Rev. (2010-) is a BBC television sitcom. Reverend Adam Smallbone is an Anglican vicar who is newly promoted from a small rural parish to the 'socially disunited' St Saviour in the Marshes in East London. Unable to turn anyone away from his new appointment, Smallbone is faced with a collection of moral challenges as he balances the needs of genuine believers, people on the streets and drug addicts as well with the demands of social climbers using the church to get their children into the best schools.Adam has an impossibly difficult job being a good modern city vicar and his wife, Alex, does her best to support him, but sheís got her own career as a solicitor to worry about and she is no one's idea of a conventional vicarís wife. He is also supported by lay reader Nigel who believes he should be running the church. In immediate supervision is Archdeacon Robert putting pressure on Adam to increase the congregation and church income.Parishioners include Colin, a heavy drinking, unemployable lost soul who is Adamís most devoted parishioner and Adoha well known for her romantic intentions to the clergy.
The curate Abby in series 2, who immediately increases attendance, becomes beloved by everyone, and generally outshines Adam in every way. Luckily for him, she's Kicked Upstairs by the end of the episode.
As Himself: In a series 1 episode where Adam is trying to get onto the media like rival reverend Roland Wise, John Humphrys, Jonathan Dimbleby and The One Show presenters Christine Bleakley and Adrian Chiles appear as themselves.
Broken Pedestal: Adam meets his hated "Thought For The Day"-reading, Have I Got News for You-appearing ex-schoolmate rival, and finds out he's ultimately unhappy at having lost the point of his calling.
The Cameo: Ralph Fiennes appears in the first episode of series 2 as the Bishop of London.
In episode six of series 2, James Purefoy plays the part of Archdeacon Robert's boyfriend.
Good Shepherd: Adam cares for his parishioners and is seen giving comfort to a dying woman.
Homage: Adam and Nigel begin humming "Tubular Bells" while on their way to perform an exorci- blessing for one of Adam's elderly parishioners. Nigel gets a bit carried away during the... procedure, and launches into the "power of Christ compels you!" liturgy from the film.
Insistent Terminology: Adam is not allowed to do exorcisms, you need to be specially qualified. The ritual he performs with a bottle of holy water for a parishioner scared her room is haunted is a blessing.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The Archdeacon. He's a Smug Snake who seems to value financial considerations over everything else, has an air of a Mafia don, and normally treats Adam with nothing but contempt, yet backs Adam up regarding Colin. Also when he comes to accept that he will never be a Bishop (a post that he's catastrophically unsuited for anyway) due to his sexuality. After spending the entire episode faking humility he elects, for once, to be honest and accepts his role as it is. He also helps Adam get rid of Darren who has been getting on his nerves, as well as granting Adam a goal in the match against his rival.
Kick the Dog: After Adam tries to comfort Nigel over his rejection from being ordained, Nigel blames Adam for "fucking him over".
Lies to Children: Adam's heartwarming bugs-and-dragonflies analogy to explain heaven to an assembly-full of grieving children.
Mood Whiplash: In the final episode of series one, after getting drunk and behaving like a Jerkass at the Tarts and Vicars party, Adam (having just been collared by the police for being drunk in public) is taken by the police to the flat of an elderly couple. The wife is dying, and needs a priest. Adam comforts her and gives her last rites, and by the end of the episode has dropped his bad attitude.
Rousing Speech: Adam gives a frustrated, competitive and downright vicious one at the football match.
Running Gag: Archdeacon Robert dumping his coffee down the sink and kicking Adam out of his car on random street corners.
Shout-Out: The night before Adam's goddaughter comes to stay, Alex is sitting in bed reading The Slap. She's severely tempted to hurt the Enfante Terrible by the end of the weekend, while Nigel very nearly gives her a slap in the face.
Wham Line: Series 2 episode 4's main storyline is Adam's rivalry with an atheist teacher at the local school, Mr Feld, naturally Played for Laughs. When Feld fails to turn up for an inspection, Adam feels he has done so deliberately to undermine him. Then he finds a child crying in the corridor:
Child: Mr. Feld fell off his bike. A lorry hit him. He's dead.