http://www.survivorstvseries.com/By_Bread_Alone.htmThere are some new arrivals at Whitecross. They include a young couple called Judy and Philip and a sensitive man called Lewis. There is much to do at the settlement now that it is spring. The digging of a drainage ditch is one of the current projects. Alan is working on the ditch with Lewis, but Lewis is finding the task difficult.
Lewis decides to reveal that before the death he was a Church of England vicar. The catastrophe had made him lose his faith, but now he feels it returning. He asks Greg to help him turn his shirt around in order for it to resemble a dog collar shirt. The community reacts in different ways to the news.
Daniella, as a devout Catholic, is ecstatic at the news. Lewis explains that he cannot give her confession as he was of a different denomination. Nevertheless she decides to make a proper dog collar shirt for him.
Jack, who was a carpenter before the death, is also distracted from his work by Lewis' revelation and spends some time making a lectern for him, instead of mending the plough. Charles and many other leading members of the community see this sort of work as a waste of time, especially when there are so many other practical things to do. Ruth tries to talk some sense into Jack.
Greg asks Lewis if he can speak to Jenny, who has been depressed of late. Jenny gives him short shrift, as she cannot see a place for faith in the world since the death. She is especially upset because she is worrying about having brought baby Paul into their current existence. Lewis appears to be more popular elsewhere and bowing to popular demand, agrees to hold a service on Sunday. In the mean time he continues to help Alan with the ditch.
Judy and Philip are unhappy with the regime at Whitecross believing it to be too hierarchical. They especially dislike what they describe as the elite ruling class. They air their concerns with Lewis.
The next day, Charles discovers a problem with the drainage ditch which has been left unmanned. He also finds that Lizzie has been left to milk the cows on her own. The carpentry is also empty. Alan, Hubert or Jack cannot be found anywhere.
Charles asks Daniella where they have gone, but she has no idea. She shows him the surplus she has made for Lewis. Lewis is angry with Daniella when he realises she has spent a long time making vestments for him.
Judy and Philip tell Charles that they have decided to leave, citing the community's social order and the need for freedom as the main reasons behind their decision. Charles tries to persuade them to stay, but he is unsuccessful. He realises that they will encounter more problems in the future with retaining young people at Whitecross.
It turns out that Alan, Jack, Hubert have left their duties to retrieve some hymn books from a nearby church for the upcoming service.
Greg shows Charles his new equipment for producing methane gas. Charles is impressed.
Lewis has removed his dog collar as he is once more having a crisis of faith. He tells Jenny that he is concerned that he may have influenced Philip and Judy's decision and that he is not worthy of serving the community as its pastor.
Charles and Greg tell Lewis that he can't let the community down now, especially as Daniella and Jack have gone to so much trouble for him. Lewis complies and dons the dog collar once more.
Most of the community join in the Sunday service. Charles and Greg, however, do not attend.
This thought provoking and underrated episode is the first from the pen of writer Martin Worth who was set to take over the series creative reins in the near future. The story principally features a vicar's decision to reclaim his faith and the consequences it has for the people around him as well as himself.
With the exception of Gone To The Angels, up to this point the series had not truly addressed the question of faith and God's existence. Most of the survivors seem to have taken the...