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Tom Hollander's Rev to take a break after third season


Story by Jack Foley

TOM Hollander has revealed that his hit BBC comedy Rev will take a break after its third series.

The series creator, who also plays the leading character, said that he didn’t want the show’s quality to suffer because of the need to deliver a new series every year. So, it will end “for the time being” after the third run in the spring.

The new series will see Reverend Adam Smallbone (played by Hollander) and his wife, played by Olivia Colman, coping with parenthood.

Dexter Fletcher will also join this year’s cast as an award-winning modern artist, while Fonejacker’s Kayvan Novak will play the local Imam.

Downton Abbey‘s Hugh Bonneville will return as Adam’s arch nemesis Roland Wise, while Ralph Fiennes will also make a popular return as the Bishop of London, displaying the same comedic chops he is currently showcasing in Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel.

Regular cast members Simon McBurney and Miles Jupp will also be back for the series, which is co-written by James Woods.

When pressed on whether Rev would ever make a return, Hollander did concede that a one-off special or a later series remained a possibility.

He told TV Times magazine: “He’s not killed off forever – but for the time being, we’ve told the story of Adam and Alex and the people who live in this parish.”

An American version of the show, set in a deprived neighbourhood of Chicago, is currently being developed with Hollander and Woods serving as consultants.

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