Hundreds of people have paid respects to a star of BBC Three’s This Country Michael Sleggs who died aged 33.
Senior pastor Matt Frost told the thanksgiving service at Circencester Baptist Church that Sleggs, who died of heart failure earlier this month, seemed to be “something of a legend”.
Sleggs had already been well-known in Cirencester, but he found wider fame in the BBC Three hit mockumentary series.
The service included a reading of the Death of Lazarus.
It also included hymns Amazing Grace and In Lord Alone.
Mr Frost added: “He’s been on the TV for the past three years with This Country but if that hadn’t happened there would still be enormous numbers of people here because of the way he was.”
Members of the congregation were also handed bookmarks with a printed version of one of his last Facebook posts.
This post told his friends and followers that he was going into palliative care due to his heart failure and how his faith had helped him.
“He got to the point where he was recognising his life was coming to an end, his health conditions since he was a child, his battle with cancer when he was younger, and finally his body was giving up.
“In recognising that, the faith that he had, throughout all his life, has ebbed and flowed partly as a consequence of his poor health became incredibly strong at the end,” said Mr Frost who had supported him throughout his illness.
“He shared this post much to the surprise of his family at the end of May and it just exploded, and shared thousands and thousands of times.”
Kerry and Kurtan have announced that they have written a book. The full title of “This Is This Country: The REAL s*** that goes down in our village. It ain’t just fetes and duck races, you know.” will be released on the 3rd October.
A new account appeared on Twitter with the message:
“LISTEN UP PEASANTS
We’re on twitter now and telling you we have a book coming out this October. It’s all about the REAL S*** that happens in our village and all the REAL S*** that is too hot for TV.”
The description on Amazon reads:
“Listen up chumps, basically the Vicar asked us to edit the parish newsletter this month, we weren’t gonna do it at first cos the vicar said ‘I want you to channel your energy into doing something creative’, which he knows brings back Kurtan’s PTSD cos our old woodwork teacher Mr Perkins used to say it to him all the time, and when Kurtan actually DID channel his energy into something creative he managed to sand down some MDF to make a back scratcher and Darren Lacey pointed at it and laughed and called it an ‘abomination to woodwork’, which made Kurtan throw a chair across the room in rage and one of the chair legs hit Rob Robinson and left a dent in his forehead.”
This Is This Country is available to pre-order now by following the link below.
Congratulations once again to Daisy and Charlie for another year of BAFTA TV Nominations! Daisy is up for Female Performance in a Comedy Programme and both are up for Comedy Writer.
Last year, the show won “Scripted Comedy” and Daisy picked up “Female Performance in a Comedy Programme”
This year, the BAFTA TV Awards ceremony will be taking place on Sunday 12th May.
The full list of nominations can be found here