Comic Relief

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Duration: 35 minutes

To celebrate the 25th birthday of Red Nose Day, comedian Tim Vine joins Aled Jones to launch a unique hymn-singing challenge and TV cook Mary Berry discovers how donations are turned into good food for one church-based project. This week's hymns, from around the UK, include I'll Go In The Strength Of The Lord and To God Be The Glory.

Music Played

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Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Brother Sister Let Me Serve You - Choir and Congregation of St Botolph's Church

    Words: Richard Gillard, Music: The Servant Song

  • I'll Go In The Strength of the Lord - Choir and Congregation of Town Hall Birmingham

    Words: Edward Turney, Music: Ivor Bosanko, Arranger: Peter Graham

  • To God Be The Glory - Choir and Congregation of Christ Church, New Mill

    Composer: W. H. Doane (1832-1915), Arranger: Robert Ramskill, Words: Fanny Crosby

  • What A Wonderful Change - Choir and Congregation of St Thomas's Church, Lancaster

    Tune: McDaniel, Music: Charles H. Gabriel, Words: Rufus H. McDaniel

  • Be Thou My Vision - St George's College choir

    Music: Irish Trad, Arranger: S. Grahl, Conductor: Tansy Castledine

  • I Stand Amazed (How Marvellous) - Choir and Congregation of All Saints Church, Peckham

    Conductor: Noel Tredinnick, Music & Words: Charles H Gabriel

  • Jesus Loves Me - Pete James

    Music & Words: Pete James, Publisher: Elevation Music

  • Factsheet for Sunday the 3rd of March 2013

    To celebrate 25 years of Red Nose Day, Aled Jones is joined by Tim Vine to launch the Songs of Praise Hymnathon Challenge. Queen of bake-offs Mary Berry goes behind the scenes at a Wolverhampton food project.  Charity founders Jessie Joe Jacobs of A Way Out and Mary Mosinghi of Africare describe how Comic Relief’s funding has changed lives at home and abroad.  Hymns come from around the UK including Holmfirth in West Yorkshire, and Birmingham Town Hall. There’s a brand new performance from singer-songwriter Pete James with his own song Jesus Loves Me.

  • Songs of Praise Hymnathon

    Stand-up comedian Tim Vine joins forces with Aled Jones and Songs of Praise’s Senior School Choir of the Year at St George’s College, Weybridge. Together they launch the Hymnathon Challenge to raise funds for 2013 Red Nose Day.

  • Interviewees

    The star of the Great British Bake Off, The Mary Berry Story and The Great Comic Relief Bake Off  - visits The Good Shepherd Project in Wolverhampton. With the help of Comic Relief, Brother Stephen Brennan and volunteers offer free food to anyone who asks for it.  Mary, who is a Christian and says she grew up learning “to serve our neighbours”, joins the team for a day.

    MARY MOSINGHI – Giving back to her homeland
    Mary moved to the UK in the late 1980s to escape unrest in Uganda which killed her father and brother. Motivated by her faith, she founded Africare to provide help to Ugandan villagers whose lives were torn apart by HIV and Aids. Eight years later, and with Comic Relief’s backing, Mary has seen the lives of hundreds of adults and children transformed.

    JESSIE JOE JACOBS – One person’s vision changing thousands of lives
    Teenage life left Jessie in a relationship with a drug addict. After a fresh experience of Christian faith, she found a way out. But struck by the similar circumstances of other women, she set up her own charity in Stockton-on-Tees. Comic Relief was her first funder ten years ago, and A Way Out has now helped rescue around 5,000 women from addiction, prostitution and domestic abuse.

    TIM VINE – Laughter is a gift from God
    Never short of a one-liner or two, award-winning comedian Tim tells Aled how belief in God inspires him to entertain others and make them laugh. He says, “laughter is a gift from God. There’s nothing you can think of about laughter that’s bad, can you?”. He agrees that faith and comedy can go hand in hand, and “they can go skipping down a lane together.”

  • Locations

    The Chapel, St George’s College, Weybridge Road, Addlestone, Surrey

    White City Community Centre, India Way, London

    St Michael and St George’s Church, Commonwealth Avenue, White City, London

    St Thomas’ Church, Philadelphia Campus, Gilpin Street, Sheffield

    A Way Out, The Gate, Castlegate Quay, The Riverside, Stockton-on-Tees

    Good Shepherd Project, Darlington Street Methodist Church, Wolverhampton


Aled Jones
Mark Warburton
Series Editor
David Taviner
Executive Producer
Tommy Nagra
Tim Vine
Mary Berry


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