Rev. - Directing the second series

Thursday 17 November 2011, 11:58

Peter Cattaneo Peter Cattaneo Director

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As the director of Rev. it's hugely exciting to see the second series go on air even though I am still very busy finishing the last couple of episodes.

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Episode two introduces the new curate, Abigail

It's important for the show and the characters to evolve and to offer fresh stories, but not to change the essence of the show created in series one. (See the above clip.)

The atmosphere on set was far more relaxed and fun this time around, with actors really settled into their characters.

In episode two we had the challenge of filming wild animals for the crack squirrel sequence.

Our crew waited for hours during the main shoot in a local park but had no luck. So we managed to stretch our budget and find the money for a dedicated squirrel filming unit to go out a few weeks after the shoot finished.

Our location manager had spotted some good mangy-looking squirrels near one of our locations and we returned stealthily, set up our camera, laid out mixed nuts and waited.

Eventually several squirrels emerged and we got our shot.

Peter Cattaneo is the director of Rev.

Rev. continues on BBC Two on Thursdays at 9pm.

For further programme times, please visit the upcoming episodes page.

Read a Q&A with Olivia Colman, who plays the vicar's wife Alex in the series.

To read a post by Steve Evets, who plays Colin, please see the BBC Comedy Blog .

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    Comment number 1.

    I am loving this series and yes your attention to detail is appreciated. I just rewatched episode 3 season 2 to enjoy all the subtle foreshadowing, great sounds design, wonderful little demon kid and the subtle facial expressions of all the actors. What a rare gem of a show this is which touches on many contemporary social trends in a humorous and very intelligent way. Bravo!

    I hope the BBC keeps renewing.

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    Comment number 2.

    Don't worry - season two is coming along very nicely (personally I think a third series can be the one where things go wobbly). The characters are now becoming well established, so we know what behaviour to expect and can concentrate more on the storylines and the humour - and both of those have been very satisfying.

    The religious aspects are handled sensitively but not preciously. It would have been easy to get cheap laughs through ridicule, but Rev's too intelligent for that.

    Definitely one of the highlights of the week

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    Comment number 3.

    A fabulous program with brilliant script writing and larger than life (but never over-the-top) characters. Comparisons abound with the very brilliant but zany 'Father Ted' but I think that's a little unfair. This stands on it's own terms and it's great to see both religious and inner city issues handled with just the right amount of humour and irreverence but with a touch of sympathy too.

    So pleased it made it to season 2. Keep up the excellent work!

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    Comment number 4.

    Excellent - it captures the 'joy' and the tests of working in community.

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    Comment number 5.

    I absolutely love Rev, it's hilarious.

    I live in Hackney and until recently worked in Shoreditch and I think you capture the area brilliantly, in all its grime! I enjoy spotting places I recognise. I liked the fact that Mattie was the absolute typical "Shordie" with quiff and single speed bike. Richard E Grant was a brilliant could have grabbed him from any of Bishopgate's bars!

    Look forward to it every week.


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