Series 2 - Episode 7

Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

It’s Christmas at St Saviour's and someone has stolen the Three Wise Men’s camels from the Nativity display. Vicar Adam Smallbone refuses to be downhearted - maybe the missing beasts can be replaced by cows? "A Wise Man crossing the desert on a cow?" blusters outraged parishioner Adoha.

That's Adam, a man for whom there are never problems, there are only solutions. But even his legendary compassion and good nature are stretched by a truly testing Christmas. He loses a friend, he is head-butted by another, supposed, mate and his father-in-law (a magnificently austere Geoffrey Palmer) arrives unexpectedly. Worse, Midnight Mass is disrupted by drunks and Adam (Tom Hollander) melts down in a spectacular, funny/sad, Adam-type way.

Christmas specials of television comedies are so rarely special, or even Christmassy, but Rev is a fount of goodness and kindness all year round and especially at Christmas. You'll have a few tears and a heart as warmed as a plum pudding by the end.

About this programme

7/7. Adam prepares for his first Christmas in London, but soon discovers St Saviour's is a world away from his sleepy old parish in Suffolk. The Archdeacon is on his back to maximise profits, the diary is packed with unusual events and he is up at the crack of dawn every morning to cook breakfast at the homeless shelter. Exhausted, and with Midnight Mass looming, the last thing he needs is a house guest - least of all his cantankerous father-in-law. Geoffrey Palmer guest stars in the comedy, with Tom Hollander, Olivia Colman, Simon McBurney and Lucy Liemann.

Cast and crew


The Rev Adam Smallbone
Tom Hollander
Alex Smallbone
Olivia Colman
Jimmy Akingbola
Colin Lambert
Steve Evets
Nigel McCall
Miles Jupp
Ellie Pattman
Lucy Liemann
Archdeacon Robert
Simon McBurney
Adoha Onyeka
Ellen Thomas
Geoffrey Palmer
Severn Brand
Katie Males
Eliza Newman
Steve Warwick
Ben Willbond


Peter Cattaneo
Executive Producer
Tom Hollander
Executive Producer
Kenton Allen
Hannah Pescod
James Wood
Sam Bain