Rev., Series 2
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BAFTA award-winning comedy series Rev. returns with six divine new episodes and a Christmas special, and a host of new faces and guest characters. Tom Hollander is back as the Rev. Adam Smallbone, struggling to remain relevant in his inner-city parish where he’s largely derided or ignored except by the intimidating Archdeacon and the demanding and irritating few who attend his church… From Lay Reader Nigel, who thinks he should be a vicar, to hard-drinking Colin on an eternal quest for enlightenment, cassock-chasing Adoha and local crackhead Mick who isn’t quite the sophisticated grifter he thinks he is. Meanwhile, Adam’s trying to live down the embarrassing pass he made at headmistress Ellie last series, and at home, Alex, played by Olivia Colman, has lost patience with being a vicar’s wife.
|1||VideoEpisode 1||The Reverend Adam Smallbone's back and life in his London parish hasn't got any easier; his flock are just as demanding and his wife Alex has reached breaking point. So when Adam unwittingly thwarts a mugging, he's tempted to bask in the novelty of being hailed a super vicar instead of the usual clergy-baiting, and enjoy Alex's renewed attraction to her hero husband. But as the lie spirals out of control, Adam draws attention from on high.||28:45||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|2||VideoEpisode 2||Abi Johnston (played by Amanda Hale), a talented young curate, comes to train at St Saviour's. Lay Reader Nigel’s green with envy, and even Adam’s initial enthusiasm at the prospect of someone to cover weekends off soon gives way to doubt in his own abilities as a priest when he realizes just how brilliant she is. When Colin decides his vicar needs cheering up, Adam inadvertently gets the chance to experience religious versus chemical ecstasy.||28:51||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|3||VideoEpisode 3||A heatwave hits London and Adam can’t sleep. He’s not the only one plagued by nightmares – elderly parishioner Joan (Sylvia Syms) has just moved into a nursing home and is convinced her new room is haunted. Adam’s called on to justify believing in the holy ghost but not spooks, and there are demands at home too – Alex and Adam have a pint-sized house guest in the form of Adam’s difficult goddaughter Enid.||28:05||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|4||VideoEpisode 4||The church school is up for religious inspection and headteacher Ellie’s confident they’ll pass with flying colours, thanks to inspiring new teacher Mr Feld (Adrian Bower). The only problem is, he’s an atheist. Adam clashes with Ellie, but has another battle on his hands – he’s signed up for an interfaith football tournament and the St Saviour’s congregation rather lacks young, fit athletes.||28:21||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|5||VideoEpisode 5||There's a hole in the church accounts and the Archdeacon's ready to pounce. Salvation appears to come in the form of a wealthy city banker (Richard E Grant) who arrives at St Saviour's to join Alcoholics Anonymous. However, Adam's mind isn't on balancing the books - serial blagger Mick (Jimmy Akingbola) has arrived on the vicarage doorstep with a much bigger ask than the usual twenty quid, and Adam takes a huge risk.||29:09||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|6||VideoEpisode 6||Ambition is in the air. Pedantic Lay Reader Nigel has always believed he’d be a far better priest than Adam and finally gets the chance to prove it – or not. The Archdeacon also has lofty ambitions for career advancement, but a surprise encounter throws a rather different light on things, and even Colin has got a new job. Meanwhile, Adam faces questions about his own future and has a big decision to make.||29:26||£1.89||View in iTunes|
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A surprise hit at the BAFTAs, Rev (co created by Tom Hollander) won the hearts of millions of people (and boosted Christianity in Great Britain) with its charming, funny, touching and dramatic story of inner-city vicar Adam Smallbone (beautifully played by Tom Hollander) and his long suffering but loyal wife Alex (wonderful Olivia Coleman). A collection of sometimes odd but believable characters ensure Adam gets no peace, at least here on earth. Series 2 here continues Adam's now firmly established position at the church, with new challenges to test Adam's faith (and temper) including a haunted care home for the elderly, a weekend's camping in the living room and a female vicar...
Made with contributions from real life religious figures, Rev series 2 is a thought provoking insight into the life, loves and sometimes dark times of modern Christianity.
Being a member of the Church of England myself, I was very wary when this TV series first aired as I thought it would be yet another media bash at the church and making us all look ridiculous, how wrong I was!
Rev is a hillarious show and many of the characters in it are not that far from people that actually go to church on a Sunday, I've certainly met a few Adoha's in my time. It's also incredibly insightful and really gives quite an accurate account of what being a christian is like in 21st Century Britian. Adam is an ordinary man, trying to do his best and I think that many vicars are like him in that respect.