Meet the Rev Adam Smallbone. He is a Church of England vicar, newly promoted from a sleepy rural parish to the inner-city world of St Saviour's in East London. It is a world he has little experience of. And it shows.
It is an incredibly difficult job being a good, modern, city vicar. And, equally, it is a very hard job being married to one. Alex - Adam's long-suffering wife - does her best to support him, but she's got her own career as a solicitor to worry about. And she is no one's idea of a conventional vicar's wife.
Every day throws up a moral conflict. All are welcome at St Saviour's and Adam can't turn any of them away - even if they're clearly lying or just very annoying.
In this first episode, Reverend Adam is feeling the pressure of trying to fill a rundown London church - that is, until his congregation quadruples overnight. But the sudden influx of worshippers isn't down to word getting out about his wonderful sermons; there's a rumour going round that the local church school is about to get a great Ofsted report. Faced with a bunch of hypocritical parents desperately vying for his attention in the hope he'll recommend their child, Adam is tempted to trade a school place for the expensive restoration of a broken stained-glass window.
|The Rev Adam Smallbone||Tom Hollander|
|Alex Smallbone||Olivia Colman|
|Colin Lambert||Steve Evets|
|Nigel McCall||Miles Jupp|
|Ellie Pattman||Lucy Liemann|
|Archdeacon Robert||Simon McBurney|
|Adoha Onyeka||Ellen Thomas|
|Patrick Yam||Alexander Armstrong|
|Gemma Harper||Lu Corfield|
|Steve Warwick||Ben Willbond|
|Luke Yam||Matthew Fenton|
|VJ Darr||Ravin J Ganatra|
|Jean Darr||Hermione Gulliford|