv
dreaming of a jewish christmas

”Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas tells the story of a group of brilliant Jewish songwriters, including Irving Berlin, Mel Torme, Jay Livingston, Ray Evans, Gloria Shayne Baker and Johnny Marks, who wrote the soundtrack to Christianity’s most musical holiday. It’s an amazing tale of immigrant outsiders who became irreplaceable players in pop culture’s mainstream – a generation of songwriters who found in Christmas the perfect holiday in which to imagine a better world, and for at least one day a year, make us believe in it.”

including contributions from …
• ethnomusicologist rob bowman
• comedy entrepreneur mark breslin
• comedian jackie mason
• rabbi joshua plaut, author of a kosher christmas
• music educator rob kapilow
• journalist robert harris
• fr thomas rosica, congregation of saint basil
steve march-torme, son of mel torme
• journalist jennifer 8 lee
• comedian lisa geduldig
• lawyer alan dershowitz
mirjam wenzel, director, frankfurt jewish museum
• comedian ophira eisenberg
• composer ben sidran

Sunday: Bethlehem at Christmas

this morning (sunday 24th), 7.25-7.30am, and 7.43-7.46am, on bbc radio 4
sunday (presented by edward stourton) includes …

Yolande Knell soaks up the atmosphere in Bethlehem’s Manger Square as Christians worldwide prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus.”
“A Muslim, a Hindu and a Jewish family describe what they get up to on the 25th December.”

including contributions from …
• bbc reporter yolande knell
• journalist angela epstein
sophie epstein, 13

Sophie’s Light

yesterday afternoon (monday 19th), 2.15-3.00pm, on bbc radio 4
sophie’s light (by adam usden) (in the drama series)

“A father is torn between his Jewish heritage and his love for his daughter when she becomes convinced that Santa Claus is real. A heartwarming festive drama about learning to live in two places at once.”


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