The BBC has finally started making a third series of Rev, the hit comedy about a London inner-city vicar, confirming that it will air on BBC2 in spring next year.
The news will be a welcome relief to fans, who will have been waiting for the best part of two-and-a-half years for a new series by the time the third season airs. The second series ended in December 2011.
Last August the BBC confirmed that it had commissioned a third series but warned of a long wait for filming to start because the cast, which includes Olivia Colman and the show’s co-creator Tom Hollander, were working on so many projects.
On Friday the BBC confirmed that principal photography has started for a six-part series, priduced by Big Talk Productions, that will be broadcast in spring 2014.
Some form of good news for fans of the BBC 2 comedy “Rev.”, from the BBC News:
Award-winning comedy Rev will return to BBC2 for a third series but it will not be broadcast until 2014.
Producers say the “brilliance” of cast members such as Tom Hollander and Olivia Colman have made getting everyone back together “challenging”.
The actors play inner-city vicar Rev Adam Smallbone and his wife Alex in the hit comedy, which won best sitcom at last year’s TV Baftas.
Filming is due to begin in Autumn 2013, with development starting this year.
Producer Kenton Allen said: “I’m delighted that we’ve managed to get Adam and his congregation back into church for what I hope will be an extraordinary third season of a show that is extremely special for all those involved.”
Read further on BBC News, another article concentrate furthers on Tom Hollander:
Tom has revealed he has become a churchgoer since playing the beleaguered vicar in the hit show.
He said: “I believe in the idea of God now. Since doing Rev I believe in what the idea of God represents, but I can’t say anything more concrete than that.”
Looks like the Guardian is reporting some bad news for fans of Rev:
Rev writer admits show won’t return this year
James Wood says BBC2 sitcom’s cast are ‘too bloody successful’ but hopes to make a third series in 2013
Olivia Colman and Tom Hollander lead the cast of Rev. Photograph: Phil Fisk/BBC/Big Talk
The writer of Rev has admitted there will not be a third series of the award-winning BBC2 sitcom this year because the cast, including Tom Hollander and Olivia Colman, are “too bloody successful”.
So far the BBC has made two series and a Christmas special, and has attracted a range of impressive guest stars including Ralph Fiennes, Richard E Grant, Hugh Bonneville, Geoffrey Palmer, James Purefoy and the veteran actor Sylvia Syms.
James Wood, the co-creator with Hollander of the comedy about a London inner-city vicar, told MediaGuardian: “The cast are too bloody successful.”
Wood said he was “cautiously optimistic” about getting the cast together in 2013 but this could not be guaranteed.
“The other thing of course we need to do is to make sure that we maintain the same standards as with the other two series,” Wood added. He said he was currently working out whether a third series was creatively feasible as well.