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British Comedy: The Vicar of Dibley

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People who added this item 196 Average listal rating (147 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 8
Years: 1994-2007
Broadcaster: BBC
Genre: Sitcom
Written by: Richard Curtis. Paul Mayhew-Archer,
Kit Hesketh-Harvey
Stars: Dawn French, Gary Waldhorn
Episodes: 20
Episode Average: 8.100*
BEST EPISODES:
Merry Christmas (2004), The Christmas Lunch Incident (1996)
*including specials
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SERIES ONE

(1994)
6 episodes
Series Score: 45
Episode Average: 7.5
Perfect 10's: 0
S1E1

THE ARRIVAL

Originally broadcast: 10 November 1994
Directed by: Dewi Humphreys
Written by: Richard Curtis
When the vicar dies, David Horton is horrified when his replacement turns out to be a woman, and he tries to force through a motion to have her removed.

"Yeah. And instead you got a babe with a bob-cut and a magnificent bosom."
HOLY GODIVA 4 - ONION JACK 4
TOTAL: 8

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S1E2

SONGS OF PRAISE

Originally broadcast: 17 November 1994
Directed by: Dewi Humphreys
Written by: Richard Curtis & Kit Hesketh-Harvey
Although at first reluctant, both Geraldine and David are soon won over when Songs of Praise arrive to film at St. Barnabas'.

"Might have known, we're the sex interest, let's just flip over to BBC1, apparently the vicar's got a nice pair of knockers!"
HOLY GODIVA 4 - ONION JACK 4
TOTAL: 8

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S1E3

COMMUNITY SPIRIT

Originally broadcast: 24 November 1994
Directed by: Dewi Humphreys
Written by: Richard Curtis & Paul Mayhew-Archer
Unimpressed at past efforts, Geraldine wants to make the fete more successful by having a celebrity guest, but all looks lost, until Alice mentions that she might have celebrity connections.

"No no no no no no... parking is allowed in the top field."
HOLY GODIVA 4 - ONION JACK 5
TOTAL: 9

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S1E4

THE WINDOW AND THE WEATHER

Originally broadcast: 1 December 1994
Directed by: Dewi Humphreys
Written by: Richard Curtis
There are two problems when a storm of debatable greatness destroys the church window, nobody can remember what it depicted, and how can they raise £11,000.

"So, where are we, we've got St. Barnabas and a mysterious chap holding a big book could it be that we have here the first depiction in stained glass of 'This Is Your Life'?"
HOLY GODIVA 4 - ONION JACK 4
TOTAL: 8

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S1E5

ELECTION

Originally broadcast: 8 December 1994
Directed by: Dewi Humphreys
Written by: Richard Curtis & Paul Mayhew-Archer
It's election time and the villagers want a reluctant Geraldine to stand against David, but she sees a different way for the village voice to be heard.

"No not really, cor I had a terrible night, my bottom had a worse one. Those chocolate sandwiches! That Cropley woman really is the Queen of Cordon Bleurgh!"
HOLY GODIVA 3 - ONION JACK 3
TOTAL: 6

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S1E6

ANIMALS

Originally broadcast: 15 December 1994
Directed by: Dewi Humphreys
Written by: Richard Curtis
Geraldine decides to hold a service for animals after being touched by how sad a villager is after losing a pet.

"Look come on, come on, come on now, come on, come on,
we'll pray for all of 'em, the whole bunch of Carrots."
HOLY GODIVA 3 - ONION JACK 3
TOTAL: 6
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SPECIAL

(1996)




SPECIAL

THE EASTER BUNNY

Originally broadcast: 8 April 1996
Directed by: John Howard Davies
Written by: Paul Mayhew-Archer & Richard Curtis
The death Of Letitia Cropley brings sadness to Dibley, just as the council are making all kinds of sacrifices for Lent.

"If I'd have known becoming a priest would entail dressing up in a rabbit costume, I'd have had a complete rethink and taken up prostitution, as indeed my headmistress originally suggested... mind you, I'd have probably ended up in a rabbit costume then as well."
HOLY GODIVA 5 - ONION JACK 5
TOTAL: 10


SPECIAL

THE CHRISTMAS LUNCH INCIDENT

Originally broadcast: 25 December 1996
Directed by: Gareth Carrivick
Written by: Richard Curtis & Paul Mayhew-Archer
The village ensure that Geraldine won't be going hungry this Christmas.

