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.

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I love the way this game is so tight and fast and knitted together unlike the baggy cardigan of some games I could mention. #SPAGER

I’m now allowing myself the tiniest yelp of excitement #SPAGER

I’m trying not to look forward to this too much because nothing turns a game of football into lead quite like my anticipation #SPAGER

Checkerboard national colours: Croatia and Bavaria (except lozenges). Can’t think of any more. #CROCAN #niche

Take a look at this. It’s good to talk.

Have you noticed everyone’s saying de Brurner instead of de Broyner now?

I don’t think it’s just that KdeB’s national teammates aren’t up to the standard of City - I think he looks like he’s not on … ooh, goal… #BELMAR

Do you think KdeB has lost a bit of pace? Or a bit of confidence? He doesn’t look as sharp as he usually does. #BELMAR

This sounds like it’s happening in Casablanca rather than Doha #BELMOR

Normally I’m a sucker for a giant-killing but I’m with plucky little Belgium today #BELMOR

If you can support this charity you will be doing a fine thing.

It’s the twelfth anniversary of me and D’s Civil Partnership, which we contracted here, in romantic Diss, witnessed only by two friends. We told no one else, but it was the loveliest of days. It wasn’t perfect, but the Act of 2004 changed so many lives for the better.

Talked to a Russian linguist today about untranslatable words. She says ‘toska’, which means a sort of nationalistic homesickness, has no parallel, but I suggested the Welsh word ‘hiraeth’. Anyone know?

Reeling at the discovery that Charlie Bingham pies are Charlie Bigham pies.