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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1996 Specials - The Easter Bunny

Easter is approaching, and whilst the village is struggling to make good on its Lenten fasts, old Mrs Cropley is taken ill. The prognosis is bleak, and she asks the Vicar one final favour before passing into the hereafter...

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The Vicar Of Dibley. Geraldine Grainger (Dawn French). Copyright: Tiger Aspect Productions.

Alice engages Geraldine in a discussion about magic. However, all she really wants to talk about is the existence and purpose of the Easter Bunny. She's so adamant of its existence that Geraldine relays their disagreement to the Parish Council; David explains that there's a tradition in the village that someone drops chocolate eggs around the village every Easter.

As it's the start of Lent, Geraldine suggests that the villagers should give up bad habits: Owen will stop swearing; Letitia will cook normally; Jim will stop dithering; Frank will stop being pedantic; David will be nice to people; Geraldine will give up chocolate; and Hugo will give up lustful thoughts. Geri suggests that everyone donate £1 for each occasion they fail their Lenten fasts, and that the proceeds should go to establishing a video club in the village.

Suddenly, Mrs Cropley is taken ill. It's her heart, and the prognosis is not good. Confined to her bed, she calls the Vicar for a heart-to-heart and reveals a great secret: she's Dibley's Easter Bunny! Letitia asks her to take over the key role; the Vicar agrees, and "always lets you dock in her jetty Letty" is content; she passes away moments later.

Come Easter Sunday, Geri finds herself up long before dawn, dutifully dressed in a large white bunny costume, to deliver eggs around the village. However, it seems old Mrs C has one last surprise in store for the residents of Dibley!

Broadcast details

Monday 8th April 1996
40 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
Writing team
Richard Curtis Writer
Paul Mayhew-Archer Writer
Emma Freud Script Editor
Production team
John Howard Davies Director
Jon Plowman Producer
Sue Vertue Producer
Richard Curtis Executive Producer
Peter Bennett-Jones Executive Producer


Dibley's Easter Bunny

From the Vicar of Dibley 1996 Easter Special. The village members are in confusion over the identity of the elusive Dibley Bunny.

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Featuring: Dawn French (Geraldine Grainger), Gary Waldhorn (David Horton), Roger Lloyd Pack (Owen Newitt).


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