„It is hardly surprising that Coles seems little like a conventional priest: he is the epitome of the irreverent reverend. And his pop career isn’t the only thing that sets him apart from the popular image of the Anglican cleric. When The Communards split up in the late Eighties, Coles carved out a successful career as a television and radio presenter. And from April 9, he takes over Fi Glover’s Radio 4 programme, Saturday Live. ‘‘It has a lot of similarities with my job as a priest,’’ he says. ‘‘I will be doing a lot of human interest interviews. It involves empathising and listening. Which is a lot of what my day job is about. And, frankly, the priesthood isn’t without its element of showbusiness.’’ „

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