More than 1.3m people watched the initial broadcast on 12 January of the first episode of the new BBC Two series A Vicar's Life, about parish ministry in the Diocese of Hereford. Responses from critics and from viewers commenting on social media have been overwhelmingly positive.

The series was filmed over a nine-month period between Whitsun and Christmas in three parishes, following the daily lives of Revd Ruth Hulse, curate Matthew Cashmore and their colleagues in West Hereford Team Ministry; Revd Nicholas Lowton in the Black Mountains benefice, south Herefordshire; and Revd Matthew Stafford in Much Wenlock, Shropshire. It aims to show the challenges and rewards of priesthood in the modern world and to illustrate how the work of the featured clergy goes far beyond Sunday services as they share the joys and sorrows of their parishioners - whether regular church-goers or not - and deal with practical and strategic problems ranging from the security of historic buildings to financial management and cultural change.

There is much more information about the series on the Diocese of Hereford website HERE.

The first episode is available until 12 February on the BBC iPlayer HERE.

Further episodes will be broadcast on Friday evenings at 8.30 on BBC Two and repeated on Saturdays at 1 pm (check future programme listings for any changes to this schedule).