What’s it like to be the leader? BBC’s irreverent series gets right behind the eyes of the leader of a fictional London church.
It can be lonely at the top. Adam (the vicar) feels like his only confidant is Colin, a rather dishevelled dropout, who speaks witty directness and abuses Adam’s hospitality.
Adam has the position of leader, but no-one is really following. His dynamic wife Alex has far more influence in the community and seems to be the star of the show. She props up Alan.
Adam gets a bad review (episode 5) and takes it personally. As the boss his flaws are regularly evident to others, being in the public eye. Criticism is painful.
Adam is the “Rev”. But he’s also irreverent, badly so. He swears a lot especially when inebriated. We might be really offended by the coarseness of the programme, or chuckle privately.
We put our leaders on a pedestal. We expect them to be perfect, in private and in public.
Adam mistakes the flirting attention the Headmistress gives to his position for a meaningful attraction to him as a person. At his lowest point he finds out the hard way who his friends really are.
His position carries responsibilities, and in performing last rites for a dying parishioner he remembers his calling. The call is to serve. However low he feels, however disillusioned, the annoying Colin speaks the truth to him. His role is envied.