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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.

Series 3, Episode 4 is repeated on Gold on Friday at 9:55pm.

Series 1, Episode 4 - The Window & The Weather

In the fiercest storm to hit Dibley since... well, let's not go there; a tree falls through the church's great stained-glass window. After struggling to even recall what the original image depicted, the vicar's shocked by the costs of stained glass and begins a fund-raising exercise.

Full synopsis

There's a storm in the village, and the Parish Council are all dithering around arguing about what to call it. Is the storm as great a storm as The Great Storm - whenever that might have been? Alice is petrified by the thunder and lightning and so drops by to Geraldine's for comfort, as does Hugo.

The next day, Geraldine investigates the damage caused by the storm and discovers that the church's magnificent stained-glass window has been destroyed. Another meeting of the Parish Council is called to begin addressing the dire situation. However, it seems that no one actually knows what the window depicted! Who was in it? Maybe Jesus; maybe Moses; maybe St. Barnabus? Maybe a llama! Where is it set? It could've been a library; or maybe a hill; or possibly maybe a mountain... It takes Frank's tedious attention to detail and the parish papers to dig up the original commission: it was Noah's Ark! Now they just need to find funding - Geraldine is astonished at the thousands of pounds she's been quoted to replace the piece of art.

Owen kicks off fundraising with a dubious lottery, and Letitia begins to write a book called "100 Exciting Things to do with Root Vegetables". Geraldine asks David for names of his rich friends; she hopes one or two will donate funds towards the mammoth cost of replacement. Outraged at the suggestion he refuses, but she manages to get the information from the well-meaning Hugo.

After heading into the City to meet one of David's old school chums, the vicar is relieved to have finally secured the necessary finances. However, an emotional news report about the consequences of an earthquake in Colombia tug strongly at her heart strings, and she has soon donated most of the money to a humanitarian charity.

The villagers are surprised, but pleased, to see the stained glass replaced with plain, giving sight to the true beauty and artistry that surrounds them: the English countryside.

Broadcast details

Date
Thursday 1st December 1994
Time
8:30pm
Channel
BBC One
Length
30 minutes

Repeats

  1. Saturday 28th May 2011 at 12:15pm on Gold
  2. Friday 24th June 2011 at 8:00pm on Gold
  3. Friday 24th June 2011 at 11:20pm on Gold
  4. Saturday 1st October 2011 at 7:55pm on Gold
  5. Sunday 2nd October 2011 at 1:40pm on Gold
  6. Thursday 10th November 2011 at 8:00pm on Gold
  7. Friday 11th November 2011 at 7:20pm on Gold
  8. Monday 16th January 2012 at 2:00pm on Gold
  9. Tuesday 7th February 2012 at 8:00pm on Gold
  10. Wednesday 8th February 2012 at 2:00pm on Gold
  11. Saturday 10th March 2012 at 11:20am on Gold
  12. Friday 6th April 2012 at 10:20am on Gold
  13. Tuesday 8th May 2012 at 8:20pm on Gold
  14. Wednesday 9th May 2012 at 3:00pm on Gold
  15. Wednesday 4th July 2012 at 11:00pm on Gold
  16. Thursday 5th July 2012 at 1:30am on Gold
  17. Friday 26th October 2012 at 8:20pm on Gold
  18. Saturday 27th October 2012 at 1:25pm on Gold
  19. Sunday 13th January 2013 at 11:15am on Gold
  20. Saturday 30th March 2013 at 9:00am on Gold
  21. Wednesday 10th April 2013 at 8:20pm on Gold
  22. Thursday 11th April 2013 at 12:20am on Gold
  23. Monday 1st July 2013 at 7:20pm on Gold
  24. Tuesday 2nd July 2013 at 12:00am on Gold
  25. Friday 30th August 2013 at 7:20pm on Gold
  26. Wednesday 13th November 2013 at 7:40pm on Gold
  27. Thursday 14th November 2013 at 3:20pm on Gold
  28. Sunday 29th December 2013 at 3:40pm on Gold
  29. Monday 30th December 2013 at 9:20am on Gold
  30. Tuesday 7th January 2014 at 12:35pm on Gold
  31. Tuesday 7th January 2014 at 7:20pm on Gold
  32. Tuesday 4th February 2014 at 9:00pm on Gold
  33. Wednesday 5th February 2014 at 12:20am on Gold
  34. Sunday 9th March 2014 at 12:20pm on Gold
  35. Tuesday 15th April 2014 at 8:40pm on Gold
  36. Wednesday 16th April 2014 at 3:40pm on Gold
  37. Saturday 22nd November 2014 at 8:20am on Gold
  38. Tuesday 30th December 2014 at 2:35pm on Gold
  39. Wednesday 31st December 2014 at 8:05am on Gold
  40. Saturday 21st February 2015 at 12:40pm on Gold
  41. Saturday 21st February 2015 at 7:40pm on Gold
  42. Wednesday 4th March 2015 at 10:55pm on Gold
  43. Thursday 5th March 2015 at 8:20pm on Gold
  44. Saturday 4th April 2015 at 4:50pm on Gold
  45. Sunday 5th April 2015 at 11:45am on Gold
  46. Friday 15th May 2015 at 9:00pm on Gold
  47. Saturday 16th May 2015 at 2:40pm on Gold
  48. Friday 5th June 2015 at 8:30pm on BBC1
  49. Tuesday 18th August 2015 at 8:20pm on Gold
  50. Wednesday 19th August 2015 at 3:40pm on Gold
  51. Saturday 5th September 2015 at 5:05pm on Gold
  52. Sunday 6th September 2015 at 11:40am on Gold
  53. Tuesday 10th November 2015 at 8:40pm on Gold
  54. Wednesday 11th November 2015 at 3:20pm on Gold
  55. Saturday 30th January 2016 at 5:00pm on Gold
  56. Sunday 31st January 2016 at 8:50am on Gold
  57. Tuesday 9th February 2016 at 8:40pm on Gold
  58. Wednesday 10th February 2016 at 2:00pm on Gold
  59. Friday 25th March 2016 at 5:40pm on Gold
  60. Friday 25th March 2016 at 5:40pm on Gold
  61. Saturday 26th March 2016 at 1:05pm on Gold
  62. Thursday 16th June 2016 at 1:00pm on Gold
  63. Thursday 16th June 2016 at 8:20pm on Gold
  64. Thursday 25th August 2016 at 7:20pm on Gold
  65. Friday 26th August 2016 at 12:45pm on Gold
  66. Sunday 16th April 2017 at 3:20pm on Gold
  67. Tuesday 11th July 2017 at 2:20pm on Gold
  68. Tuesday 11th July 2017 at 7:00pm on Gold
  69. Wednesday 26th July 2017 at 3:00pm on Gold
  70. Wednesday 26th July 2017 at 7:40pm on Gold
  71. Friday 3rd November 2017 at 8:40pm on Gold
  72. Tuesday 13th February 2018 at 8:00pm on Gold
  73. Wednesday 14th February 2018 at 2:00pm on Gold

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
Nicholas Le Prevost Daniel Frobisher
Jamie Lucraft Colin
Max Brazier George
Luke Strain Colin's Friend
Leigh Jasper Sue
Kristy Bruce Jane
Julia Prague Martha
Jessica Sears Amanda
Edward Kelsey Mr Harris
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
Graham Carr Editor
Andrew Howe-Davies Production Designer
Howard Goodall Composer

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