Series 1, Episode 1 - On Your Knees Forget The Fees
Reverend Adam is feeling the pressure of trying to fill a rundown London church - that is, until his congregation quadruples overnight. But the sudden influx of worshippers isn't down to word getting out about his wonderful sermons; there's a rumour going round that the local church school is about to get a great Ofsted report. Faced with a bunch of hypocritical parents desperately vying for his attention in the hope he'll recommend their child, Adam is tempted to trade a school place for the expensive restoration of a broken stained-glass window.
Alexander Armstrong guest stars as local MP Patrick Yam, who suddenly starts attending church when a rumour circulates that Ellie's school is about to receive a good Ofsted report. Eager to put himself ahead of the pack of other pushy parents vying for church school places, Patrick makes Adam a tempting offer.
- Monday 28th June 2010
- BBC Two
- 30 minutes
Cast & crew
|Tom Hollander||Rev Adam Smallbone|
|Olivia Colman||Alex Smallbone|
|Steve Evets||Colin Lambert|
|Ellen Thomas||Adoha Onyeka|
|Miles Jupp||Nigel McCall|
|Simon McBurney||Archdeacon Robert|
|Lucy Liemann||Ellie Pattman|
|Alexander Armstrong||Patrick Yam|
|Hermione Gulliford||Jean Darr|
|Lu Corfield||Gemma Harper|
|Ben Willbond||Steve Warwick|
|Matthew Fenton||Luke Yam|
|Ravin J Ganatra||VJ Darr|
|Matthew Justice||Executive Producer|
|Peter Oliver (as Peter H Oliver)||Editor|
|Grenville Horner||Production Designer|
After the church's famous stained glass window is broken, Adam must try to find a way to raise the money for the repairs... but his archdeacon sneers at his ideas.
St Saviour's has been inundated with parents eager to get their children admitted to a local school. Aware that parents are beefing up their religious credentials, Adam decides to weed out the hypocrites with a bible test and uses Nigel as his guinea pig.