Series 1, Episode 2 - Songs Of Praise
The BBC writes to Geraldine to ask permission to film Songs Of Praise in Dibley. She and the other villagers, apart from David, are delighted, especially as their reason for filming is because of the new female vicar!
As well as complaining about the BBC's motivation for filming in Dibley church, David mentions that he's bought a new Bible for the church with traditional script. A choir is recruited, the process of which involves listening to lots of talentless auditionees. And elsewhere Alice only just manages to rehearse her reading.
When Geraldine meets the Songs Of Praise producer Tristan Campbell, she finds him very attractive and flirts badly with him; similarly, David fancies the camera(wo)man, who he discovers checking the church's lighting.
During the filming, the villagers have problems with remembering when to laugh, causing several labourious takes. Once the BBC crew have left Dibley both Geraldine and David follow up the phone numbers they've managed to gain from Tristan and the camera lady, but find that they share the same number and must therefore be dating.
Finally, all gather to watch the TV programme, which is greatly embarrassing for Geraldine who can't sing and is shown with a double-chin; and equally for Alice who can't understand old script and misreads Fs and Ss!
- Thursday 17th November 1994
- BBC One
- 30 minutes
Cast & crew
|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|
|Simon McBurney||Cecil (Choir Master)|
|Peter Capaldi||Tristan Campbell|
|Patricia Kane||Doris Trott|
|Emma Freud||Script Editor|
|Richard Curtis||Executive Producer|
|Peter Bennett-Jones||Executive Producer|