"If I ever actually meet Delia Smith in person, I'm afraid I'm going to have to strangle her with my bare hands and stuff cranberries into every available orifice"
HOLY GODIVA 5 - ONION JACK 5
TOTAL: 10
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SERIES TWO

(1997-1998)
4 episodes
Series Score: 32
Episode Average: 8.0
Perfect 10's: 1
S2E1

ENGAGEMENT

Originally broadcast: 26 December 1997
Directed by: Dewi Humphreys
Written by: Paul Mayhew-Archer & Richard Curtis
Geraldine helps Hugo and Alice get past their first kiss and then there's no stopping them, but Geraldine learns that a first kiss isn't always the start of something great.

"Because if there's one thing I can't stand it's a woman who drinks. So, no, I'm not upset at all. In fact I'm very grateful to you from saving me from marriage to a lush who reeks of gin from dusk till dawn. Madam, I bid you farewell, you revolting old soak."
HOLY GODIVA 3 - ONION JACK 3
TOTAL: 6

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S2E2

DIBLEY LIVE

Originally broadcast: 8 January 1998
Directed by: Dewi Humphreys
Written by: Paul Mayhew-Archer & Richard Curtis
Radio Dibley takes to the air, on which Frank admits he's gay, and Alice takes on David in a quiz.

"This is the first time I've noticed it, the vicar's got a very nice arse."
HOLY GODIVA 4 - ONION JACK 4
TOTAL: 8

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S2E3

CELEBRITY VICAR

Originally broadcast: 15 January 1998
Directed by: Dewi Humphreys
Written by: Paul Mayhew-Archer & Richard Curtis
Geraldine becomes a celebrity on the back of her stint on Radio Dibley, but is then accused of putting herself before the community.

"Get a move on you strange and insane idiot!"
HOLY GODIVA 5 - ONION JACK 5
TOTAL: 10

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S2E4

LOVE AND MARRIAGE

Originally broadcast: 22 January 1998
Directed by: Dewi Humphreys
Written by: Paul Mayhew-Archer & Richard Curtis
Hugo and Alice get married in their own special way... but not after a scare or two, and Geraldine has a new man in her sights.

"I would like to begin with a quotation from that great song of Abba's. No no no no knowing me. No no no no knowing you."
HOLY GODIVA 4 - ONION JACK 4
TOTAL: 8
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SERIES THREE


Also known as The Seasonal Specials

(1999-2000)
4 episodes
Series Score: 32
Episode Average: 8.0
Perfect 10's: 1
S3E1

AUTUMN

Originally broadcast: 24 December 1999
Directed by: Gareth Carrivick
Written by: Paul Mayhew-Archer & Richard Curtis
Hugo and Alice return from honeymoon with tales of cocaine, and Geraldine enjoys a romance with Simon.

"Well, I shouldn't think it's a case of 'willy-nilly', willy's got to be willing, you can't do it with a willy that's nilly!"
HOLY GODIVA 4 - ONION JACK 4
TOTAL: 8

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S3E2

WINTER

Originally broadcast: 25 December 1999
Directed by: Gareth Carrivick
Written by: Paul Mayhew-Archer & Richard Curtis
Geraldine organises a Christmas show at Owen's farm, and a pregnant Alice takes the role of Mary.

"Yep, see your point, but on the other hand... if you leave me high and dry with this play now, this fist will cause you all sort of damage externally, in the face department, do you see? Obviously the choice is yours."
HOLY GODIVA 5 - ONION JACK 5
TOTAL: 10

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S3E3

SPRING

Originally broadcast: 27 December 1999
Directed by: Gareth Carrivick
Written by: Paul Mayhew-Archer & Richard Curtis
Geraldine is christened, and David tries to woo the vicar after realising how right she is.

