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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 5 - Election

The council elections are impending, and David's standing for re-election. When Geraldine unknowingly criticises his performance, the locals decide she'd be a far better candidate. For a woman with no political intent it's a daunting prospect, but David could be willing to strike a bargain...

Full synopsis

The local elections are coming up and Geraldine asks who the useless local councillor is: it's David, and he's rather offended by her aspersions! Hugo unwittingly reveals that his father is constantly making continental trips to scout out possible 'twin' towns and villages for Dibley - coincidentally, many are on the south coast of France.

Meanwhile, Geraldine notices the many shortfalls in Dibley's provisions which ought to be dealt with by the local councillor. For example, there are no longer any bus services to other nearby towns or villages; and the ageing Women's Institute require a minibus for their trips.

With his failings as district councillor fresh in their memories, David seems to dash his re-election hopes by giving a rather insulting speech at Frank's birthday party. The villagers are furious, and insist that Geri should run against him, even concocting their own 'dirty tricks campaign' to smear the Horton name.

As the popular support of Dibley residents swells behind the vicar, David grows exasperated. Geraldine, however, has a proposal: she has absolutely no political aspirations whatsoever, and promises David that she will instruct everyone to vote for him if he accompanies her around the village, being pleasant to his constituents and promising to fulfill their needs if they vote for him.

Predictably, the elder Mr Horton finds himself returned to the council in a landslide victory. However, he's soon to dash all hopes of keeping his promises to the villagers, citing budgetary constraints. Geraldine ropes in the entire community to play slowly (not to mention badly) through David's favourite golf course, effectively holding him to ransom. It's not long before he's resolved to keep his original word!

Broadcast details

Thursday 8th December 1994
30 minutes


  1. Saturday 28th May 2011 at 12:55pm on Gold
  2. Friday 1st July 2011 at 8:00pm on Gold
  3. Friday 1st July 2011 at 11:20pm on Gold
  4. Saturday 8th October 2011 at 5:50pm on Gold
  5. Sunday 9th October 2011 at 11:55am on Gold
  6. Monday 14th November 2011 at 4:00pm on Gold
  7. Monday 14th November 2011 at 8:00pm on Gold
  8. Monday 16th January 2012 at 2:40pm on Gold
  9. Tuesday 7th February 2012 at 8:40pm on Gold
  10. Wednesday 8th February 2012 at 2:40pm on Gold
  11. Saturday 10th March 2012 at 12:00pm on Gold
  12. Friday 6th April 2012 at 11:00am on Gold
  13. Monday 14th May 2012 at 8:20pm on Gold
  14. Wednesday 11th July 2012 at 10:20pm on Gold
  15. Thursday 12th July 2012 at 1:00am on Gold
  16. Friday 2nd November 2012 at 8:20pm on Gold
  17. Saturday 3rd November 2012 at 1:15pm on Gold
  18. Sunday 13th January 2013 at 11:55am on Gold
  19. Saturday 30th March 2013 at 9:40am on Gold
  20. Monday 15th April 2013 at 8:20pm on Gold
  21. Tuesday 16th April 2013 at 12:20am on Gold
  22. Tuesday 2nd July 2013 at 6:40pm on Gold
  23. Wednesday 3rd July 2013 at 12:00am on Gold
  24. Friday 30th August 2013 at 8:00pm on Gold
  25. Wednesday 20th November 2013 at 7:40pm on Gold
  26. Thursday 21st November 2013 at 3:15pm on Gold
  27. Monday 30th December 2013 at 3:40pm on Gold
  28. Tuesday 31st December 2013 at 9:15am on Gold
  29. Wednesday 8th January 2014 at 11:50am on Gold
  30. Wednesday 8th January 2014 at 6:40pm on Gold
  31. Tuesday 4th February 2014 at 9:40pm on Gold
  32. Wednesday 5th February 2014 at 1:00am on Gold
  33. Sunday 9th March 2014 at 1:00pm on Gold
  34. Wednesday 16th April 2014 at 8:40pm on Gold
  35. Thursday 17th April 2014 at 3:40pm on Gold
  36. Thursday 17th April 2014 at 8:40pm on Gold
  37. Tuesday 2nd September 2014 at 8:40pm on Gold
  38. Wednesday 3rd September 2014 at 12:40am on Gold
  39. Saturday 22nd November 2014 at 9:00am on Gold
  40. Wednesday 31st December 2014 at 2:45pm on Gold
  41. Thursday 1st January 2015 at 8:00am on Gold
  42. Saturday 28th February 2015 at 12:00pm on Gold
  43. Saturday 28th February 2015 at 7:00pm on Gold
  44. Wednesday 11th March 2015 at 10:20pm on Gold
  45. Thursday 12th March 2015 at 7:40pm on Gold
  46. Saturday 4th April 2015 at 5:30pm on Gold
  47. Sunday 5th April 2015 at 12:25pm on Gold
  48. Friday 15th May 2015 at 9:40pm on Gold
  49. Saturday 16th May 2015 at 3:20pm on Gold
  50. Wednesday 19th August 2015 at 8:20pm on Gold
  51. Thursday 20th August 2015 at 3:40pm on Gold
  52. Saturday 5th September 2015 at 5:40pm on Gold
  53. Sunday 6th September 2015 at 12:20pm on Gold
  54. Wednesday 11th November 2015 at 8:00pm on Gold
  55. Thursday 12th November 2015 at 2:40pm on Gold
  56. Saturday 30th January 2016 at 5:40pm on Gold
  57. Sunday 31st January 2016 at 9:30am on Gold
  58. Wednesday 10th February 2016 at 8:00pm on Gold
  59. Thursday 11th February 2016 at 1:20pm on Gold
  60. Friday 25th March 2016 at 6:20pm on Gold
  61. Saturday 26th March 2016 at 1:45pm on Gold
  62. Friday 17th June 2016 at 7:40pm on Gold
  63. Saturday 18th June 2016 at 5:00pm on Gold
  64. Sunday 16th April 2017 at 4:00pm on Gold
  65. Wednesday 12th July 2017 at 2:20pm on Gold
  66. Wednesday 12th July 2017 at 7:00pm on Gold
  67. Thursday 27th July 2017 at 3:00pm on Gold
  68. Thursday 27th July 2017 at 7:40pm on Gold
  69. Friday 10th November 2017 at 8:00pm on Gold
  70. Saturday 11th November 2017 at 9:20am on Gold
  71. Tuesday 13th February 2018 at 8:40pm on Gold
  72. Wednesday 14th February 2018 at 2:40pm 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
Patricia Kane Doris Trott
Edward Kelsey Mr Harris
Fernand Monast Jean-Paul
Alistair McGowan DJ (Voice)
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
Graham Carr Editor
Andrew Howe-Davies Production Designer
Howard Goodall Composer

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