I watched "Rev" for the first time ever this lunchtime. I shall not watch it again. Not that it was bad. In fact it was stunningly brilliant, a fine piece of British TV. The problem for me is that it is too damn accurate. The story of a parish priest who still believes in God and in the possibility of the Church being a force for good in his locality, up against the companymen of the Church of England (unbelieving archdeacons and pseudo-aristocratic bishops who seem to have no other aim than to keep the Church going simply so they can enjoy the privileges that come with their status) and cynical "Sea of Faith" colleagues who unhappily cling on to their jobs just because there is no other job they can do, is such a truthful depiction of the Church of England that I have been as depressed as hell all afternoon.
I understand that a lot of vicars really love the show. Obviously we have more masochists in the Church than I previously thought. I'm surprised there hasn't been an epidemic of wrist slitting among the "junior staff."