Comic Relief Songs of Praise


Comic Relief

To celebrate 25 years of Red Nose Day, Tim Vine joins Aled to launch a hymn-singing challenge, and Mary Berry sees how donations are used in one church-based project.


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It's 25 years since the very first Red Nose Day,

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and just under two weeks till this year's Comic Relief.

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Millions of pounds have been raised for good causes over the years,

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and here on Songs Of Praise, we're launching our very own

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fundraising challenge, involving a few famous faces.

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Is that comedian Tim Vine?

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Yes, this week, we're seeing the life-changing results of

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Comic Relief's work with charities here at home and in Africa.

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Bake-Off star Mary Berry is on a mission in Wolverhampton,

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and we've plenty of great hymns from around the UK.

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Cliff Richard!

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For the last quarter of a century,

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Comic Relief has been urging us to be cheerful givers.

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# Living doll

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# Living doll! #

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Juliet, Juliet!

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It all began with a comedy show in a London theatre.

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And, believe it or not,

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the first Red Nose Day hit our screens back in 1988.

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Since then, the organisation has raised £800 million.

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The vision of Comic Relief is a just world, free from poverty.

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We're a conduit for that money,

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we exist to make the work of other organisations possible,

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and we work with people both of faith and people of no faith, as well.

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This is, of course, the comedian, Tim Vine. Good to see you.

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Lovely to see you, Aled.

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He's going to help us with the challenge this week.

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I'll tell you what, why don't you do the next bit?

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Great idea. Hello, viewers.

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If you'd like to put a hand on the screen, close your eyes

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-and send us 100. That's not us, is it?

-No.

-No, right.

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In that case, here's a hymn taken from that wonderful collection,

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Ancient And Earlier.

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And it's a real toe-tapper.

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Yes, I'm tapping my toe already.

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That went well.

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Yes, it did. Can I have your job?

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-No.

-Only asking.

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Thanks to the Great British Bake-Off,

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our next guest has got the nation back into the kitchen.

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Today, Mary Berry is putting her faith into practice,

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on a mission for Comic Relief.

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Every weekday,

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the Good Shepherd Project offers free food to anyone who needs it.

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As a Christian, we've always been taught,

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and I've been brought up to look after our neighbours.

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I'm going to be very much part of what's happening today.

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I'm going to see what they're cooking,

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and I want to talk to the people who are preparing it.

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They've chosen to help, and I want to know what's behind it.

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It isn't what you call a wishy-washy soup. It's full of real goodness.

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It's lovely.

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There is a sizeable portion of people who have probably very little,

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because of the poverty of our times, and some of them may be

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dependent on the food to feed the family for what they receive from us.

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To me, serving the poor, providing for the poor,

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Comic Relief do the very same thing,

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because when people support Comic Relief

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and they support an agency like this,

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they really are feeding the poor, and to me, you have to look at that.

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The broad picture is quite an amazing one.

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One o'clock, doors open.

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So what we do is we go around to each of the service users.

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Whoever's got an empty bowl, we just fill it up.

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Those who have had already and want seconds, we just top them up.

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Hello. This is chicken soup today. Nice and full?

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Mary Berry is a cook.

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Hello.

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Are you not working at the moment?

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No, I'm not.

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I lost my job last January.

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And what do you think of it down here?

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-I think it's good.

-Do you?

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Putting it mildly.

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-Do you find it quite rewarding?

-Yes.

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It makes me very grateful for what I've got.

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-Yes.

-I bet it does.

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Puts your life in perspective, as well.

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The best bit about it is that we try to make a small difference

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to their lives, to those that are homeless,

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to those that haven't got much, just to see them fed, really.

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And a special treat for today, my own apple cake for pudding.

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The staff here have prepared it. I just hope everybody likes it.

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Oh, you're having my pudding!

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Yes.

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-What do you think of it, then?

-It's really nice.

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-Is it?

-Yes.

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Like what my mum used to make when I was about four years of age.

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How long have you been coming here?

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On and off for about four or five years.

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'Brother Stephen is a whirlwind. He never keeps still.'

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Why did you choose to do this?

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I find the God I worship in the people I serve,

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and I feel that this is an expression of my faith experience,

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and it's a journey that I share with all sorts of different people.

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Help yourself.

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There have been over 100 people coming through the doors

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and enjoying a really good, nutritious lunch.

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They come here for friendship, they come here for warmth,

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they don't have jobs, some of them have lost their families,

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and some of them are sleeping rough.

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Smile!

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I'm taller than him!

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I'm so thrilled,

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I'm so proud that the money from Comic Relief is being used

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so wisely by people who are serving them through their Christian faith.

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Oh, it suits you!

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As well as concerns at home, a major driving force

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behind the founding of Comic Relief was African famine and unrest.

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That's why, 25 years on, it still gives just over half

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of all money raised by Red Nose Day to groups working across Africa.

