Cor blimey...this action family help to modernise BBC’s Songs of Praise

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THEY are the typical British family...

but they’ve been charged with trying to modernise the BBC’s Songs of Praise and just so happen to be from south Essex.

The Corrs, of Shop Row, Paglesham, were signed up by producers of the BBC institution to help modernise the programme by taking part in a series of challenges.

Parents Martin, 42, and Sam, 40, plus twins Sophie and Charlotte, 15, and Aimee, 14, have cycled part of the Tour de France route and even learnt to swim to star in the Christian hymn show.

The family applied after spotting an advert in their chuch, St Theresa Church in Ashingdon Road, Rochford.

Sam said: “It’s been a real family affair.

“We have always been a strong family but it has brought us all closer together. I think it comes across in the programme.”

Throughout the show, the family was called to travel to a location, where their next challenge was then revealed.

They have had to race to put up tents in a parents vs children competition at Wallasea Island campsite, cycled around Ilford to mark the UK’s part in the Tour de France, and planted a memorial garden in the grounds of their church to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War.

But the biggest challenge came when they were told to swim 60 lengths to mark this summer’s Commonwealth Games, even though Martin has never learnt to swim.

The Corrs shared the distance, and thanks to support from a hoard of friends and family cheering from the side of the pool, Martin managed 15 lengths.

Sam added: “They wanted to see howwe reacted to the different challenges.

It was about pulling together as a family.

“From not being able to swim, to doing 15 lengths is a big achievement.

The whole family got behind him. It has been fun.

“The cycling will make very interesting television as we kept banging into each other.”

The family still have one challenge left to film, which will take place on June 8 when Sophie, Charlotte and Aimee are confirmed at the church.

The series of challenges will be broadcast over six episodes on Songs of Praise, starting on June 22.

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9:50am Sun 27 Apr 14

Jack222 says...

They are not the typical family; the typical family does not watch 'Songs of Praise' nor would they be involved with it.

Active Christians - as in those who go to Church - are considerably under 2 million of the 60 million people of this country. 'Songs of Praise' has very limited appeal.
They are not the typical family; the typical family does not watch 'Songs of Praise' nor would they be involved with it. Active Christians - as in those who go to Church - are considerably under 2 million of the 60 million people of this country. 'Songs of Praise' has very limited appeal. Jack222
  • Score: -8

12:03pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Father Jack Hackett says...

Jack222 wrote:
They are not the typical family; the typical family does not watch 'Songs of Praise' nor would they be involved with it.

Active Christians - as in those who go to Church - are considerably under 2 million of the 60 million people of this country. 'Songs of Praise' has very limited appeal.
Blessed are the meek.
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: They are not the typical family; the typical family does not watch 'Songs of Praise' nor would they be involved with it. Active Christians - as in those who go to Church - are considerably under 2 million of the 60 million people of this country. 'Songs of Praise' has very limited appeal.[/p][/quote]Blessed are the meek. Father Jack Hackett
  • Score: 0

12:16pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Letmetryagain says...

They seem a nice enough family, but do people still watch S.O.P ?
They seem a nice enough family, but do people still watch S.O.P ? Letmetryagain
  • Score: 3

12:18pm Sun 27 Apr 14

pussycats says...

Letmetryagain wrote:
They seem a nice enough family, but do people still watch S.O.P ?
Oh YES!
[quote][p][bold]Letmetryagain[/bold] wrote: They seem a nice enough family, but do people still watch S.O.P ?[/p][/quote]Oh YES! pussycats
  • Score: 8

3:13pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Kim Gandy says...

Why talk down the religion this country was built on.

Whether you like it or not, this country's customs and heritage are rooted in Christianity.

If anybody started putting down Muslims on here there'd be an outcry.

Organised religion is not my thing but I have my own beliefs. I still see this as a Christian country and still enjoy its traditions and culture.

We have so little left of it. So little left of our heritage.

But there are some of us who still respect it and always will. And when it comes to it, in a straight choice between Sharia and Christianity, people would choose the latter en masse every time.
Why talk down the religion this country was built on. Whether you like it or not, this country's customs and heritage are rooted in Christianity. If anybody started putting down Muslims on here there'd be an outcry. Organised religion is not my thing but I have my own beliefs. I still see this as a Christian country and still enjoy its traditions and culture. We have so little left of it. So little left of our heritage. But there are some of us who still respect it and always will. And when it comes to it, in a straight choice between Sharia and Christianity, people would choose the latter en masse every time. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 11

3:17pm Sun 27 Apr 14

pussycats says...

Superbly said, Kim Gandy. Thank you!
Superbly said, Kim Gandy. Thank you! pussycats
  • Score: 9

4:55pm Sun 27 Apr 14

pussycats says...

Songs of Praise BBC 1 at 5.0pm.....Try it! School choir of the year, competition.....Host
ed by David Grant. x
Songs of Praise BBC 1 at 5.0pm.....Try it! School choir of the year, competition.....Host ed by David Grant. x pussycats
  • Score: 4

7:10pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Howard Cháse says...

Father Jack Hackett wrote:
Jack222 wrote:
They are not the typical family; the typical family does not watch 'Songs of Praise' nor would they be involved with it.

Active Christians - as in those who go to Church - are considerably under 2 million of the 60 million people of this country. 'Songs of Praise' has very limited appeal.
Blessed are the meek.
That would be a ecumenical matter....
[quote][p][bold]Father Jack Hackett[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: They are not the typical family; the typical family does not watch 'Songs of Praise' nor would they be involved with it. Active Christians - as in those who go to Church - are considerably under 2 million of the 60 million people of this country. 'Songs of Praise' has very limited appeal.[/p][/quote]Blessed are the meek.[/p][/quote]That would be a ecumenical matter.... Howard Cháse
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11:08pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Father Jack Hackett says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
Father Jack Hackett wrote:
Jack222 wrote:
They are not the typical family; the typical family does not watch 'Songs of Praise' nor would they be involved with it.

Active Christians - as in those who go to Church - are considerably under 2 million of the 60 million people of this country. 'Songs of Praise' has very limited appeal.
Blessed are the meek.
That would be a ecumenical matter....
Yes.
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Father Jack Hackett[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: They are not the typical family; the typical family does not watch 'Songs of Praise' nor would they be involved with it. Active Christians - as in those who go to Church - are considerably under 2 million of the 60 million people of this country. 'Songs of Praise' has very limited appeal.[/p][/quote]Blessed are the meek.[/p][/quote]That would be a ecumenical matter....[/p][/quote]Yes. Father Jack Hackett
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