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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 2, Episode 3 is repeated on Gold on Friday at 9:20pm

Series 2, Episode 1 - Dibley Live

To celebrate the 650th year since Dibley's founding, Geraldine arranges a special licence to run their own local radio station. All of the villagers lend a hand in the week-long event, and Frank has a particular secret to impart. Meanwhile, the Vicar finds the perfect opportunity to bring David down a peg or two.

Full synopsis

Dibley is 650 years old, and to celebrate Geraldine obtains permission to have a radio station running for the village all week.

As the residents begin to think of ideas for programmes, a selection of typically bizarre concepts emerge. Jim proposes to host The Moral Maze, debating "Is sex with poodles always wrong?"; Frank, meanwhile, suggests Desert Island Desks, where he would talk about the 8 best desks he had ever sat at.

But some programmes do go ahead: Frank manages to host a show called An Hour Of Frank Talking, which, needless to say, the villagers avoid like the plague. This is a shame, as he decides this would be the ideal opportunity to come out to the villagers for the first time; to an audience of one - the Vicar, sat behind him - he begins the detailed story of his self-realised homosexuality...

Alice is lined up to host an In Conversation programme between herself and David. However, he refuses to take part, considering her too stupid for such a task, and unleashes a tirade of criticism of her live on air - albeit unknowingly.

In order to teach David a lesson for his pomposity, Geraldine schedules the week's final programme as the 'Brain of Dibley' quiz, in which he, as reigning champion, will compete against the young Miss Tinker. However, the Vicar has a trick up her sleeve: she sets all of the questions about the village, and Alice's own family in particular, resulting in Mr Horton losing his prized cup by 245 points to nil.

Broadcast details

Thursday 8th January 1998
30 minutes


  1. Tuesday 12th July 2011 at 10:00pm on Gold
  2. Wednesday 13th July 2011 at 12:00am on Gold
  3. Saturday 15th October 2011 at 8:00pm on Gold
  4. Saturday 15th October 2011 at 11:20pm on Gold
  5. Monday 21st November 2011 at 8:00pm on Gold
  6. Monday 30th January 2012 at 2:00pm on Gold
  7. Thursday 9th February 2012 at 8:00pm on Gold
  8. Friday 10th February 2012 at 2:00pm on Gold
  9. Saturday 10th March 2012 at 2:10pm on Gold
  10. Saturday 7th April 2012 at 9:15am on Gold
  11. Monday 28th May 2012 at 8:20pm on Gold
  12. Tuesday 29th May 2012 at 3:40pm on Gold
  13. Wednesday 6th June 2012 at 7:05pm on Gold
  14. Wednesday 6th June 2012 at 11:40pm on Gold
  15. Thursday 7th June 2012 at 12:20am on Gold
  16. Wednesday 18th July 2012 at 11:15pm on Gold
  17. Sunday 20th January 2013 at 9:40am on Gold
  18. Monday 1st April 2013 at 8:15am on Gold
  19. Wednesday 17th April 2013 at 8:20pm on Gold
  20. Thursday 18th April 2013 at 12:20am on Gold
  21. Monday 8th July 2013 at 7:20pm on Gold
  22. Monday 8th July 2013 at 11:55pm on Gold
  23. Wednesday 11th September 2013 at 8:20pm on Gold
  24. Wednesday 1st January 2014 at 3:30pm on Gold
  25. Thursday 2nd January 2014 at 9:55am on Gold
  26. Friday 10th January 2014 at 11:50am on Gold
  27. Friday 10th January 2014 at 6:40pm on Gold
  28. Tuesday 11th February 2014 at 10:50pm on Gold
  29. Tuesday 22nd April 2014 at 8:00pm on Gold
  30. Wednesday 23rd April 2014 at 3:00pm on Gold
  31. Saturday 22nd November 2014 at 1:00pm on Gold
  32. Friday 2nd January 2015 at 9:05am on Gold
  33. Saturday 24th January 2015 at 7:00pm on Gold
  34. Sunday 25th January 2015 at 1:40pm on Gold
  35. Wednesday 18th March 2015 at 11:05pm on Gold
  36. Thursday 19th March 2015 at 8:30pm on Gold
  37. Monday 6th April 2015 at 4:45pm on Gold
  38. Friday 22nd May 2015 at 9:00pm on Gold
  39. Saturday 23rd May 2015 at 2:05pm on Gold
  40. Tuesday 25th August 2015 at 8:20pm on Gold
  41. Wednesday 26th August 2015 at 3:00pm on Gold
  42. Saturday 12th September 2015 at 4:00pm on Gold
  43. Sunday 13th September 2015 at 10:40am on Gold
  44. Monday 16th November 2015 at 8:50pm on Gold
  45. Tuesday 17th November 2015 at 3:20pm on Gold
  46. Monday 15th February 2016 at 8:55pm on Gold
  47. Tuesday 16th February 2016 at 2:00pm on Gold
  48. Saturday 26th March 2016 at 7:20pm on Gold
  49. Sunday 27th March 2016 at 11:25am on Gold
  50. Monday 20th June 2016 at 1:00pm on Gold
  51. Monday 20th June 2016 at 8:20pm on Gold
  52. Sunday 20th November 2016 at 8:20pm on Gold
  53. Monday 21st November 2016 at 7:00pm on Gold
  54. Monday 1st May 2017 at 5:00pm on Gold
  55. Thursday 13th July 2017 at 2:20pm on Gold
  56. Thursday 13th July 2017 at 7:00pm on Gold
  57. Monday 31st July 2017 at 3:00pm on Gold
  58. Monday 31st July 2017 at 7:40pm on Gold
  59. Friday 12th January 2018 at 9:20pm on Gold
  60. Saturday 13th January 2018 at 1:30pm 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
Writing team
Richard Curtis Writer
Paul Mayhew-Archer Writer
Emma Freud Script Editor
Production team
Jon Plowman Producer
Sue Vertue Producer
Richard Curtis Executive Producer
Peter Bennett-Jones Executive Producer
Chris Wadsworth Editor
Andrew Howe-Davies Production Designer
Howard Goodall Composer

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