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 - 2020. Stars Dawn French, Emma Chambers, Gary Waldhorn, James Fleet and others.

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Series 1, Episode 1 - The Arrival

Following the death of the ancient Reverend Pottle, the inhabitants of rural backwater Dibley are looking forward to a younger, more mentally capable ecclesiastical figure. However, they'd be less surprised to see Mr Blobby popping up in their pulpit than the buxom Geraldine Granger - a female vicar!

Further details

The village church is having a usual evening service with its 5 attendees including the elderly vicar, who dies during the service. The parish council therefore convene in order to discuss the successor to the vicar; it is decided they'd like him to be younger than their recently deceased and rather senile 90+ one.

Geraldine arrives and brings great surprise to everyone she meets, because they're not used to female vicars. Everyone greets her and leaves lasting first impressions of their eccentricity. David is outraged that Dibley is used as a social experiment to see if female vicars "work" as well as male ones.

Geraldine takes some time to get to know Alice and find out some background about the village and its good inhabitants. In the meantime, David is leading a campaign to have Geraldine sacked before she's even started the job, but the rest of the parish council want to give her a chance. The first Sunday service arrives, and the church is packed full. Geraldine wears her heart on her sleeve as she preaches for the first time there. She's really popular and it looks like her stay will be a long one!

Broadcast details

Thursday 10th November 1994
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Dawn French Geraldine Grainger
Emma Chambers Alice Tinker
Gary Waldhorn David Horton
James Fleet Hugo Horton
John Bluthal Frank Pickle
Trevor Peacock Jim Trott
Roger Lloyd-Pack Owen Newitt
Liz Smith Letitia Cropley
Guest cast
Preston Lockwood Vicar Pottle
Writing team
Richard Curtis Writer
Emma Freud Script Editor
Production team
Dewi Humphreys Director
Jon Plowman Producer
Richard Curtis Executive Producer
Peter Bennett-Jones Executive Producer

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