Starring: Dawn French , Emma Chambers
Directed by: Gareth Carrivick , John Howard Davies
Produced by: Margot Gavan Duffy , Jon Plowman
Written by: Richard Curtis , Paul Mayhew-Archer
The crusty village parishioners of sleepy little Dibley never dreamed their new vicar would be a woman! But Geraldine's warm heart gradually wins over even the most reluctant members of her flock. Dawn French heads a great cast in all 4 seasons. Many extras. 12 1/2 hours on 5 Discs. CC.
Item Number: 14344
Comic Relief Sketches from 1997, 1999 and 2005
Documentary: The Real Vicars of Dibley
Dibley Defrocked - Behind the scenes at the 10th Anniversary Specials
The Vicar of Dibley Story - Cast and crew look back on 12 years of Dibley
Arrival - The Dibley Parish Council have requested that the Bishop provide them a new Vicar after the death of the nonagenarian Percy Pottle. However, when the new Vicar turns up on the doorstep of Parish Council Chairman, David Horton, he is astounded to find that their new man is a woman: Geraldine!
Songs of Praise - The BBC religious series, Songs of Praise, sends a production team to Dibley to tape one of their programs. Geraldine and David have misgivings about this, but Gerry (as she likes to be called) develops a crush on producer, Tristan, while David casts his eye on production assistant, Ruth.
Community Spirit - Geraldine takes on the organization of the annual Autumn Fair and promises to have a featured guest more celebrated than last year's event. Alice, the Verger, tells Geraldine that her cousin is Reg Dwight. And everyone knows that Elton John's real name is....
Window - Dibley is hit by a hurricane, and the fierce storm blows out the stained glass window of St. Barnabas church. The cost of a new window will be at least £11,000, but Geraldine is confident that she can raise this amount from among David's wealthy contacts.
Election - David has been the Councillor in a safe Tory seat for a number of years. But when Geraldine becomes concerned that not enough has been done for his constituency, David finds he now has a village that is prepared to vote for the Vicar.
Animals - Geraldine plans to hold a special service of blessing in St. Barnabas Church for all the animals of the village. As the day approaches she becomes concerned. Will all the animals be properly house trained while in church? Moreover, will any of them try to eat one of the others?
The Easter Bunny - When David suggests Geraldine gives up chocolate for Lent, she agrees. But has she enough willpower, especially with David going out of his way to tempt her?
The Christmas Lunch Incident - Christmas is coming and Geraldine is having problems preparing her sermon for “the biggest gig of the year”. But she is looking forward to opening all 30 of her chocolate Advent calendars and then, of course, there’s all that lovely turkey, roast potatoes and Christmas pudding on Christmas Day. Unfortunately, this year she receives four separate invitations to Christmas dinner and is too kind-hearted to let anyone down...
Engagement - Lovebirds Alice and Hugo have been stuck in the "Gazing Soppily At Each Other" phase of their relationship for nearly a decade now. Geraldine feels it is time to move on and decides to play Cupid. It's not easy but, once she sets the ball rolling and they kiss, it proves even more difficult to prise them apart. While everyone else thinks it will be a marriage made in heaven, David is totally opposed and threatens to disown Hugo. Matters become even more complicated when Geraldine receives an unexpected and unwelcome marriage proposal from Owen Newitt.
Dibley Live - Geraldine sets up Radio Dibley in a bid to bring the community closer together. It should prove interesting as Hugo only has two records for which to DJ, and Alice is busy trying to impress David enough to make him think her a worthy wife for Hugo. Geraldine conducts the world’s first phone-in without a single telephone call, then there is Radio Dibley’s Brain of Britain Quiz Night, and a real surprise for everyone when Frank comes out of the closet.
Celebrity Vicar - When Geraldine is asked to be Terry Wogan's guest on BBC Radio 2's Pause For Thought, she suddenly gets a taste of fame and it goes to her head. The papers print unkind articles on everyone, and Geraldine gets the blame. She comes to her senses in time for the local variety show, a memorable occasion featuring Owen's farting duck, Jim doing the Full Monty, and the prima ballerina from the Royal Ballet and her less elegant new dancing partner.
Love and Marriage - Geraldine prepares for
Autumn - Back home after an extended honeymoon, newlywed
Winter - The Dibley Parish Council puts on a Christmas nativity play that none will forget. Hugo makes a complete bodge of organising it, so Geraldine conducts a series of strange auditions and hastily masterminds the show. On the night, a heavily pregnant Alice (Mary) arrives at the inn on the back of Owen’s tractor; Jim, Frank and Owen make unusual wise men; David's (Herod) is nicer than normal; and Hugo's Joseph is about to become a father in more ways than one.
Summer - This summer in Dibley is a scorcher, and there is a water shortage. Unable to wash their clothes, the villagers are appearing in a strange assortment of garments, especially
Merry Christmas - You don’t often see a supermodel in her undies in the village vicarage. As fast as rumors can fly, the entire
Happy New Year - Convinced once more that their vicar’s heart beats to a heterosexual drum, the villagers give her a surprise she’ll never forget.
The Handsome Stranger - Geraldine is annoyed when she learns that another townie has moved into Dibley, so she goes round to see Harry Kennedy (played by Richard Armitage), who is an accountant, and instantly falls for him and the attraction is mutual. However, she soon sees him with an attractive woman called Rosie (played by Keeley Hawes), but it later turns out she is Harry's sister. He proposes to Geraldine, and she accepts. Meanwhile, Geraldine starts a book club and an art class. Also, after reading The Da Vinci Code Alice thinks that as her name rhymes with chalice she must be descended from Jesus.
The Vicar in White - Geraldine is looking forward to organising her own wedding to Harry (played by Richard Armitage), but the villagers insist on arranging it for her, thinking they are doing her a favour, and she doesn't have the heart to tell them otherwise. Hugo does a This Is Your Life for Geraldine, but this is interrupted by a powercut. The evening before the wedding, Owen, Jim and Jeremy Ogilvy (played by Hugh Bonneville), an old college friend who Geraldine has chosen to conduct her wedding, all propose to her. On her wedding day, her white dress is ruined when Owen drives the car through a puddle and the dress is covered with mud. Geraldine then goes to the church in her pyjamas, and bridesmaid Alice is dressed as the Tenth Doctor with two Daleks, and Geraldine marries Harry. After the ceremony, Geraldine literally flies up into the sky as a sign of happiness.
|Geraldine Grainger||---||Dawn French|
|David Horton||---||Gary Waldhorn|
|Alice Tinker||---||Emma Chambers|
|Hugo Horton||---||James Fleet|
|Owen Nesbitt||---||Roger Lloyd Pack|
|Frank Pickle||---||John Bluthal|
|Jim Trott||---||Trevor Peacock|
|Letitia Cropley||---||Liz Smith|
Written by Richard Curtis, Paul Mayhew-Archer, Kit Hesketh-Harvey
Directed by Martin Dennis, Gareth Carrivick, John Howard Davies, Dewi Humphreys, Ed Bye
Produced by Jon Plowman, Philippa Catt, Margot Gavan Duffy, Sue Vertue, Sophie Clarke-Jervoise
Executive Produced by Richard Curtis, Peter Bennett-Jones, Jon Plowman
“Gloriously daft characters and the jokes are not just comical but clever as well.” -Daily Mirror
“I have been converted... I keep laughing.” -News of the World
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