Episode 7: Miracle in Soho (1957) and Alex Hester

Episode seven is our God and religion special and we were joined by two fantastic guests. Firstly, Alex Hester sat down with us at St Anne’s Church on Dean St, to talk about his late father, the former rector of St Anne’s, Canon John Hester.

John was in post from 1963-75, so to be the vicar of Soho at this time and chaplain to over fifty strip-clubs must have been an unusual calling.


John Hester’s 1970 book, “Soho is my Parish”. There’s currently one copy available online here. Snap it up!

Out and about on his rounds

The architects’ model of the proposed glass-sided church

We also spoke to Rev Liz Clutterbuck of Emmanuel Church, Holloway about the Emeric Pressburger penned 1957 romantic tale, Miracle in Soho. Liz makes regular contributions to the Kermode & Mayo show on BBC Radio 5 Live and is a proud member of the Wittertainment Clergy Corner.

Promo produced by Talking Pictures TV for their recent screening of
Miracle in Soho

Buy Miracle in Soho on DVD here.

The founder of Soho Bites, Dr Jingan Young, has a written a play which is being performed at the Vault Festival in Waterloo in the New Year. More details here.

Listen to Soho Bites episode seven – Miracle in Soho
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