Richard Coles

Richard Coles


The Reverend Richard Coles is an English musician, writer, Church of England priest, and co-presenter of Saturday Live on BBC Radio 4. He read Theology at King’s College London, and after ordination worked as a curate in Lincolnshire, then in central London, before coming to Finedon in Northamptonshire, where is Vicar. He was the multi-instrumentalist who partnered Jimmy Somerville in the 1980s band the Communards, which achieved three Top Ten hits, including the Number 1 record and best-selling single of 1986, a club/dance version of “Don’t Leave Me This Way”.

Reverend Richard Coles is co-presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live and is regularly seen as a guest panelist on shows such as Would I Lie To You?, Have I Got News For You and QI. Often described as Britain’s most famous vicar, Richard was the inspiration for the main character in the BBC hit comedy Rev, a programme for which he also served as consultant.

He is the author of Fathomless Riches, Bringing in the Sheaves, Lives and Legends of the Improbable Saints, and most recently, The Madness of Grief, which was a Sunday Times bestseller. He lives in the Vicarage at Finedon with his dachshunds.

Richard Coles @RevRichardColes

“Give me a bushel of parsnips and four pence ha’penny worth of snuff, good mercer!”

“At once Sir, only they’re stuck in a climate controlled warehouse near Spalding”.

“Drat you, intransigent continentals!”

Exciting news reaches me at Elstree Studios that my favourite coat has been reproofed and awaits collection from the Barbour lady (also me and Backy #namedrop)

I love Sandy Brown’s ceramics. I visited her yesterday at her studio in Appledore, Devon, and fell in love with this.

At Taunton. There used to be a cracking joke shop here. I bought stink bombs and with them delighted the Royal School of Church Music Summer School of 1974.

Announcer lady on the train says “Reading” like it’s a complementary month on Mustique.

I knew I would like this lady from the angle she had tilted her laptop #nuance

I’m on one of those new tableless plugless open plan trains. All the glamour and romance of a G4S van on its way to Belmarsh.

I would give half my kingdom to Facebook if it stopped sending me suggestions for GIFs when I’m trying to post something, if it had not already annexed three quarters of my kingdom by stealth and evil.

Had great fun doing the UKSTT Awards at Peterborough tonight and can report that Thanet’s sewers are in excellent hands.

I am with the @chillipipers in Peterborough surrounded by big machines! Heaven!

I have been allowed to play on a magnificent Vermeer D40x55 S3.

Who would print the barcode under the seam on a packet of wholemeal pittas? WHO?!

It is the 1100th anniversary of the murder of Ludmila, Good King Wenceslaus’ granny. Her daughter in law, jealous of her influence, had her strangled with her own veil at the castle of Tetín. She is patron saint of those with difficult in laws.

It is Holy Cross Day, Finedon Feast, when the Statice, the Statute Hiring Fair, came so farmers could hire labourers for a year-and-a-day. Ales were held in the church that became so rowdy that in 1792 the Squire replaced them with a fun fair on Tainty Field, last here in 2018.

Did you know the Earls of Rosebery are Chiefs of Clan Primrose? #InsomniaBonus

Insomnia has taken advantage of frozen shoulder and a sneezing dog to sail her gaudy flotilla down Lethe, sounding tuckets and alarums.

I’ve only been back one day and look…

The jackdaws have been at my north lawn #simplecountryparson

Coming up on Saturday, people.