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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?
Cut and pasted from the BBC website:
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.
Rev is here:
Here is a high quality feature article on the show:
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!