A diverse day of TV viewing this Easter Sunday with tributes to both Andrew Lloyd Webber and the new Pope, Francis I, as well as the brand new BBC drama The Village.
Andrew Lloyd Webber: 40 Musical Years, UTV, 6:30pm
Here's a treat for Lloyd Webber fans: an evening of show-stopping performances, one-off collaborations and insights from the man himself on his extraordinary career. Hosted by Michael Ball, it features a star-studded line-up including Nicole Scherzinger, Kimberley Walsh, Melanie C, Myleene Klass, Il Divo, Tim Minchin and Samantha Barks, who will each perform special versions of some of Lloyd Webber’s greatest hits, including songs from Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar and Tell Me On A Sunday.
The Village, BBC 1, 9pm
This brand new drama starring Maxine Peake and John Simm (pictured) charts the life and times of an English village across the past century, as seen through the eyes of one resident. In 1914, twelve-year-old Bert Middleton splits his days between working on the family farm, attending school and having swimming with his older brother Joe. But the farm is a constant struggle for dad John, who has turned to drink, and mum Grace, who sacrifices to hold things together.
Would you belive?, RTÉ 1, 10:30pm
Given the day that’s in it – Easter Sunday - after regular favourites The Voice of Ireland and Dragons’ Den are well over there’s this Would You Believe special report about the new Pope. Before, during and after the Papal conclave, Mick Peelo (pictured, right) was in Rome to hear from leading Catholic thinkers about their hopes and expectations and to witness Pope Francis at work in the first days of his papacy.