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 2 is repeated on Gold on Friday at 8:05pm.

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?

Further details

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


    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
    Sue Vertue Associate Producer
    Graham Carr Editor
    Andrew Howe-Davies Production Designer
    Howard Goodall Composer

    Supporters and subscribers get more

    Additional content and tools are available across the site for Supporters and BCG Pro subscribers. On this page you can:

    • Broadcast details of 79 past repeats of this episode
    • BCG Pro Gold users can see additional crew credits  
      If you join BCG Pro Gold, you can see Associate Producer credits for this episode.

    Donate (for fans) BCG Pro

    Already a donor or Pro user?