"Well that is life isn't it, full of confusion, I found this gorgeous girl in Thailand, we snogged... well we more than snogged, I asked her to marry me... she said yes, we got married on a pineapple-strewn beach, on the first night of the honeymoon...she takes off all her clothes, and it turns out she's a bloke called Dwayne, she was just after a passport, didn't love me at all."
HOLY GODIVA 3 - ONION JACK 3
TOTAL: 6

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S3E4

SUMMER

Originally broadcast: 1 January 2000
Directed by: Gareth Carrivick
Written by: Paul Mayhew-Archer & Richard Curtis
Looking for a way to mark the new millennium, Geraldine comes up with the idea of a statue, and the water company propose turning Dibley into a reservoir to combat water shortage problems.

"Oh that's a lovely theme for a statue isn't it, Queen Elizabeth, the Tudor Chunderer!"
HOLY GODIVA 4 - ONION JACK 4
TOTAL: 8
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A VERY
DIBLEY CHRISTMAS

(2004-2005)




SPECIAL

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Originally broadcast: 25 December 2004
Directed by: Martin Dennis
Written by: Richard Curtis & Paul Mayhew-Archer
There's speculation about a gay vicar after a brief encounter with Rachel Hunter, and Christmas brings too much chocolate, festive spirit and carolling.

"No, no you can't help at all I'm afraid, I wish you could help but... erm...it's just too late, could you hold this for me please? Because I'm going in."
HOLY GODIVA 5 - ONION JACK 5
TOTAL: 10


SPECIAL

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Originally broadcast: 1 January 2005
Directed by: Martin Dennis
Written by: Richard Curtis & Paul Mayhew-Archer
Geraldine gets a ticket for speed dating for her 40th birthday, Hugo offers to impregnate her, and the vicar tries to encourage the villagers to help towards making poverty history.

"Oh look Hettie, you appear to have left your bottom at home!"
HOLY GODIVA 2 - ONION JACK 2
TOTAL: *4
*We felt that this episode was just wrong, it had a funny speed dating part basically bookended by an appeal. This is inappropriate for this kind of show, it simply doesn't fit. If not for the speed dating element, it may have been scored even lower. We have no issue with sketches for good causes, but this was supposed to be a proper episode, totally wrong.
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A HOLY WHOLLY
HAPPY ENDING

(2006-2007)




SPECIAL

THE HANDSOME STRANGER

Originally broadcast: 25 December 2006
Directed by: Ed Bye
Written by: Richard Curtis & Paul Mayhew-Archer
Geraldine begins a romance with a new man in the village, but is disturbed to learn that she has a rival for his affections, and the villagers try a variety of community projects, like a book club, art class, and village newsletter.

"Oh gosh, how's it going with Mr. Dreamboat? Has he driven his purple Porsche into your parking space yet?"
HOLY GODIVA 5 - ONION JACK 4
TOTAL: 9


SPECIAL

THE VICAR IN WHITE

Originally broadcast: 1 January 2007
Directed by: Ed Bye
Written by: Richard Curtis & Paul Mayhew-Archer
As a thank you, the villagers take it on themselves to organise Geraldine's big day, while she has to deal with three marriage proposals the night before the big day.

"And if I put this on and look like Widow Twanky, as portrayed by the actor Christopher Biggins... I'll cocking kill you!"
HOLY GODIVA 5 - ONION JACK 5
TOTAL: 10
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People who added this item 0 Average listal rating (0 ratings) 0 IMDB Rating 5.2
Comic Relief (1997)

COMIC RELIEF
SPECIALS





COMIC RELIEF SPECIAL

Ballykissdibley
Originally broadcast: 14 March 1997
Written by: Richard Curtis

Father Clifford visits from Ballykissangel, and meets the strange folk of Dibley, before being easily persuaded to buy kisses from Geraldine.


RED NOSE DAY SPECIAL

Celebrity Party
Originally broadcast: 12 March 1999
Written by: Richard Curtis

Geraldine meets Johnny Depp and invites him to a party at the vicarage, and he brings some famous friends, but a power cut means that they can't actually be seen, so were they really there at all?


COMIC RELIEF SPECIAL

Antiques Roadshow
Originally broadcast: 11 March 2005
Written by: Richard Curtis

The villagers take a variety of items to be valued on Antiques Roadshow, ranging from paintings to a cauliflower.



