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 he was a Vicar for eleven years. 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. In 2022, Reverend Richard Coles presented Good Grief? a Channel 4 documentary exploring the subject of how to live positively with grief.

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. His debut mystery novel Murder Before Evensong was published by Hachette in June 2022. The second of the series about Canon Daniel Clement will be published in June 2023.

Richard Coles @RevRichardColes

Delighted to be reunited with the @BBCSingers for a brace of Choral Evensongs.

Fantastic news!! 👇👇👇@cspencer1508 @RevRichardColes @CatJarman

Thanks for your kind comments about my imminent departure from Saturday Live. With @cspencer1508 and @CatJarman each week I’m discussing in the most indisciplined way the history of STUFF. It’s available from all your usual podcast providers.

New book coming in June and I’ll be on tour!

I see the King James Version of the Bible is in the news. Powerfully eloquent, it is nevertheless widely held to be late, inaccurate, unreliable, and archaic #ABiblicalScholarWrites

Ep 5 of #rabbitholedetectivesout today folks!

It is the centenary of Marcel Marceau, the most celebrated mime of all, the protégé of Jean-Louis Barrault and hero of the French Jewish Resistance. Michael Jackson credited him as the inspiration for his most dazzling moves.

I’m from Kettering. Perfectly good place, but it ain’t Monte Carlo.

St Nicholas of Flüe today, patron saint of the Swiss Guard, a 15th C hermit who lived in a pile of leaves and ate nothing but communion bread for twenty years. He had a vision of Jesus that was so frightening he adopted thereafter a look of permanent bewilderment.

Calling all cosy crime fans!

We're giving away a signed copy of @RevRichardColes' #MurderBeforeEvensong, plus a £100 National Book Tokens Editions gift card and a luxury @HendricksGin hamper. 🍸

Enter now:

Ooh yes please Little Feat Spanish Moon with Tower of Power on horns.

A piece I wrote yesterday on The Rabbit Hole Detectives - the podcast @RevRichardColes @CatJarman and I present each week. Being part of this podcast does not seem like work - and I know how lucky it is to be able to say that; especially on a Monday, with the sky lead-grey again.

We are delighted to announce that @RevRichardColes Murder Before Evensong has been shortlisted for The British Book Awards Book Of The Year (Crime and Thriller) 2023!

#MurderBeforeEvensong #CanonClement

It is the centenary of the first solo exhibition of work by Picasso in the United States. ‘Original Drawings by Pablo Picasso’ opened on this day in 1923 at the Arts Club in Chicago, and consolidated that city’s reputation as a champion of modernism. Make modernism great again!

Happy Mothering Sunday, mum! Proud to be a mummy’s boy!

Why on earth would anyone invent the viscountcy? One day there’s nothing between a baron and an earl and the next there’s a crowd in their pearly coronets.

One of the great mysteries of all time: how kickers ever get the ball to go between the posts.

I just can’t see why that was a red card #SixNations2023