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”. He is the author of Fathomless Riches, Bringing in the Sheaves, and Lives and Legends of the Improbable Saints. He lives in the Vicarage at Finedon with his civil partner and four dachshunds.

Richard Coles @RevRichardColes

Vada my hostess’s ruby chard!

This is the best thing in the world.

Chefs! What do you do with the uncookable indigestible spine of a cavolo nero leaf?

Nice to see Eastbourne remembering the 86th anniversary of Bloody Thursday.

Talk to a pal in IT. They’re developing Smart Clothes, not tailored shirts and a little black dress, but clothes that monitor your biometrics and tell you if you need to get checked out. Fancy being refused insurance because your corsets tell the Pru you can’t say no to chips?

Cream sherry. Very very good.

On #bbcsaturdaylive at nine, Barnesy, Sally Phillipsy, Fun Lovin’ Criminalsy, intercontinental family reunion, and a mudlark.

Stickier, stealthier condiment:

Ordained fifteen years ago today. In that time I have solved few crimes but done a lot of photocopying #realitycheck

I’m interviewing John Barnes on Saturday, one of my favourite players of the 90s, and I’ve just realised, watching #MOTD, that’s who one of my favourite players now, Kevin de Bruyne, reminds me of.

What’s the point of covered bridges, like you get in Vermont and Massachusetts and such like?

@RevRichardColes And @UniNorthants was equally supportive in offering accommodation to @NorthantsPolice officers who might need to isolate to protect their families during lockdown. Gave those of us working on wellbeing and welfare a real response to officers challenged by balancing work and home

Here it is again, people!

My strong and steady cadence fails when cycling into gusts and gales.

Intermittent rain, the cyclist’s bane.