British Comedy Guide

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


BBC Two sitcom. 19 episodes (3 series), 2010 - 2014. Stars Tom Hollander, Olivia Colman, Steve Evets, Ellen Thomas, Miles Jupp, Simon McBurney, Lucy Liemann and others.

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Radio Times launches a poll to name the best sitcom since 2000

Radio Times has launched a poll to name the best British TV sitcom broadcast since the year 2000. There are 40 shows in the shortlist.

British Comedy Guide, 19th July 2016

Rev review

As the show goes on, it gets darker and darker. Adam lets temptation get the better of him and he lets down his whole parish, as well as Nigel.

Anglonerd, 9th November 2015

Rev is over - but writer is working with Mat Baynton

It looks like Rev, the brilliant BBC2 comedy in which Tom Hollander played inner city vicar Adam Smallbone, is over. But fans will be pleased to learn that its writer James Wood is working on a BBC pilot with Mat Baynton.

Ben Dowell, Radio Times, 20th October 2015

Miles Jupp would be 'surprised' if Rev returns

Rev star and comic Miles Jupp has said he does not envisage a return of the popular TV comedy Rev, in which he starred with Tom Hollander and Olivia Colman.

BBC News, 8th September 2015

Making a Case for Dark Comedy #2: Rev

The show has always had a dark side, but what remains unwavering throughout each episode is Adam's faith and devotion to God.

Chris Marchand, Post Consumer Reports, 6th August 2014

This potentially final series has been brilliant. The last two episodes in particular, featuring Tom Hollander's Adam Smallborne's crisis of faith, have been truly spectacular. With Adam's resignation at the end of episode five, St Saviour's was demolished and the former vicar was now left looking for a new job.

James Wood's brilliant script perfectly demonstrated Adam's breakdown as he started to stay in bed all day and ignore the cries of his own daughter. In a lovely narrative twist we heard the thoughts of Alex (Olivia Coleman), Nigel (Miles Jupp) and Archdeacon Robert (Simon McBurney) as they all spoke to God; which is a plot device usually only saved for Adam.

Rev is one of those programmes that I wasn't instantly entranced by but I've grown to love over the years. This last series has been particularly brilliant and is a testament to all involved particularly Hollander, Wood and director Peter Cattaneo.

The Custard TV, 3rd May 2014

This phenomenally darker, third (and possibly final) series ended, as was mete, on a hanging note of cochineal bittersweet. Tom Hollander's Adam has pretty much lost the parish but regained a few friendships: friendships he didn't particularly want in the first place - archdeacon Rob, and lovely archfiend Colin (Steve Evets), than whom few supporting characters in a "sitcom" have ever been more subtly drawn or well portrayed. But their dogged belief in him, now reciprocated with genuine warmth, has been one of the many lessons on our journey through Rev, and at times it's been a gruelling one. Crucially, of course, he's regained the forgiving friendship of his wife, Alex: Olivia Colman, of course, with that trainstopping smile. "You just stopped being a vicar for Lent."

Never twee, always in surgeon-skilled hands, and it would be a crime greater than all those above [cop shows previously mentioned in the review] not to have someone thinking furiously about the machinations required to get Adam back to our screens for a fourth series.

Euan Ferguson, The Observer, 3rd May 2014

Godless TV series Rev shows BBC's bias - minister

A free Church of Scotland minister has claimed popular BBC comedy Rev reveals the corporation's "anti-Christian agenda".

Craig Brown, The Scotsman, 2nd May 2014

Praising at the altar of Rev

Why does a religious sitcom work so well for atheists? Rev is most definitely a sitcom about a vicar, and isn't afraid to get into matters of prayer and the Bible. Somehow, it presents a nuanced view of faith while still being funny.

Jenny Landreth, New Statesman, 30th April 2014

Let us pray that that's not it, for ever and ever, for Rev. It may not be the most original, or roll-in-the-aisle-laughing hilarious (I was closer to tears in this one). But it's touching and smart, very human and immensely likable. Amen.

Sam Wollaston, The Guardian, 28th April 2014

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