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. 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 has her own career as a solicitor to worry about. Plus 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 are clearly lying or just plain annoying.
Adam succumbs to envy when he hears an old rival on Thought for the Day. But his own attempts to make a career of his vocation spectacularly backfire. An ill-advised comment on the One Show about homosexuality within the church results in orders from the Archdeacon to take media instruction from the very vicar Adam was trying to outdo.
And while Adam neglects his pastoral duties in favour of climbing the greasy pole, Colin looks for meaning outside of St Saviour's and decides to dabble in the Rastafari religion.
|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|
|Gemma Harper||Lu Corfield|
|Steve Warwick||Ben Willbond|