Here’s the thing — we have beenin-un-da-tedwith all sorts of messages, tweets, tags etc asking us if we were we thought about Fleabag’s Hot Priest. Even before we announced we were coming back, thirst-buckets parked themselves in our Twitter mentions and this here humble Tumblr Ask box and just. kept. asking. if we were going to cover him.
Come. The. Fuck. On.
Anyway. It’s time.
We decided not only to lust out loud about Hot Priest (Andrew Scott), but to also take a look at another man of the cloth who was making things a little bit cloudy in the foof: Sexy Vicar aka crime solvin’ crimes, heart breakin’ and smokey jazz listenin’ Sidney Chambers (James Norton) from Grantchester. Look at this shit, FFS:
So! Time to peel back some cassocks and reveal the beating heart of what makes these clergy dudes so flippin’ attractive.
Here are some thoughts:
These muhfuggahs LISTEN. Not just to the women they love, but to women in general. Do you know how hot it is when your person looks at you and actually absorbs what you are saying and responds in kind? Ugh. PS: After we recorded this ep, Fleabag creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge hosted Saturday Night Live and in her monologue mentioned how Hot Priest’s listening skills were the hottest thing about him (see what we mean when we say we are thirst scholars? 🏆)
Um, they’re literally off-limits. And like, practically betrothed to God (in Hot Priest’s case). Nothing — absolutely nothing — hotter.
Kindness kink! A kind man — whether he be tortured or a little cocksure — is hot as hell, OK?
Both Sidney and Hot Priest see the women they love. Like, they have a laser focus that is incredibly alluring when viewed up close. Oh, to be the focus of their loving gazes!
God loves a well-dressed man, and these men wear thee fuck out of both their churchy garments, and also their regular clothes.
Hot Priest — does he have a drinking problem? Or nah? Sidney definitely has one. It does… something to us.
In Sidney’s case — he loves a bit of jazz, and in postwar Britain, is not averse to a little sexual indiscretion. We’ll take it!
These dudes are wrestling with some big existential crises, you know? They’re doing a lot of drinking and they’re pondering their allegiance to God and the institution they have committed to, and it’s because of the love of a good woman. Are you KIDDING me? Guys… ISSA WRAP!
There’s a lot to love, you see, and even more to thirst after, and we delved as deep as we could go in our allotted time to bring you all those nuances…
Plus! We had a little time to do a litle rundown of other sexy clergyfolk of our youth — and beyond. Folks like the dude out of The Thorn Birds; that one time Lee Pace dressed as a priest in Pushing Daisies (💦); lady church folk like Pastor Grace from Greenleaf, and Geraldine from The Vicar of Dibley. We also did a corker edition fanfic Wars, by turns steamy hot and softly sweet. We hope you love it!
You can listen to the whole episode RIGHT HERE (more ways to listen are listed below).
SOME STUFF TO WATCH AND READ, IF YOU LIKE! (sorry it’s a bit Hot priest-heavy… 👀)
Here’s PWB bigging up Andrew Scott on the Emmys red carpet
Are you done with Grantchester now that he’s done with Sexy Vicar? Watch Happy Valley and see James Norton in a completely terrifying new light…
This precious baby is so overwhelmed by all this attention, we are smitten!
And here is Andrew Scott being thoughtful about the Catholic church on Colbert.
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Fellow tumblr friends, you have endured my rants in the past about beloved tv shows, particularly when things went wrong… so bear with me one more time as I am about to profess my undying love for Grantchester. It doesn’t have an intricate plot, special effects or naked people (although by mid season, you start to think everyone is incredibly sexy and beautiful, including the old lady Mrs. Maguire). These are the main characters (gifs not mine):
This is the protagonist: labrador Dickens. For some ridiculous reason, he loves that Anglican vicar guy riding a bike called Sidney Chambers and gets a bit insane when he’s not around.
When Sidney is not riding a bike, he is usually solving murders with Detective Inspector Geordie Keating, which incidently is also very sexy, even if he doesn’t really see it. Occasionally, in between murders, they do this:
Mrs. Maguire, the housekeeper, is a treasure. She’ll hurt you, but you’ll be happy when she does:
And then there’s curate Leonard Finch. You know that guy that you never expected to love but now you don’t know how to live without? That’s him.
And then there’s
Amanda Kendall. When she’s not pleasing her family and fiancee (they’re all pricks, by the way), she keeps telling Sidney he may kiss her. I’m afraid to say you’ll fall in love with her too.
And aside some murders and heavy drinking, that’s basically it, that’s the show!