I’m thinking of writing a letter. it’s that serious. Ann Robinson watch out. After watching 2 episodes of BBC comedy Rev, it is time to complain. Consistently TV portrays church in a negative way, vicars are idiots, whether effeminate and weedy or sinister and murderous, church is dull and irrelevant… and it is never actually funny. Except Dibley, but that was different. Rev is… painfully funny. FUNNY! Painfully close to the mark. It’s like watching The Office except it is in church and I am David Brent. OMG, I want to take my collar off and swear…
I know, it’s not all funny, and I don’t know if people who aren’t churchers find it funny. The old gags are there, like imagining that vicars actually have sex (have you seen how many kids vicars usually have?!) and that regular parishioners are idiots. Ok, fair cop we’ll let you get away with that because much of the rest is insightful, witty, and based on (I said based on) real events and real people. And Adam the Vicarage is likeable, vulnerable, and slightly shell-shocked. That is endearing. And Mrs Vicarage has a job. A job! Who’d have thought it.
It is so close to life it feels a bit like an in-house training video for vicars. It should be compulsory viewing so that we all look at our stereotypes and run a mile. Am I the dull weedy vicar? Am I the scary Archdeacon? Am I the highly sexed parishioner? Am I the slimey smoothie-fuelled evangelical? Am I… Colin?
I loved the ending of Episode 2 when the Archdeacon stood with Adam to welcome Colin, broken and painful and annoying as he is. That is part of the charm of it – it is taking the mick out of the church, but you can tell it is written by someone with a deep love for the church. Maybe free-churchers won’t get it or vicars with sense-of-humour-failure (there’s plenty of us!) but if you know how the C of E works, it hits the mark. I’ll be watching, even if it clashes with church. And I will clean my own windows.
Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:
18“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to preach good news Colin.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the Archdeacon
and recovery of sight for Nigel,
to release Adoha,
19to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”