British Comedy Guide

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 4 is repeated on Gold on Friday at 9:55pm.

Series 2, Episode 2 - Celebrity Vicar

Following the success of Radio Dibley, the Vicar finds herself becoming somewhat of a minor celebrity, appearing across radio, TV, newspapers and even glossy magazines. It soon appears that Geraldine is neglecting her parish in pursuit of arrogant fame - is it time for her to leave Dibley?

Full synopsis

The annual Valentine's gala night is creeping up quickly, but the council can't agree on a date for it - it looks like November 23rd may be the first free evening.

Harder still is the decision of what to include in the show. Jim has been inspired by the film The Full Monty and wants to do a complete strip, the prospect of which fills everyone with horror. Owen has a trusty trick up his sleeve: his "amazing farting duck"; meanwhile, Frank has some very dull impressions he wants to perform, such as his cousin both before and after his tonsillectomy!

Following the success of Radio Dibley, Geraldine is invited to join Terry Wogan as guest for Radio 4's Pause For Thought. Her appearance on the show sparks an avalance of accolades and fame, and she soon finds herself taking part in many other programmes, including Any Questions, Countdown, and Noel's House Party - where the game "Find the Vicar's Knickers" was a particular success!

After showing initial caution and restraint, Geri's attitude to her new-found fame is soon all too casual and, at times, arrogant. The villagers express disappointment as she appears to devote more time to fashion shoots than she does to her parish.

To compound matters, a journalist writing a piece on the Vicar asks the villagers for anecdotes, and a very different series of articles appear in the national press: Hugo is dubbed "Rich as Croesus, thick as shit"; Frank "No, no, no, no, no brain"; and Owen "Britain's B.O. King".

Just as it looks like Geraldine will be forced to tender her resignation and leave Dibley for good, Alice devises a plan that's sure to win back the parishoners' favour, plus a nice sum toward a village nursery. It all hinges on a chance meeting with ballet star Darcey Bussell and the upcoming gala night...

Broadcast details

Date
Thursday 15th January 1998
Time
8:30pm
Channel
BBC One
Length
30 minutes

Repeats

  1. Wednesday 13th July 2011 at 10:00pm on Gold
  2. Thursday 14th July 2011 at 12:00am on Gold
  3. Thursday 18th August 2011 at 10:00pm on Gold
  4. Friday 19th August 2011 at 12:00am on Gold
  5. Saturday 15th October 2011 at 6:40pm on Gold
  6. Sunday 16th October 2011 at 1:20pm on Gold
  7. Thursday 24th November 2011 at 8:00pm on Gold
  8. Friday 25th November 2011 at 4:00pm on Gold
  9. Monday 30th January 2012 at 2:40pm on Gold
  10. Thursday 9th February 2012 at 8:40pm on Gold
  11. Friday 10th February 2012 at 2:40pm on Gold
  12. Saturday 7th April 2012 at 9:55am on Gold
  13. Wednesday 25th July 2012 at 9:00pm on Gold
  14. Wednesday 25th July 2012 at 11:40pm on Gold
  15. Friday 9th November 2012 at 7:40pm on Gold
  16. Saturday 10th November 2012 at 1:30pm on Gold
  17. Sunday 20th January 2013 at 10:20am on Gold
  18. Monday 1st April 2013 at 8:55am on Gold
  19. Friday 19th April 2013 at 12:20am on Gold
  20. Friday 19th April 2013 at 8:20pm on Gold
  21. Tuesday 9th July 2013 at 7:20pm on Gold
  22. Wednesday 10th July 2013 at 12:00am on Gold
  23. Wednesday 18th September 2013 at 7:40pm on Gold
  24. Thursday 2nd January 2014 at 3:30pm on Gold
  25. Friday 3rd January 2014 at 10:15am on Gold
  26. Friday 10th January 2014 at 12:30pm on Gold
  27. Friday 10th January 2014 at 7:20pm on Gold
  28. Tuesday 18th February 2014 at 9:00pm on Gold
  29. Tuesday 22nd April 2014 at 8:40pm on Gold
  30. Wednesday 23rd April 2014 at 3:40pm on Gold
  31. Saturday 22nd November 2014 at 1:40pm on Gold
  32. Friday 2nd January 2015 at 9:45am on Gold
  33. Saturday 24th January 2015 at 7:40pm on Gold
  34. Sunday 25th January 2015 at 2:20pm on Gold
  35. Wednesday 25th March 2015 at 10:20pm on Gold
  36. Thursday 26th March 2015 at 7:40pm on Gold
  37. Monday 6th April 2015 at 5:25pm on Gold
  38. Friday 22nd May 2015 at 9:40pm on Gold
  39. Saturday 23rd May 2015 at 2:45pm on Gold
  40. Wednesday 26th August 2015 at 8:20pm on Gold
  41. Thursday 27th August 2015 at 3:40pm on Gold
  42. Saturday 12th September 2015 at 4:40pm on Gold
  43. Sunday 13th September 2015 at 11:20am on Gold
  44. Tuesday 17th November 2015 at 8:00pm on Gold
  45. Wednesday 18th November 2015 at 2:40pm on Gold
  46. Tuesday 16th February 2016 at 8:00pm on Gold
  47. Wednesday 17th February 2016 at 12:40pm on Gold
  48. Saturday 26th March 2016 at 8:00pm on Gold
  49. Sunday 27th March 2016 at 12:05pm on Gold
  50. Tuesday 21st June 2016 at 1:00pm on Gold
  51. Tuesday 21st June 2016 at 8:20pm on Gold
  52. Monday 21st November 2016 at 7:40pm on Gold
  53. Tuesday 22nd November 2016 at 7:00pm on Gold
  54. Monday 1st May 2017 at 5:40pm on Gold
  55. Friday 14th July 2017 at 2:20pm on Gold
  56. Friday 14th July 2017 at 7:00pm on Gold
  57. Tuesday 1st August 2017 at 3:00pm on Gold
  58. Tuesday 1st August 2017 at 7:40pm on Gold
  59. Friday 19th January 2018 at 9:20pm on Gold
  60. Wednesday 14th February 2018 at 8:40pm on Gold
  61. Thursday 15th February 2018 at 2:40pm 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
Guest cast
Charlotte Palmer Autograph Lady
Terry Wogan Self (Voice)
Darcey Bussell Self
Writing team
Richard Curtis Writer
Paul Mayhew-Archer Writer
Emma Freud Script Editor
Production team
Dewi Humphreys Director
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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