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.

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Nice to catch the last day of summer with a legendary sunseeker #namedrop

Inclusive Church Eucharist at St Mark’s Wellingborough, Anglo Catholic Charismatic on an estate routinely and unfairly disparaged, then a magnificent spread in the Vicarage garden. One of those events that makes it possible to love the C of E.

Lady at next table has asked for lightly poached eggs with mushrooms “minus the murhrooms and the eggs well done”.

Liam’s buns #bbcsaturdaylive

Help this dog, custodians of heritage especially, please.

Wel, there are few things finer than hearing @AlisonMoyet sing Nobody Knows at a Michel Legrand tribute concert at the Festival Hall with James Pearson on the piano and the Ronnie Scott Jazz Orchestra.

Salve bureaux managers! Vale John!

Gerald Scarfe is on #bbcsaturdaylive tomorrow

It is the Feast of John Coleridge Patterson, first Bishop of Melanesia, and the only martyr (I think) to have played first class cricket. He used to swim ashore wearing a top hat full of gifts but the gesture was misinterpreted one day in 1871 and he was killed.