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24 September 2014

The Vicar of Dibley

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The Vicar of Dibley

Geraldine Granger is the Vicar of Dibley

When their vicar passed away in the middle of a service, the inhabitants of the small Oxfordshire village of Dibley expected his replacement to be another old man with a beard, a Bible and bad breath.


Instead, they got a babe with a bob-cut and a magnificent bosom. Geraldine Granger is a woman - yes, woman - who enjoys nothing more than a good laugh and a packet of chocolate hob nobs. The thoroughly modern, pop music-loving vicar is far from the only eccentric character in the village, however.

There's local Tory counsellor  David Horton CBE, gentleman farmer and self-acknowledged pillar of the community. As chairman of the parish council, he is generally the first person to oppose anything that even remotely sounds like fun.

Hugo and David Horton

His dim but well-meaning son Hugo is his father's opposite in every way. He eventually manages to woo Alice, the equally spaciously-brained verger and Geraldine's best friend.

Alice and Geraldine

Though her lack of smarts can sometimes make her more of a hindrance than a help, Alice's relationship with Geraldine is genuinely affectionate: she even named her first child after the vicar. Actually, she named her first child after the vicar, her favourite Tellytubby and her favourite TV chef: Geraldine Laa Laa Ainsley Harriott Horton.

Sorry I'm late - sheep exploded. Nasty business.

Owen makes his apologies at the parish council meeting.

Other locals who keep the vicar busy include foul-mouthed farmer Owen Newitt, who takes a rather unhealthy interest in the bowel movements of his cows.

There's also pedantic parish council secretary Frank Pickle; when Mr Horton called him a "pedantic old fart" for keeping the minutes so fastidiously, Frank's response was "Should I actually write 'fart', or 'f**t'?".

Jim Trott

There's stammering Jim Trott, who prefaces every sentence with "No-no-no-no-no-no", generally leading to confusion about whether he's supporting or against something.

The much-missed Letitia Cropley, "the queen of Cordon Bleurgh", was a feature of the first series, famous for her idiosyncratic recipes such as parsnip brownies and lard and fish paste pancakes.

The Vicar Of Dibley was the brainchild of Richard Curtis, famous for penning the likes of Blackadder, Four Weddings And A Funeral and Love, Actually.

The character of Geraldine was created as someone who is the polar opposite of Edmund Blackadder, and whose problems are generally the result of good intentions.

The show first aired in 1994, and has run for three series as well as Christmas Specials in 1996, 1997, 2004 and 2006, and two Comic Relief Specials in 1997 and 1999. Famous guest stars have included Rachel Hunter, Sean Bean, Darcey Bussell, Johnny Depp, Kylie Minogue, Terry Wogan and Sarah, Duchess of York.

The theme music is the 23rd Psalm, arranged by Howard Goodall and performed by "George and the Choir" (The Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford). It was released as a charity single with proceeds to Comic Relief.


Dawn French
Geraldine Granger
Gary Waldhorn
David Horton
James Fleet
Hugo Horton
Emma Chambers
Alice Horton
John Bluthal
Frank Pickle
Trevor Peacock
Jim Trott
Roger Lloyd-Pack
Owen Newitt
Liz Smith
Letitia Cropley


Richard Curtis
Paul Mayhew-Archer
Dewi Humphreys
John Howard Davies
Gareth Carrivick
Sue Vertue
Jon Plowman
Margot Gavan Duffy

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