“You were expecting a bloke with a beard, a bible and bad breath. You’ve got a babe with a bob cut and a magnificent bosom”. When their ancient vicar, Pottle, dies, the villagers of Dibley prepare for a suitable replacement, hoping that the new man is young and enthusiastic enough to stir the locals from their apathy and get a decent-sized congregation packing into the church instead of the recent single-figure attendances.
What they get is Geraldine Granger (Dawn French), a chocolate-guzzling, joke-cracking, irreverent reverend who breezes into the place like a breath of fresh air. Geraldine's optimistic outlook and obvious enthusiasm prove popular with the wacky villagers. The show relies upon the interplay between the major characters, which make up the comedy ensemble. These extreme characters include the staggeringly naive, off-beam young Alice Tinker, who has the IQ of a kettle; the pompous, Conservative, egocentric Horton; his son, the hapless Hugo; the vague parish clerk, Frank; the incomprehensible Jim Trott; the straight-talking land worker Owen; the elderly flower-arranger Letitia, and the comparatively ‘normal’ Geraldine. This is one mix that will guarantee you a laugh! (Source: BBC One)