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'Rev.' star dismisses 'Dibley' comparisons

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Tom Hollander

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Tom Hollander has dismissed comparisons between his new sitcom and The Vicar of Dibley.

Hollander plays Reverend Adam Smallbone in Rev. but explained that it is more realistic than the Dawn French series.

"I think both shows can exist in the world," he told PA. "We had to work out why it wasn't The Vicar of Dibley when we were pitching it."

He continued: "It's clearly an urban story set in the real world, whereas The Vicar Of Dibley is set in a slightly idealised world of bunny rabbits and tweeting birds."

Hollander also claimed that stories about vicars are "compelling", adding: "I think it's something to do with people whose job it is to be good. They're at the centre of our communities, even if nobody goes to church. Because of births, deaths and marriages, people go to them at the most extreme moments in their lives."

Rev. begins on Monday at 10pm on BBC Two.

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