BBC Vicars Life


A Vicar’s Life is a warm, frank and fresh observational documentary series following the lives and work of vicars in Herefordshire and south Shropshire, as they face the challenges of maintaining their place at the heart of the community in the most rural diocese of the Church of England.

Facing smaller congregations, financial problems and cultural changes, it has arguably never been a tougher time to be a vicar. 

The BBC followed four of our clergy, three established vicars and their parishes, from the cathedral city of Hereford and its rural surrounds, to the majestic Black Mountains and the picturesque market town of Much Wenlock

The camera crews were there as people shared their greatest joys and sorrows, on an intimate journey through the seasons to reflect the reality of life and faith in some of England’s most beautiful countryside.

News Articles

Church Times

We will raise our game on religion, BBC pledges:

Christian Today

'A Vicar's Life': 4 CofE clergy to star in BBC documentary:

West Hereford Team

Ruth & Matthew to feature in new six part BBC Documentary:


4 vicars have lights shine on them for new documentary:

Hereford Times

Lives of county vicars will be focus of new BBC2 documentary:

New TV series to show what county vicars do on a daily basis:

The Guardian

How rural vicars became the last social workers in the countryside:

Shropshire Star

Shropshire vicar and parish team to star in reality TV show:

Radio Interviews

Matthew Stafford

BBC West Midlands
BBC Radio Shropshire

Matthew Cashmore + Nicholas Lowton

BBC Hereford and Worcester