A Vicar’s Life goes behind the scenes of the lives of country vicars at the heart of the rural community in the stunning Herefordshire countryside. From opening fêtes to marrying local couples, vicars are knitted into the fabric of country life, acting as a pillar of support in times of crisis and personal sorrow.Each episode features stories from across the county giving a closer perspective on rural life, as seen through the eyes of the church. Village fetes, shooting drives, and local issues – all served up with a heavy dose of humour, charity, and inspiring local leadership.
Season 01, Episode 01
This episode introduces three vicars – Matthew, in a small Shropshire market town, Ruth, in the cathedral city of Hereford, and Nicholas, in the scattered hill farming communities of the Black Mountains. These vicars have to take every opportunity they can to bring people into church, and they don’t get better than a good summer wedding. Matthew has twisted the arm of local hairdresser Mel and her fiance Stu, a fireman, to get married in church. Now he has to pull out all the stops to impress them. Ruth has a very different challenge – caring for her terminally ill churchwarden as she faces the end of life. Nicholas has to face up to the fact that churches are not sacred spaces to everyone as he deals with a break in and theft of priceless church records.