Rev is here:
This may seem a strange programme for a confirmed atheist to recommend but I am going to go all out and recommend Rev. It is genius. The writing is sharp and witty. Tom is brilliant. The ensemble cast are outstanding. And it tackles hard-hitting social issues in a light entertainment programme.
So what is its all about?
Rev is a sitcom about a vicar running a modern inner-city church, with a reluctant wife and a depleted, motley congregation. 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. It really shows.
Anybody can and does come into St Saviour’s – and into Adam’s life. From scheming MPs trying to educate their children on the cheap to Colin, a heavy drinking, unemployable lost soul who is Adam’s most devoted parishioner. Then there’s Mick, the local crackhead in need of £20 to visit his ‘dying mother’ in Southend… She’s died three times in the last 12 months. Every day throws up a moral conflict for our vicar. Adam’s 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. In addition to caring for his flock Adam has to worry about the financial burden of running a huge, decaying building – with a smashed stained glass window – and a dwindling congregation. He has to contend with hopeless volunteers, ambitious church rivals, the sinister attentions of the Archdeacon and the romantic attentions of Adoha, a renowned ‘cassock-chaser’ and church regular. Even his supposedly supportive Lay Reader Nigel is a pedantic careerist who thinks he should be running the place himself.
Here is a high quality feature article on the show:
Rev has been nominated in the Broadcasting Press Guild Awards in the category of Best Comedy/Entertainment. This is my reaction to its nomination "NO BRAINER NO BRAINER NO BRAINER!!! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LET REV WIN. It is head and shoulders above any other comedy sitcom fronted this year. And it is on the BBC. SHOUT OUT TO TOM HOLLANDER!!!".
Shout out to Rev!
Shout out to Tom Hollander!
Shout out to the BBC!
Rev is being released on DVD:
At £12.99 it is not cheap but the extras are to die for and include blogs, Rev- Tom Hollander’s Production Diary, Behind the Scenes/Making of Documentary, and Commentaries.
Like Sherlock, Rev appeared on UK screens for the first time in 2010. Like Sherlock, it has been commissioned for a second series. Like Sherlock, it is the BBC. Like Sherlock, it is f**king genius. I want to get behind Rev and promote Rev. Go Rev!
The BBC, like the National, will always have a special place in my heart. I grew up on the BBC - Blue Peter, Grange Hill, Eastenders, Panorama, Newsnight. I love the BBC, truly, madly, deeply. It is a national treasure. When I got Sky Plus I quickly realised that well over 90% of the programmes that I was Sky Plusing were BBC output.
If the Government EVER threaten to take the BBC away from us I will be out on the street protesting. Long live the BBC!