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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The Vicar Of Dibley. Geraldine Grainger (Dawn French). Copyright: Tiger Aspect Productions.

The Vicar Of Dibley In Lockdown, Episode 1

The nation's favourite vicar returns to offer her thoughts about lockdown and social distancing, and tries to persuade her parishioners to use their time indoors to catch up on their Bible reading.

Further details

The nation's favourite vicar returns with a collection of online sermons to the good people of her parish. She explains the difference between metres and miles when it comes to social distancing and finds that Owen Newitt's interpretation of it may have distinctly illegal connotations.

She also points out to all that lockdown might be a good time to catch up on some Bible reading but finds from her own reading of the good book that sometimes it is harder that you might imagine to be among the blessed peacemakers.

Broadcast details

Date
Monday 7th December 2020
Time
8:50pm
Channel
BBC One
Length
10 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Dawn French Geraldine Grainger
James Fleet Hugo Horton
Guest cast
Natalie Davies Mrs. Uddin
Writing team
Richard Curtis Writer
Paul Mayhew-Archer Writer
Production team
Barbara Wiltshire Director
Jon Plowman Producer
Richard Curtis Executive Producer
Peter Bennett-Jones Executive Producer
Ben Caudell Executive Producer

Press

Dawn French takes the knee in The Vicar Of Dibley

Dawn French takes the knee and delivers a Black Lives Matter sermon in The Vicar Of Dibley Christmas episodes.

Jill Robinson, The Sun, 6th December 2020

The Vicar Of Dibley In Lockdown review

For even in these bite-sized samples, The Vicar of Dibley is a sweet, warm-hearted comedy, living up to Geraldine's stated sentiments to "be gentle and kind... and appreciate every God-given day". But it's a short step to being twee, even trite, which the mild, only fitfully funny, script doesn't always avoid. The slightness of the format and the near absence of a supporting cast only emphasise these shortcomings.

Steve Bennett, Chortle, 7th December 2020

Dawn French reacts to criticism over Dibley's BLM scene

Dawn French has appeared to dismiss criticism over The Vicar Of Dibley's forthcoming Black Lives Matter scene.

Alex Green, Yahoo, 7th December 2020

The Vicar Of Dibley In Lockdown review

Dawn French revives the amiable nonsense that graced our screens between 1994 and 2007 - but it's just not the same without all the dearly departed eccentrics.

Stuart Jeffries, The Guardian, 7th December 2020

The Vicar Of Dibley In Lockdown, BBC1, review

A blessed return, but all too brief.

Sarah Carson, i Newspaper, 7th December 2020

The Vicar Of Dibley In Lockdown review

Geraldine Granger delivers Zoom sermons to locked-down Dibley parishioners.

Flora Carr, Radio Times, 7th December 2020

Review: The Vicar Of Dibley In Lockdown

A lame lockdown return of Dawn French's amiable parish priest.

Brian Donaldson, The List, 7th December 2020

The Vicar Of Dibley In Lockdown, episode 1 review

It's not quite the same without the ensemble cast, but a little bit of Geraldine Grainger is always pleasant company.

Anita Singh, The Telegraph, 7th December 2020

Dibley meets BLM: is Curits atoning for Notting Hill?

By his own admission, the Love Actually creator has a spotty record on diversity. Will Dawn French taking the knee help?

Susannah Goldsbrough, The Telegraph, 7th December 2020

The Vicar Of Dibley In Lockdown review

Zoom but no zest in this comedy resurrection.

Carol Midgley, The Times, 8th December 2020

Review: The Vicar Of Dibley In Lockdown

Old jokes might not always be the best but they're the ones we love most. That's what makes it such a pleasure to see Dawn French back as the Rev Geraldine Granger in The Vicar Of Dibley In Lockdown (BBC1).

Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail, 8th December 2020

Why is The Vicar of Dibley taking the knee?

Even fictional characters are now expected to deliver woke sermons.

Paddy Hannam, Spiked, 8th December 2020
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