The Vicar Of Dibley. Geraldine Grainger (Dawn French). Copyright: Tiger Aspect Productions.

The Vicar Of Dibley

BBC One sitcom set around a local church. 20 episodes (3 series), 1994 - 2015. Stars Dawn French, Emma Chambers, Gary Waldhorn, James Fleet and others.

The Vicar Of Dibley. Geraldine Grainger (Dawn French). Copyright: Tiger Aspect Productions.

The Vicar Of Dibley

Comedy about a small, backward rural village and its female vicar, Geraldine Grainger

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
1994 - 2015
Channel
BBC One
Episodes
20   (3 series), plus 6 short specials
Starring
Dawn French, Emma Chambers, Gary Waldhorn, James Fleet, John Bluthal, Trevor Peacock, Roger Lloyd-Pack and Liz Smith
Writers
Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer
Directors
Dewi Humphreys and Gareth Carrivick
Producers
Jon Plowman, Sue Vertue and Margot Gavan Duffy

Life in the miniscule, sleepy Oxfordshire village of Dibley is thrown upside-down when ancient Vicar Pottle dies - and the diocese send a new-fangled female vicar, Geraldine Grainger, as his replacement.

Her arrival is met with a mixture of wonder and horror from the assorted collection of rural yokels who call Dibley home: "You were expecting a bloke with a beard, a Bible and bad breath. Instead, you got a babe with a bob cut and a magnificent bosom," she observes.

Autocratic head of the Parish Council and local landowner David Horton is particularly appalled; when it becomes clear that Geraldine does not intend to play second fiddle, he resolves to call in any favour possible to have her removed.

However, David's plans fail and the new female vicar steps - perhaps naïvely - undaunted into their quaint and utterly batty country world. Geri and her flock soon find common ground and, although the journey is bumpy, join forces to revitalise life in the small community.

It's not long before even David must admit that Geraldine's the best thing to have ever happened to Dibley - and she that Dibley is the best thing to ever happen to her.

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 10th November 1994 on BBC One at 8:30pm
Last new broadcast
Friday 13th March 2015 on BBC One at 8:18pm
Last repeat
Sunday 21st April 2019 at 11:40am on Gold

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