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Praise Be!

Jesus, he knows herSUMMERTIME STAND-IN for [cref 7225 SONGS OF PRAISE], hosted by THORA HIRD from an oversized armchair in her “home” surrounded by numerous religious trinkets, baubles, bangles and beads. Basically a clip show of ver Praise with the Dame cueing in “requests” from viewers. “A lot of you wrote in asking to see again that wonderfully inspiring performance of Sing Hosannah To The King from that delightfully kept church of St Peter-in-the-Midden in Wessexshire.” Our host would drop in a few gossipy asides, pick her own faves from the archives, tearfully clutch real “letters” from fans, and introduce classic interviews between ROGER ROYLE and (usually) CLIFF RICHARD. Running order would be printed in Radio Times, thereby removing – for those who cared – all element of surprise (“Oh no, and I was hoping for Abide With Me this week!”)



  1. Glenn Aylett

    June 27, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    I wonder if Praise Be was inspired by the long running Radio Newcastle show, Songs for Singing, where listeners would write in to presenter Frank Wappat asking for their favourite hymns and religious music while Wappat did his vicar bit half way through. Rather like Praise Be, Songs for Singing attracted a mostly elderly audience- Mrs Smith of Hebburn is 96 and can’t make it to her local church anymore, etc, etc- and less charitable listeners called it Songs for the Senile.

  2. Dave Nightingale

    October 13, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    Thank the lord….for Victor Lewis Smith…

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