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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Extra tintinnabulation at reveille.

On #bbcsaturdaylive today we meet Alan Davies and talk childhood, we meet Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason and talk raising prodigies, we meet Barbara Butcher and talk her grandfather’s WW1 watch, and we meet Simpsons actor Harry Shearer, and talk Mr Burns’ nomination to the Supreme Court.

I lunched today with an army pal, ex officio Baron of the Cinque Ports, among his perks the right to take home any whales washed up on Dover Beach that the Queen doesn’t want.

Henry VI. Looks like me, I think, minus the specs.

L’Shana Tovah, everybody, from Finedon Vicarage!

Daisy, so elegant to look at, tonight smells like a dead seal on a sweltering beach.

Such a brilliant cast, such brilliant performances in #Des - and someone I don’t think I have seen before, the excellent Laurie Kynaston as Carl.

Mrs Chapman’s gooseberry jam. Oh my goodness....

I just tried to turn Alexa off, but couldn’t remember her name.

It is the centenary of the birth of Dinah Sheridan, who starred in two great British films, Genevieve, and The Railway Children, co-starred in the sitcom Don’t Wait Up, and was mother to Jenny from Magpie and the Tory cabinet minister Sir Jeremy Hanley.

Voila! My first - and last - attempt at #crabapplejelly, which I discovered had unknotted itself and fallen into the bowl beneath, and my utility room is now shiny with a delicious, sticky glaze. DO NOT LAUGH.

How very flattering! I can tell you I really enjoyed it!

I have invented The Acme De-Evaporator, a Total Solution to negative pulp-straining thermodynamic loss #crabapplejelly

I’ve read no fiction better than #themirrorandthelight this year. Surprised it’s not on the shortlist. But then I realise I haven’t read anything on the shortlist.

How about Hummel’s Concerto for Piano and Violin to accompany the Prague Symphony? Czech born, and taught by Mozart? It’s very sprightly. #essentialclassics @BBCRadio3

YESSS #crabapplejelly