COMIC RELIEF SPECIAL

Wife Swap
Originally broadcast: 16 March 2007
Written by: Richard Curtis
& Paul Mayhew-Archer
Sting stays at the vicarage when Geraldine and Harry go on Celebrity Wife Swap.


COMIC RELIEF SPECIAL

Women Bishops
Originally broadcast: 15 March 2013


Geraldine heads to London with the parishioners to vote on the issue of women bishops, but then make the mistake of sending Jim in to cast the vote.


COMIC RELIEF SPECIAL

The Bishop of Dibley
Originally broadcast: 13 March 2015


Geraldine is one of six lady vicars chosen as possible bishops.
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CHARACTERS


REVEREND BOADICEA GERALDINE GRANGER*

Played by Dawn French
26 Episodes
in... Community Spirit (1994)

*This is the name given to David Horton in an earlier episode, but the name given on herwedding day is 'Geraldine Julie Andrews Dick Van Dyke SupercalifragilisticexpialidociousChim Chiminee Chim Chiminee Chim Chimcharee Granger'.
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CLLR DAVID HORTON MBA MA (cantab)

Played by Gary Waldhorn
25 Episodes
in... Election (1994)

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HUGO HORTON

Played by James Fleet
26 Episodes
in... The Easter Bunny (1996)


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JIM TROTT

Played by Trevor Peacock
26 Episodes
in... The Vicar in White (2007)


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OWEN NEWITT

Played by Roger Lloyd-Pack
25 Episodes
in... Animals (1994)


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ALICE SPRINGS TINKER

Played by Emma Chambers
24 Episodes
in... The Christmas Lunch Incident (1996)


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FRANK PICKLE

Played by John Bluthal
22 Episodes
in... Celebrity Vicar (1998)


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LETITIA CROPLEY

Played by Liz Smith
7 Episodes
in... Election Time (1994)


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CECIL, THE CHOIRMASTER

Played by Simon McBurney
4 Episodes
in... Love and Marriage (1998)


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Geraldine's
HIM SHEET


TRISTRAM CAMPBELL

Played by Peter Capaldi
2 Episodes
in... Songs of Praise (1994)
*Accepted his request for her to marry him



FATHER PETER CLIFFORD

Played by Stephen Tompkinson
SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCE
in... Ballykissdibley (1997)
COMIC RELIEF SPECIAL



JOHNNY DEPP


SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCE
in... Celebrity Party (1999)
RED NOSE DAY SPECIAL



SIMON HORTON

Played by Clive Mantle
2 Episodes
in... Autumn (1999)




DAVID HORTON

Played by Gary Waldhorn
25 Episodes
in... Spring (1999)
*Only briefly accepted his proposal
of marriage


SEAN BEAN


SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCE
in... Spring (1999)




RACHEL HUNTER


SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCE
in... Merry Christmas (2004)
*Not a him, but Geraldine would if she
was so inclined.


HARRY KENNEDY

Played by Richard Armitage
2 Episodes
in... Handsome Stranger (2006)




STING


SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCE
in... Wife Swap (2007)
COMIC RELIEF SPECIAL

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Part of the
British Comedy Collection
The Vicar of Dibley is about Geraldine Granger, a female vicar assigned to a small Oxfordshire village not longer after the Church of England changed its ordination rules. She faces some resistance at first, but is given the opportunity to prove herself, and it doesn't take long for her to fit into the village of weird and wonderful people.
SERIES SCORES
Series 1: 7.5
Series 2: 8.0
Series 3: 8.0
FAVOURITE EPISODES
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1. Merry Christmas
(Special -2004)

2. The Christmas Lunch Incident
(Special -1996)

3. Winter
(Series 3, Episode 2 - 1999)

4. Easter Bunny
(Special - 1996)

5. Celebrity Vicar
(Series 2, Episode 3 - 1998)
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1. Merry Christmas
(Special - 2004)

2. The Christmas Lunch Incident
(Special - 1996)

3. The Vicar in White
(Special - 2007)

4. Easter Bunny
(Special - 1996)

5. Winter
(Series 3, Episode 2 - 1999)

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