The Daily Express is demanding to know:
So I looked into it and it turns out the answer is no, not really.
According to the BBC's annual report, the Corporation broadcasts more than 98,000 hours of radio and television content for us to choose from each year and only 35 minutes - less than 0.0006 per cent of its output - was taken up by Songs of Praise from Calais.
So there you go.
Although the BBC won't say how much was spent on the Calais episode of Songs of Praise some basic maths tells us it must have accounted for a tiny part of our licence fees.
Songs of Praise is a small part of more than 8,200 hours of programming on BBC1, funded by a £1.1bn budget. That means the average cost of 35 minutes programming on BBC1 is about £78,000, with some broadcasts costing considerably less and some costing considerably more. Songs of Praise is clearly not a lavish production with big name stars and expensive special effects but it probably costs more than a repeat of Pointless. As such it seems likely the cost of that Calais episode to the 25 million homes and businesses who fund the BBC is most likely in the region of half a pence each, or less.
I didn’t watch the programme myself, but they are welcome to my half penny.
For more on why the BBC was right to take Songs of Praise to Calais and why many of the arguments against the licence fee don't stack up, see: