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 tomorrow at 8:05pm.

The Vicar Of Dibley. Image shows from L to R: Geraldine Grainger (Dawn French), Jim Trott (Trevor Peacock). Copyright: Tiger Aspect Productions.

1996 Specials - The Christmas Lunch Incident

It's the Vicar's second Christmas in Dibley, and she has to make her sermon a good one "or you've lost them to Satan till next December". An arguably greater worry, however, is the three Christmas dinners Geraldine's agreed to eat. But she can pull it off - right?

Further details

Geraldine is working on her second Christmas sermon - unfortunately, it seems that Alice has forgotten last year's even took place because it wasn't nearly as exciting as the Only Fools And Horses special.

After experimenting with many different sermon openings, she's inspired by her gift from Alice of the biography of the Spice Girls, and speaks on two key issues: that both Mary, the mother of Jesus, and the Spice Girls (ahem!) were virgins thrust into the public light at a young age; and that Jesus wants us to tell Him "what we want, what we really, really want"!

Later on, Geraldine is inundated with several tempting offers of Christmas lunch, none of which she can happily dodge without grossly offending someone. Reluctantly, she decides she can force down a small serving at each, and so agrees to go to all three: with David and Hugo; Jim and Frank; and Alice, her mum and sister.

Geri politely eats her way through some very big Christmas dinners in order to be nice to her parishioners, before Owen surprises her with a fourth!

Having been carted home in the bucket of Owen's tractor, there's a surprise knock at the door - could our female vicar have at last been lucky in love?

After a slightly stilted discussion, Geraldine finds herself left alone on Christmas night. But soon Alice has appeared, roping in the other villagers to show appreciation for all of her work in the community.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 25th December 1996
45 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
    Guest cast
    Peter Capaldi Tristan Campbell
    Orla Brady Aoife
    Carol MacReady Mrs. Tinker
    Mel Giedroyc Mary Tinker
    Writing team
    Richard Curtis Writer
    Paul Mayhew-Archer Writer
    Emma Freud Script Editor
    Production team
    Gareth Carrivick Director
    Jon Plowman Producer
    Sue Vertue Producer
    Richard Curtis Executive Producer
    Peter Bennett-Jones Executive Producer
    Mykola Pawluk Editor
    Steve Tempia Editor
    Andrew Howe-Davies Production Designer
    Howard Goodall Composer

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