Today's story is "The Big River" by Elizabeth and Gerald Rose
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Reporting the world tonight John Timpson, Peter Woods and the reporters and correspondents of BBC News
An award-winning documentary about the extraordinary peninsula from which three of the world great religions derived their inspiration; about the biblical mountain itself and the unique Greek Orthodox monastery of St Catherine where men have prayed, studied, and worshipped uninterruptedly for over 1,400 years.
Written and narrated by David Holden
A Bavarian Television/BBC co-production
Photographed and produced by:
by Heinrich Schutz
Jesus: John Shirley-Quirk (baritone)
The Evangelists: April Cantelo (soprano), Maureen Lehane (alto), Robert Tear (tenor), Don Garrard (bass)
with Charles Spinks (chamber-organ), Robert Spencer (chitarrone) Heinrich Schutz Choir and Ensemble of Strings conducted by Roger Norrington
The Seven Last Words which Jesus spoke as he died on the Cross form the central point of Christian meditation on Good Friday. Heinrich Schutz, the greatest German composer before Bach, was a devout Christian. This work, written about 1645 is a simple, concise setting of Christ's last words, linked by narrative.
In this performance the production reflects this symmetry and the underlying drama of the work. Schutz drew his text from all four Gospels: it will be sung in an English translation adapted to modern idiom. The performance was recorded in the beautiful Wren church of St Stephen Walbrook in the city of London and includes Rembrandt paintings of the Passion of Christ.
by George Eliot
Dramatised in six parts by Alexander Baron
Gordon Wilkins covers the world of motoring with Michael Frostick.
Petrol is often the most expensive part of a motoring holiday, and this Easter weekend 8 million cars are expected to be on the road. How far can extra mpg cut the cost of motoring? Some petrol companies claim that their fuel gives added mileage: is this true? Wheelbase looks for some answers along the 1,000-mile route of the Mobil Economy Run, an annual event in which 40 family motorists use good maintenance and every kind of driving technique to cover the maximum number of miles on a gallon.
A new series of outstanding feature films from more than twenty different countries
This week: from Yugoslavia starring Bekim Fehmiu, Gordana Jovanovic, Bata Zivojinovic
A young feather trader falls in love with his rival's stepdaughter and disrupts the life of the gypsy community.
Bekim Fehmiu, who stars in the new Harold Robbins film The Adventurers, gives a lively performance as Bora.