Tom Hollander has hinted that the forthcoming third series of BBC2’s clerical comedy Rev might well be its last, at least for a long while.

The new run of the Bafta-winning series will see Tom’s character, anxious vicar Adam Smallbone, and his wife Alex, played by Olivia Colman, adjusting to life as parents to baby Katie.

However the actor told TV & Satellite Week that he was keen that show, which he also co-created and executive produces, did not outstay its welcome.

“This is it,” says Tom. “For the time being we have told the story of Adam and Alex and the people that live in that parish and we don’t want to overdo it basically. We don’t want to do it until we have done it too much and it has got worse, because we love it and so it is nice to keep it as a special thing. But never say never, it is not killed off forever and we could come back in our zimmer frames or maybe when baby Katie is the Archbishop of Canterbury.”

The new series of Rev will start later in the spring and will see Getting On’s Joanna Scanlan and Vicki Pepperdine join the cast as the Area Dean and her Diocesan Secretary who are eyeing up Adam’s church St Saviour’s for redevelopment, while Hugh Bonneville will return as Adam’s rival Roland Wise and Ralph Fiennes is back as the Bishop of London.