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The Vicar of Dibley - The Complete Series 1 (2003)

Dawn French  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Dawn French
  • Writers: Richard Curtis
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 21, 2003
  • Run Time: 175 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (313 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000ALPJL
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,185 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Vicar of Dibley - The Complete Series 1" on IMDb

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The most British of British sitcoms, The Vicar of Dibley has well earned its success, which had nothing to do with the whoops-mind-my-bosoms potential in casting Dawn French in the role of a female vicar foisted upon a sleepy and ultra-conservative English village. Rather this series, set in a rural, largely middle-class environment, is essentially the flip side of, say, Inspector Morse. It's resolutely un-dumbed down, with scalpel-sharp dialogue and a standard of humor that owes more to Tom Stoppard than to mainstream primetime comedy. This release includes the entire first series, in which the vicar has to deal with the inevitable bemusement caused by her arrival and her well-intentioned involvement in the affairs of the community, together with the superbly funny episode in which she realizes she's accepted several invitations to Christmas lunch and can't bring herself to disappoint any of the hosts (never before has a sprout-eating contest provoked so much mirth). Above all, though, watch out for the episode that features Kylie Minogue giving the kind of hands-on performance usually associated with classic Morecambe and Wise or Ab Fab--when stars of this stature are happy to send themselves up in a television comedy, you know it's a good sign. --Roger Thomas

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The sleepy village of Dibley has a new vicar, but it's not your standard order bloke with beard, bible and bad breath - it's Dawn French, of the hilarious comedy duo French and Saunders. Armed with a sharp wit, a double dose of double entendre and healthy supply of chocolate, she brings the town's lovable - though rather eccentric - inhabitants a hysterical new outlook on life, love and the Church of England that will leave audiences in stitches!

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80 of 80 people found the following review helpful
THE VICAR OF DIBLEY finally makes it to DVD, with the hilarious first season. Join Dawn French & Co. for six superb episodes of the BBC comedy hit written by Richard Curtis (FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL).
Welcome to Dibley, filled with some perfectly-peculiar characters like Letitia Cropley (Liz Smith), Frank Pickle (John Bluthal), Jim Trott (Trevor Peacock) and Owen Newitt (Roger Lloyd Pack). Governing Dibley with an iron fist and a sealed wallet is snooty David Horton (Gary Waldhorn) and his young dimwit son Hugo (James Fleet). Last but not least is the truly-terrifying Alice Tinker (Emma Chambers), the resident verger of the church.
"Arrival" - After the 102-year-old Reverend Pottle carks it, the town of Dibley awaits its new vicar for St. Barnabus Church. When the totally-unexpected Reverend Geraldine Boadicea Granger (Dawn French) arrives in town, no-one is prepared for what is to follow.
"Songs of Praise" - Geraldine discovers that the BBC wish to film an episode of 'Songs of Praise' at the local church. There's only one problem: there's no choir. Whilst Gerry and Alice quickly arrange auditions for the prospective choir, the rest of the town quickly starts becoming stage-struck...
"Community Spirit" - With the annual Autumn Fayre looming, Gerry decides to get some more publicity for the event by getting a big celebrity to open it. An idea more easily said than actually achieved. When Alice casually mentions she has a long-lost cousin called Reg Dwight, Gerry puts two and two together and thinks she is referring to Elton John...
"The Window and the Weather" - A big storm, arguably the biggest the town has ever known, has destroyed the beautiful stained-glass window of the church.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Vicar is still the best of the best November 27, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
When reviewing the first four tapes of "Vicar" I pointed out that all twelve episodes were much of the same thing: the best comedy you're likely to find anywhere. It has taken a year for me to get my hands on these latest two tapes and I have to admit that I was a little apprehensive: could that quality have been maintained? The grateful answer to that is an unqualified "yes". Unlike many series, this one has not taken a nosedive.
Having said that, I have to point out that it is not exactly "much of the same thing". The differences are subtle (or I think they are), but very much in evidence. Formerly the characters who inhabit the magical, mad villiage of Dibley were eccentric (and that is a subtle understatement), but in these last four episodes (i.e. volumes five and six) they become more and more absurd. Is it at all likely, for example, that Alice might suddenly speak fluent Hebrew and indulge in a tirade about implied homosexual rape? Would even Owen seriously consider juggling with live babies? What about Frank's increased references to his own homosexuality? And as for Jim's outfit for one of the Kings in the Nativity ...
These questions do not in the least take away from the hilarity of the series. Quite the contrary: they add an absurdist twist which induces the kind of hysterical laughter that forces one to stop the video for a while, just to calm down before the next onslaught. In so many ways these absurdities help to save the situation from becoming dull and predictable (although there are one or two really predictable jokes).
A must for devoted fans, newcomers might prefer to watch the first four tapes before embarking on these latest ones. I suspect that a knowledge of the characters is necessary, were one to make sense of all the madcap goings-on.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best episode of a sitcom..ever! September 25, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
'The Vicar of Dibley' is my favourite situation comedy of all time. It's up there with The Good Life, Fawlty Towers and AbFab as being a classic. These latest episodes are all hysterical and the performances are spot on. The best bits are the proposal to Alice re:Aliens and the wedding itself which had me crying with laughter (the best episode ever!). Watch particularly for the last 'Joke' which has to be one of the most touching moments in sitcom history.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever comedy with a good heart January 11, 2007
"The Vicar of Dibley" is a standout even in a genre (British comedy) distinguished by original plot lines and hilariously wacky characters. Dawn French invests Vicar B. Geraldine Granger with warmth, vivacious personality and sufficient backbone to deal with the bizarre assortment of individuals who make up her parish's council. The program handles its religious theme lightly but with a good heart, highlighting the ability of the church at its best to reach out with love and acceptance (even as some on the council would take a more circumscribed view). The supporting cast is composed of a delightful assortment of talent, with each actor taking full advantage of their character's pecularities. Experienced "Dibley" fans will understand when I say, "no, no, no, no, YES, I know you'll enjoy this program!"
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Vicar September 9, 2000
By Leona
Format:VHS Tape
This tape has two forty minute episodes, "Autumn" and "Winter." Sparks fly in "Autumn" when David's brother Simon returns for a visit. Very sad and sweet ending to this one. In "Winter," Alice has "her first very good idea indeed," and the christmas nativity has a very real spin put into it. Personally my favourite episode is "Winter," just because it's so great.
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