Written by PTC | Published April 1, 2021
This week millions are celebrating Holy Week and Passover. But because of COVID restrictions and ongoing lockdowns, many are unable to travel for spring break, attend in-person religious services or celebrate with family and friends as they ordinarily would. Even if your plans have been curtailed by COVID, you can still make this time with your family meaningful and memorable.
Many networks have scheduled pro-faith and family-friendly entertainment for this weekend. Below is a snapshot of what’s available this weekend, including kid-friendly cartoons, original productions, timeless classics, and faith-based programming.
Resurrection on Discovery+
Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, who produced The Bible Series, Son of God, AD and Ben Hur have a created a new Biblical epic available exclusively on Discovery+.
It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown on Apple TV+ and Amazon Prime
Instead of the Great Pumpkin, this 1974 Peanuts special features Snoopy as the "Easter Beagle."
Peter Rabbit on Amazon Prime
Beatrix Potter’s beloved Peter Rabbit comes to life on the big screen in this feature film that combines live action and animation.
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Friday, April 2
The Chosen on UP Faith and Family (Multiple Airings)
The largest crowdfunded media project ever made, The Chosen is the first multi-season series about the life of Jesus Christ.
The Passion of the Christ on UP Faith and Family at 9 p.m.
The Passion of The Christ dramatically captures the last 12 hours of Christ’s life on Earth, based on the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. This film will be presented with limited commercial interruption.
Ben-Hur on TCM at 8 p.m.
William Wyler’s Biblical epic starring Charlton Heston as a rebellious Israelite prince who crosses paths with Jesus Christ.
Saturday, April 3
Facing the Giants on UP Faith and Family at 2 p.m.
A losing high school football coach uses his undying faith to battle the giants of fear and failure to transform his life and that of his team.
Fireproof on UP Faith and Family at 4:30 p.m.
The marriage of Caleb and Catherine Holt is in crisis and they decide to divorce. However, Caleb’s father, John, proposes that his son delays their separation process for forty days and follow a procedure called “The Love Dare” to make them love each other again.
Courageous on UP Faith and Family at 7 p.m.
When a tragedy strikes close to home, four police officers struggle with their faith and their roles as husbands and fathers; together they make a decision that will change all of their lives.
Sunday, April 4
2nd Annual Stellar Music of Hope Easter Special on UP Faith and Family at 10 a.m.
Hosted by award-winning Gospel Music Artists, Jekalyn Carr and Tauren Wells; The 2nd Annual Stellar Music of Hope Easter special is a music offering of hopeful and soul healing classics performed by Yolanda Adams, Marvin Sapp, Donnie MCclurkin, Karen Clark Sheard, JJ Hairston, Kierra Sheard, Rich Tolbert, Jr., Cece Winans, Pastor Mike, Jr. Evvie McKinney, Jonathan Traylor and Doe.
When Last We Spoke on UP Faith and Family at 7 p.m.
In 1967, two sisters are abandoned and raised by grandparents in the town of Fireside. Humor, heartbreak and triumph are served with whipped cream and lots of local nuts in this heartwarming tale of family, friendship and forgiveness.
The Ten Commandments on ABC at 8 p.m.
Biblical epic about the life of Moses and the Israelites exodus from Egypt.
Easter Parade on TCM at 8 p.m.
A classic boy-meets-girl love story set against an Easter backdrop with dazzling song and dance numbers performed by Hollywood legends Judy Garland and Fred Astaire.