This series sees cassock-chaser Adoha’s crush on Adam reach new heights when he inadvertently rescues her from a mugger; his competitive streak unleashed in an interfaith football tournament; an exorcism in a nursing home; and some very special surprise cameos stepping through the doors to St Saviour’s. From a city banker attending AA in the church who causes Adam to examine his own financial dire straits… to a pretty, young trainee vicar whose brilliance pushes him to the limit… to new elderly parishioner Joan, with a colourful past and a haunted bedroom… Not to mention Adam’s far from angelic goddaughter who comes to stay for the weekend.
It is an impossibly difficult job being a good, modern, city vicar. And, equally, it’s a very hard job being married to one. Alex – Adam’s long-suffering wife – does her best to support him, but she’s got her own career as a solicitor to worry about. And she is no one’s idea of a conventional vicar’s wife.
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 new moral conflict for our vicar. Everyone always wants something from Adam – all the time. Even his supposedly supportive Lay-reader Nigel, a pedantic careerist with his eye on Adam’s job.
Adam’s door must always be open. From urban sophisticates with ulterior motives to 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.
Rev. is an authentic – albeit highly comic – portrait of the life of a modern, inner-city vicar. Heavily researched and supported by anecdotes from a number of working city vicars and church insiders it lifts the lid on how the modern church actually functions, and what life is really like in a dog collar.
"Adam's decision to allow a Muslim children's prayer group to use the church for classes brings his congregation's prejudices to light. Inspired by the clear moral stance he sees in the Islamic classes, Adam decides to take a stand himself and oppose a lap-dancing club threatening to open opposite the school."