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# Baby Jesus, baby Jesus. #

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Charity leader Mary Mosinghi

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has very personal reasons for being involved.

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# You're my saviour You're my saviour

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# Every day, every day. #

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Around the mid-'80s, there was a lot of instability in Uganda,

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and my father, cousins and my uncle were murdered as a result of that.

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I came here to find some peace,

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and also to further my education and my teaching career.

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It was here in the UK Mary was able to set up her charity Africare,

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to help communities back in her homeland struggling to cope

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with the effects of HIV and AIDS.

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I went back to Uganda in 1995, and I visited this village,

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and this frail-looking woman came up to me and told me,

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"Please help us, we're dying."

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They'd lost their sons, their husbands,

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and they were looking after very young children,

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and we used to question, I did, and a number of my friends did,

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"Where is God in all this?"

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But I think our faith, or my faith was strong, and that didn't

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divert me from trying to understand how God is looking at all this,

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and ways in which we can address HIV and AIDS and its impact.

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'Eight years on, and with the support of Comic Relief,

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'Mary's charity is helping villagers to face the future with hope.'

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And how do you feel when you see the good work that's happening there?

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I feel very honoured. I also feel very humbled.

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Sometimes I get really excited, because ten years ago, people

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were crossing the road because they didn't want to be seen.

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Now they're walking in and saying, "I'm HIV positive, I need help."

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You see children playing football, netball.

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These are children of families affected by HIV and AIDS,

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which they wouldn't have done ten years ago.

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Is faith important out there?

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When someone is unwell,

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the first person they go to is the faith leader.

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If they're told, "Just pray and you'll get better,"

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that's what they'll do.

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But I believe that faith, being a Christian,

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and seeing a doctor can get you better, the three can get you well,

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so it's around relaying that message to people.

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Through Comic Relief,

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we've been able to get these funds to work

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with our partners in Uganda to make a difference in the lives

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of very poor people in society, and we do thank Comic Relief,

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and we thank God for giving us this opportunity.

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So, Tim, why are we here with the marvellous Songs Of Praise

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senior school choir of the year?

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I can tell you exactly why we're here, Aled.

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We're here because we want you people at home to raise

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as much money as you can for Comic Relief and Red Nose Day.

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-Fantastic. We're going to have a hymnathon.

-What on earth's that?

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Well, it's when a congregation sings hymns

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and raises money at the same time.

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-They already do that. It's called a collection.

-Oh, yeah.

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-I don't like the collection.

-Why?

-I'm afraid of change.

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On that note, the choir here at St Georges College have agreed

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to demonstrate.

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What you need to do in the next fortnight is get together

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with your congregation or singing group, and sing as many hymns

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as you possibly can, as creatively as you wish.

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Yes, so for example, you could sing one hymn as quickly as possible.

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# Praise my soul The King of Heaven #

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Have you ever heard a line sung quicker than that?

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No. How about as slow as possible?

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# To his feet thy tribute bring. #

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Hold me.

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How about backwards?

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# Forgiven, restored, Healed, ransomed. #

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As quiet as possible?

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# Who like me his praise Should sing? #

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Quite similar to slow, that one.

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And finally, the same words, but to a different tune.

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# Praise him, praise him, Praise him, praise him. #

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Ah, wonderful. Shall we have a massively over-the-top version?

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Yes.

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# Praise the everlasting King. #

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Those guys are bonkers.

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-They know how to have a good time, don't they?

-They certainly do.

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Now then, if you visit our website, there's information on there

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from Comic Relief on how to run your own hymnathon.

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That's right, and if you tune in to BBC1 on March 15

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and watch Red Nose Day, maybe one of your efforts will get a mention.

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Yes, go to..

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And whilst you're there,

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you can vote for your favourite hymn or carol.

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So grab a hymn book, start singing,

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and raise as much money as you possibly can for Comic Relief.

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In the meantime, just to prove that these guys are the real deal

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and they can do it properly, here's their winning performance

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from the 2012 Songs Of Praise school choir of the year competition.

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This is Be Thou My Vision.

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# Be thou my vision O Lord of my heart

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# Be all else but naught to me Save that thou art

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# Be thou my best thought In the day and the night

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# Both waking and sleeping

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# Thy presence my light

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# Be thou my wisdom Be thou my true word

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# Be thou ever with me And I with thee, Lord

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# Be thou my great Father And I thy true son

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# Be thou in me dwelling And I with thee one

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# Be thou my breastplate My sword for the fight

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# Be thou my whole armour Be thou my true might

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# Be thou my soul's shelter Be thou my strong tower

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# O raise thou me heavenward Great power of my power

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# High King of Heaven Thou Heaven's bright sun

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# O grant me its joys After victory is won

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# Great heart of my own heart Whatever befall

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# Still be thou my vision

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# O Ruler of all

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# Still be thou my vision

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# O Ruler of all. #

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Well, it's not everyday Songs Of Praise gets to talk

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to one of the nation's favourite comedians.

