Rev.. Rev Adam Smallbone (Tom Hollander). Copyright: Big Talk Productions


  • TV sitcom
  • BBC Two
  • 2010 - 2014
  • 19 episodes (3 series)

Sitcom starring Tom Hollander as a vicar promoted from a sleepy rural parish to a failing inner-city church. Also features Olivia Colman, Steve Evets, Ellen Thomas, Miles Jupp, Simon McBurney and more.

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Series 2, Episode 1

Inner-city parish life hasn't got any easier, so when he becomes an accidental hero, the vicar gets a bit carried away.

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Rev.. Image shows from L to R: Rev Adam Smallbone (Tom Hollander), Adoha Onyeka (Ellen Thomas). Copyright: Big Talk Productions

The Reverend Adam Smallbone is back and life in his east 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...

Broadcast details

Thursday 10th November 2011
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 14th November 2011 11:20pm BBC2
Tuesday 15th November 2011 12:20am BBC2 Wales
Wednesday 15th August 2012 9:00pm Gold
Wednesday 15th August 2012 11:55pm Gold
Monday 29th October 2012 10:20pm Gold
Tuesday 30th October 2012 1:30am Gold
Friday 24th May 2013 12:35am Gold
Friday 24th May 2013 2:10am Gold
Wednesday 25th September 2013 11:40pm Gold
Thursday 26th September 2013 1:30am Gold
Wednesday 13th November 2013 1:15am Gold
Wednesday 11th December 2013 1:40am Gold
Friday 10th June 2022 9:00pm Drama

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
Guest cast
Hugh Bonneville Roland Wise
Katie Males Lisa (Shop Worker)
Eliza Newman Chloe
Severn Brand Courtney
Ralph Fiennes Bishop of London
Billy Pamphilon Teen Thief
Writing team
James Wood Writer
Sam Bain Script Editor
Production team
Peter Cattaneo Director
Hannah Pescod Producer
Matthew Justice Executive Producer
Kenton Allen Executive Producer
Tom Hollander Executive Producer
Simon Wilson Executive Producer
Gary Dollner Editor
Grenville Horner Production Designer
Jonathan Whitehead Composer


Holding Out For A Hero

When Adam pops into the corner shop he's pleased to discover being a local hero has its perks. The normally hostile Lisa behind the counter has transformed into an adoring fan...

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Featuring: Tom Hollander (Rev Adam Smallbone) & Katie Males (Lisa).


Adam's escaped the hectic city for a few days at a silent retreat. But the peace and quiet is shatterd by the arrival of old friend and rival Roland Wise.

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Featuring: Tom Hollander (Rev Adam Smallbone) & Hugh Bonneville (Roland Wise).

They'll Have Seen A Cow, Adam

Having learned of Adam's plan to take some local schoolkids on a trip to see cows, Archdeacon Robert delights in bursting Adam's bubble.

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Featuring: Tom Hollander (Rev Adam Smallbone) & Simon McBurney (Archdeacon Robert).

Suicidal Cows

Convinced that many of the children at Ellie's school have never seen cows, Adam decides to plan an education school trip to Dover to see some. Suicidal ones, apparently.

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Featuring: Tom Hollander (Rev Adam Smallbone) & Lucy Liemann (Ellie Pattman).

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