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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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.

Further details

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

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

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