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 3 - Community Spirit

The time has come to organise Dibley's annual autumn fayre, and after raising a measly £200 last year, there are murmurs to support cancelling the event. The vicar however, is determined that she can book a real celebrity to open festivities rather than some local nobody, and a solution appears to come when Alice reveals her early-balding cousin is one 'Reg Dwight'...

Further details

The annual Dibley Autumn Fayre is fast approaching, and with Geraldine determined to raise more money than usual by booking a TV celebrity to open the event, David is angry not to be invited to do the honours as usual.

Preparations are quickly under way for the fundraising day, including Alice's very... creative idea of making soft toys from cooked pasta. Although Geraldine can't work out what any of the animals are supposed to be, Alice explains each with perfect ease. Meanwhile, sexual tensions between her and Hugo balloon as he seems to make a move on her - but both are too nervous to do anything about it.

At the vicarage, Geraldine is struggling to find someone she can invite to open the fayre. After only narrowly discounting the chiropodist daughter of a Beverly Sister, she's almost ready to admit defeat to David - until Alice casually mentions her balding musician cousin, Reg Dwight. Quick as a flash Geri puts 2 and 2 together and recalls it to be the birth name of a certain Elton John! Without further hesitation, Alice is ordered to get in touch with the cousin she hasn't seen for so many years.

On the day of the fayre, Alice's relative arrives to open the event. Unfortunately, he really is just a Reg Dwight! Panic ensues - and a smug grin crosses David's formerly annoyed face - but not for long: Kylie Minogue drops by in search of her good friend Elton, and agrees to open the ceremonies! The villagers celebrate; Geraldine is happy; and David is beaten once more.

Broadcast details

Thursday 24th 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
Patricia Kane Doris Trott
Philip Whitchurch Reg Dwight
David Sterne Angry Man
Charlie Watts Boy fan
Sacha Ramsey Girl Fan
Kylie Minogue Self
Writing team
Richard Curtis Writer
Paul Mayhew-Archer 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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