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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 6 - Animals

Geraldine's idea of a special service to bless and celebrate animals - the focus of much of the rural village's life - is welcomed warmly by her flock, but soon finds Dibley ridiculed in the national tabloids. Could this lead to her departure from the community already?

Full synopsis

Alice has a very worrying problem: she is concerned that I Can't Believe It's Not Butter may in fact actually be butter! But, far more gravely, as Geraldine becomes quite bemused whilst listening to Alice's philosophising, a villager drops by who is distraught by the death of her family pet. Moved by how much this lady cared for her animal friend, Geraldine decides to hold a special service for all the animals of the rural village.

Naturally, David is outraged by the idea of having an animal church service and puts it down to Geraldine being a bit wacky; in fact, he's so angry, he contacts the bishop to once again ask that Geraldine be sacked. The bishop replies that Geraldine can go ahead with it, but that it's on her own head.

When the national tabloids hear of the event, the pressure on Geraldine grows. She is made a spectacle of in a front-page article, and David is understandably furious about the ridicule his village appears to be held in. However, the service has become the talk of the village as residents are curious as to what to expect, and the newspaper coverage has created a huge amount of interest.

On the day of the service itself, traffic is backed up far out of the village. The church is packed out, and no one - not even David - is more surprised by its success than the vicar herself.

Broadcast details

Thursday 15th December 1994
30 minutes


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