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What time's he getting here?

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A little bit later on, actually. Don't be hard on yourself.

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Comic Relief is almost upon us. You're involved, are you?

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I am, yes. I'm doing Let's Dance.

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In 25 years, though,

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it's become a really important date on the comedy calendar.

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Yes, it certainly is, yes.

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I haven't got a comedy calendar.

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Well, actually I have got a comedy calendar.

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It goes "January, April, March."

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Months are in a completely different order.

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You were awesome!

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You still look good, even with the moustache coming off.

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How did you get into comedy in the first place?

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Well, I don't know.

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I think I messed about at school, like a lot of people did,

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and I thought I'd like to continue that into my adulthood,

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but I do think that laughter is a gift, if you like, from God.

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I mean, there's nothing you can think of about laughter

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that's bad, can you?

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Only one of you will go straight through to the final,

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and that act is...

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Tim Vine!

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But you have a personal faith.

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I have a faith, it's where I keep my eyeth, my nothe and my mouth!

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Yes, no, I do, yes, and I think that if you're making people laugh

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and laughter is a healing thing, it's a good thing.

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If I'm ever going off my job slightly, thinking,

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"What am I doing this for?"

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I can at least say, well, that's why I'm doing it,

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because if you make someone laugh, it's a nice thing to do.

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So faith and comedy can go hand-in-hand?

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They can, I think, and they go skipping down a lane together.

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Nice.

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Listen, it's always great to catch up with you.

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Yes, you too.

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Good luck with the dancing.

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Thank you. I'm actually on anti-barn-dance pills.

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I'm not allowed to exceed the stated do-si-dosage.

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He's here all day, ladies and gentlemen.

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Comic Relief aims to reach every part of the UK with its work.

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Often, the charities they support have started with a vision

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of one person, like Jessie, from Stockton-on-Tees.

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Growing up in Stockton, I was quite bored.

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I began to take risks with my life, really.

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I actually ended up getting involved with a guy who was a drug user.

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The relationship just began to destroy my own self-esteem,

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so I found myself, you know,

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I'd compare myself to, you know,

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a bag of heroin, and be like, "This guy's choosing heroin over me,"

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and not really realising how powerful the addiction was.

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I got to a point where I actually turned to prayer,

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and I started to pray that I'd find a way out of this situation.

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Jessie did find a way out.

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She renewed her Christian faith and went to university.

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Returning to Stockton, she became acutely aware of the difference

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between the lives of teenagers in church and teenagers on the street.

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I was just broken-hearted.

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How can it be that two groups of young people can be living

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such dramatically different lives in the same town,

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within a mile of each other?

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And so A Way Out was born,

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with the aim of rescuing young women from exploitation.

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Comic Relief funded their first worker.

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Ten years later, they've helped around 5,000 women.

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Before I went there, I used to be an alcoholic,

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and they've really, really changed my life.

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They've changed me,

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and they've changed everything that I used to do.

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I was in a domestic violence relationship.

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I got away from my ex with their help, and got my baby back.

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They've helped me through everything.

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Some people think that these women have chosen to be on those streets,

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but I know that women feel like they're being abused

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every time they go out there, and they want it to stop.

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You know, it's amazing that organisations like Comic Relief

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get behind projects like A Way Out,

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because that's God's heart, actually.

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And for me, that's what Jesus was, everything he demonstrated,

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what he came to do on Earth was to demonstrate love, and he went

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to the ones who were the most marginalised and the most broken.

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# You knew me at the start

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# You know me at the end

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# Dreams and reality

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# And everything in between

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# Jesus loves me

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# This I know for sure

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# Oh, how he loves me

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# This I know for sure

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# This is the life you made

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# And journeyed with all the way

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# Dreams and reality

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# And everything in between

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# Jesus loves me

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# This I know for sure

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# Oh, how he loves me

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# This I know for sure

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# Oh, how he loves me

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# This I know for sure. #

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'Lord, thank you for the way you love

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'each and every one of us equally, regardless of our circumstances.'

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'For giving everyone the gift of joy and laughter, Lord, we thank you.'

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'Help us to learn from Christ's example,

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'serving others each in our own way.'

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'And thank you for the work of Comic Relief,

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'bringing hope and healing at home and abroad.

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'Amen.'

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And that's almost it for this week.

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They're almost done with the hymnathon. Haven't they done well?

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They've done beautifully.

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Do log on to our website and have a go yourself.

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It's for a great cause, OK?

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Comic Relief in 12 days' time promises to be bigger

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and better than ever before.

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He's involved in it, that's why.

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Time for our final hymn, so it's goodbye from Tim Vine.

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And it's goodbye from Pam Rhodes.

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Next week, Pam will be here to celebrate Mothering Sunday,

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with some great hymns from the congregation

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at St Alban's Church in Bristol,

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and some inspiring stories of motherhood - past and present.

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Plus, special guests, the Military Wives.

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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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