Rev. Series 3 Episode 1

Screen Shot 2014-03-28 at 17.34.10The first episode of series 3 in this eccentric little series about a vicar in Hackney who has to deal with all the challenges of being a 21st century vicar. And now, he has to deal with not just being a Father, but being a father, too.

To be honest, the way that the first series of this show was marketed was piss-poor. It was offshoot as a 21st century equivalent of Vicar of Dibley. I don’t think this is true. Both shows have their own strengths and weaknesses. I’ve come to appreciate Rev. more in the seemingly endless years (I think its 2?) years since series 2 ended.

Alex and Adam have a daughter, Katie. Adam sees that money is needed to help repair the city’s playground; enlisting the help of Yussef (played by the handsome Kayvan Novak of Four Lions fame) to raise the money for the playground. Adam even gives the members of his congregation £10 each in order to raise money and make an investment towards the redevelopment project.

Given that baby Katie is one of the main focal story arcs of the episode, there are plenty of baby-related comedy moments – not least the baby’s dramatic birth in the back of a taxi.
Still, this episode and hopefully the rest of the episodes to come are topical and funny. Yes, maybe it is a 21st update to Vicar of Dibley (think cosy little villages and farm animals) but it deals with real issues such as the closure of churches and faith in poverty-ridden cities, as well as the inclusion and cooperation of other faiths such as Islam which becomes even more topical as immigration increases.

A solid start to the series. It took me a while to warm to the series itself in series 1 and 2, but hopefully this will be the strong beginning to a fantastic series. The comedy is gentle and the acting top-class.

MY RATING: 4.5 / 5.

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