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Comic Relief

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.

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35 minutes

Last on

Sun 3 Mar 2013 17:00
BBC One Scotland, Scotland HD only

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.


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.”


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


Role Contributor
PresenterAled Jones
ProducerMark Warburton
Series EditorDavid Taviner
Executive ProducerTommy Nagra
ParticipantTim Vine
ParticipantMary Berry

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