||The Vicar of Dibley
||1994 - 2007 (BBC1)
||20 (3 Series + Specials)
||Dawn French, Gary Waldhorn, Emma Chambers, James Fleet, Roger
Lloyd Pack, John Bluthal, Trevor Peacock, Liz Smith
||Richard Curtis, Paul Mayhew-Archer
||Dewi Humphreys, Gareth Carrivick (1), John Howard Davies (1)
||Tiger Aspect Productions
||Turville, Buckinghamshire & BBC Studios
Geraldine Grainger is the jolly, down-to-earth female vicar
of a small country village called Dibley which is inhabited by oddballs.
After overcoming the town's initial shock at her gender Geraldine
helps to improve the village. The locals include the very, very
dim verger Alice Tinker, David Horton the pompous parish councillor,
Hugo his indecisive son, the incomprehensible Jim Trott, Frank
the boring parish clerk, straight-talking farmer Owen Newitt
and terrible cook Letitia.
'The Vicar of Dibley' is a laugh-out-loud sitcom which has built up a huge fan base. It's the brilliant casting
of the odd villagers (from "no, no, no... yes" Jim
Trott to "anchovies-with-peanut-butter sandwiches" Letitia)
and gentle writing which sets this sitcom apart from all the other run-of-the-mill church comedies.
Like most other popular sitcoms 'The Vicar of Dibley'
receives a bit of a backlash from those that consider
themselves 'comedy connoisseurs' however their
arguments are made to look fairly weak when Dibley's huge audience
figures are brought into the picture. It was a bit of a shock
when Dibley managed to gain 3rd
place in Britain's Best Sitcom vote however we guess this goes to show just
how much the country loves Geraldine and her odd villagers!
The Vicar of Dibley has now apparently finished for good according to Richard Curtis - no more episodes will be written.
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