Series 3

REV returns for a third series that asks big questions of the Reverend Adam Smallbone as his beloved St Saviour’s faces the threat of imminent closure. An ambitious Easter theme, a host of new episodic stories and the old characters we know and love all combine in Rev’s ever-unique blend of the sublime and the ridiculous.

Jesus had his ups and downs during Holy Week, to put it mildly: triumph, betrayal, death and resurrection set against a cast of over-enthusiastic followers and a mob who just won’t get the message. Adam will endure a similar rollercoaster ride during Rev III. Unlike Jesus, Adam won’t quite die on the cross but he’ll certainly take a damn good kicking.

Nearly two years on from where we last left our characters there have been a few changes to the congregation at St Saviour’s. Adam and Alex have a new baby, Katie. Ellie’s married to Chris (though not for long). Reassuringly the passage of time hasn’t changed Colin’s alcoholism, offensiveness or folk wisdom. Likewise Adoha, if anything, is more of a crazed vicar stalker than ever. And Nigel isn’t a vicar, not that he’s bitter or anything.

In parallel with the Easter story we explore how Adam’s life as a vicar has changed now he’s a father. Adoha’s determined to be Chief Babysitter and Colin’s biding his time till in a couple of years she’s old enough to start smoking. With Alex busier at work the strain starts to show in their marriage. Likewise Ellie’s marriage has disintegrated and unfortunately the inevitable happens and Ellie and Adam kiss. Just once and with only mild use of tongues but when Alex finds out she understandably chucks Adam out of the vicarage…

Meanwhile the New Area Dean and Diocesan Secretary arrive on the scene to make Adam’s life even more difficult. They’re a formidable pair of ladies, more management consultants than clergy, determined that St Saviour’s has long enough been a drain on Church resources. If Adam can’t bring about a miraculous improvement in attendance and finances then the Church will close, leaving his small, difficult but ultimately loveable congregation without a place of worship.

Broadcaster: BBC 2
Episodes: 6 x 30′

Writer: James Wood
Director: Peter Cattaneo
Producer: Polly Buckle
Executive Producers: Kenton Allen, Hannah Pescod, James Wood, Matthew Justice & Tom Hollander

Series 2

Nominated at this 2012’s BAFTAs for Best Situation Comedy – Tom Hollander was nominated for Best Male Performance in a Comedy Programme.

Tom Hollander co-created Rev. with James Wood. They previously worked together on Freezing (directed by Simon Curtis).

Starring: Tom Hollander, Olivia Colman, Steve Evets, Miles Jupp, Lucy Liemann, Simon McBurney, Ellen Thomas

Broadcaster: BBC 2
Episodes: 7 x 30′

Writer: James Wood
Director: Peter Cattaneo
Producer: Hannah Pescod
Executive Producers: Kenton Allen & Tom Hollander

Series 1

A six-part comedy broadcast on BBC Two in 2010.

The Rev. Adam Smallbone is a Church of England vicar, newly promoted from a sleepy rural parish to the busy, inner-city world of St Saviour’s in East London. It’s a world he has little experience of. And it shows.

Every day throws up a moral conflict for Adam. His door must always be open. To urban sophisticates with ulterior motives, the chronically lonely, the lost, the homeless, the poor and the insane. All are welcome at St Saviour’s and Adam can’t turn any of them away. Even if they’re clearly lying, mad or just very annoying.

Tom Hollander co-created Rev. with James Wood. They previously worked together on Freezing (directed by Simon Curtis).

Starring: Tom Hollander, Olivia Colman, Steve Evets, Miles Jupp, Lucy Liemann, Simon McBurney, Ellen Thomas

Broadcaster: BBC 2
Episodes: 6 x 30′

Writer: James Wood
Director: Peter Cattaneo
Producers: Kenton Allen, Hannah Pescod

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