The Daily Service

The Daily Service is a short Christian service broadcast every weekday morning between 9.45 and 10.00 on BBC Radio 4 (long wave and DAB). Originally aired from Savoy Hill and then Broadcasting House, the service was moved on the outbreak of war in 1939, first to Bristol and later to the Trinity Chapel of St Paul's Church, Bedford, under the musical direction of Dr George Thalben-Ball.[1] In 1945 the service returned to a studio in Broadcasting House.

For many years The Daily Service was broadcast live from All Souls Church, Langham Place, the church adjacent to Broadcasting House. In 1993, when the Religion and Ethics department of the BBC moved to Manchester, its new base became Emmanuel Church, Didsbury, a suburb in South Manchester.[2] In 2017, live services moved from Emmanuel Church Didsbury to Media City UK in Salford. using the Philharmonic Studio, MPAS studio or a radio studio in Dock House. This move was driven by cost and logistical issues, and was facilitated by the installation of an electronic organ in the Philharmonic Studio. Since 2018 live choirs and music groups have often been replaced by specially pre-recorded segments, again for logistical reasons and to make cost savings. Due to practical restrictions imposed on broadcasting by the Covid-19 pandemic, since March 2020 presenters have pre-recorded the services remotely and music is provided mainly by commercial CDs.The service of today combines hymns, prayers and reflections by a variety of ministers and laypeople and has evolved to reflect the range of contemporary worship styles in the UK.

First transmitted on 2 January 1928 (though not listed in the Radio Times before 16 January), it is now the longest-running programme on British radio. Until 30 June 1928, it was broadcast under the title A Short Religious Service.


  1. ^ "BBC Religion & Ethics". Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Religion & Ethics". BBC. Retrieved 2013-08-17.

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