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 1 is repeated on Gold on Saturday at 9am.

2004/2005 Specials - Merry Christmas

It's been 10 years since Geraldine arrived in Dibley, and the villagers set out to celebrate in ways that only they could dream of. A lingerie model, chocolate fountain, copious amounts of wine and the Archbishop of Canterbury make this a Christmas to remember!

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The Vicar Of Dibley. Image shows from L to R: Owen Newitt (Roger Lloyd-Pack), Jim Trott (Trevor Peacock), Frank Pickle (John Bluthal), Geraldine Grainger (Dawn French). Copyright: Tiger Aspect Productions.

It's Geraldine's 10th Christmas in Dibley. A party is arranged for Christmas Eve, and Hugo has the bright idea of villagers competing to write a new carol to mark the occasion, which Geraldine meets with enthusiasm. David comments that she ought to be a Bishop by now, and, only half-jokingly, adds that she is wasting her life in the village. Could he be right, Geri begins to wonder?

Back at the vicarage, she and Alice end up talking about which female celebrities they would fancy if they were so inclined. Flicking through a fashion magazine, the Vicar picks lingerie model Rachel Hunter. Perhaps a little predictably for the mad little village of Dibley, this is a bad move: the next day, Rachel appears at the front door. She's running late for an event in another nearby village and needs somewhere to change - when Alice walks into the house, Rachel appears on the stairs in only her underwear!

Later, Geraldine discovers that Frank has decided not to attend the party. As he explains that everyone, from his psychiatrist to his mother, has told him that he ruins any event he is at, Geri's compassion overtakes her brain and she invites him to not only attend but deliver the keynote speech in her honour. Frustrated at Frank's continued dithering, Geraldine wonders again whether she is having any effect whatsoever in the village, and begins looking at an application for a higher position...

At the party the next day, everyone is astonished that Frank has taken the Vicar's advice. His speech is not just clear and to the point, it's short! David reveals that he has organised two very special surprises for the devoted Vicar. With a flourish, Jim and Owen unveil the first: a gigantic chocolate fountain, which she is overcome by and literally - and very enthusiastically - dives into. David looks on aghast as he reluctantly is forced to reveal his second surprise: the Archbishop of Canterbury! Shocked, and drippnig with liquified chocolate, Geri drops to her knees. And invites the Archbishop to lick her.

After the party, washed and dried, Geraldine becomes increasingly depressed at having shown herself up in front of the Archbishop. Surely there is now absolutely no chance of promotion, nor any other kind of escape from the insanity of Dibley? Now completely drunk, she just about manages to greet Alice - who reminds her that it's Christmas Eve, and in 9 minutes she is supposed to be delivering Midnight Mass!

With a mix of cold-water head-dunking, face slapping and shouting, Alice sobers her friend up a little. Unfortunately, not enough to pull off the service unnoticed, even on the pretence of the 'performance' being "a warning about the collapse of society if someone as important as a vicar falls prey to binge drinking"!

Broadcast details

Date
Saturday 25th December 2004
Time
9:25pm
Channel
BBC One
Length
55 minutes

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    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
    Simon McBurney Cecil (Choir Master)
    Justin Pierre Rachel's Boyfriend
    Brian Perkins Archbishop of Canterbury
    Rachel Hunter Self
    Writing team
    Richard Curtis Writer
    Paul Mayhew-Archer Writer
    Emma Freud Script Editor
    Production team
    Martin Dennis Director
    Philippa Catt Producer
    Richard Curtis Executive Producer
    Peter Bennett-Jones Executive Producer
    Jon Plowman Executive Producer
    Barry Osment Editor
    Andrew Howe-Davies Production Designer
    Howard Goodall Composer

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