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The Vicar of Dibley, Vol. 1 - The New Girl in Town [VHS] (1994)

Dawn French , Gary Waldhorn  |  VHS Tape
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dawn French, Gary Waldhorn, James Fleet, Trevor Peacock, Roger Lloyd Pack
  • Format: Color, Original recording reissued, NTSC
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: BBC Video
  • VHS Release Date: July 7, 2000
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004WG3D
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #623,693 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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When the ancient vicar of Dibley dies, the parishioners of the sleepy English town are shocked to learn that their new vicar is not "a bloke with a beard" but "a bird with a bob cut" named Geraldine. Dawn French (Four Weddings and a Funeral) stars in this award-winning British comedy, the most popular comedy show in England in 1999. 2 hours 54 min. on 2 cassettes.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly funny August 18, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
The Vicar of Dibley is yet another comic offering from writer Richard Curtis (known for the movies 'Four Weddings and a Funeral', 'Notting Hill', and 'Bean' as well as the BBC series 'Blackadder'.) Starring Dawn French as the new female vicar of a tiny village with only six parishioners, this tape contains the first three episodes (30 minutes each) from the first season.
The first episode, 'Arrival', introduces the characters and the village of Dibley. After the longtime vicar dies, the town learns that a new one is being sent to replace him. The verger, Alice (Emma Chambers), gets to keep her job, but the new vicar, Geraldine, (Dawn French) has to fight for hers when Village Councillor David Horton (Gary Waldhorn) objects to the presence of a female vicar.
The second episode, 'Songs of Praise', sees Dibley selected to appear on a television program filmed each week in a different church. For United States viewers, some of the references in this episode may be a bit obscure. Nevertheless, the end of this episode features Alice and Geraldine in one of the funniest sequences I've ever witnessed on television. This is NOT to be missed.
The final episode is entitled 'Community Spirit'. Geraldine recruits Elton John to open the village's Autumn Faire after learning that he is Emma's cousin. I won't give away the ending, but the video's box cover says that this year's faire "could be the most memorable fete since 1987 -- when someone put cannabis in the cupcakes."
In case you're thinking that comedy about religion can't possibly be funny, let me reassure you that Dawn French's vicar downs liquor and chases men as often as she can. This isn't a tame series -- in fact, these people say things that American network television standards would never allow. The other characters in the village are also hilarious, especially Owen Newitt (played by Roger Lloyd Pack), the strange farmer. I can't recommend this series enough.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where British comic genius collides November 15, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Following a vote in the 90s allowing female vicars in the Church of England, Dawn French latched on to an unlikely, if topical, idea: there's comic gold in them there pews. An odd notion, indeed, for a woman who'd been partly responsible for penning the most decadent comedy in the 90's: ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS. Yet the idea equally intrigued Richard Curtis--best known for being a creative force behind BLACK ADDER, A THIN BLUE LINE, FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL, and NOTTING HILL--and together they created one of Britain's best, most trans-Atlantically understandable series.
What makes it so good is that it manages to make familiar that which most people never see: the personal life of their local religious leader. It's all about the intersection of humanity with religion and the ways in which a Reverend, unafraid to admit her foibles, nevertheless leads her flock and community.
More than that, it's a comedy which takes the best elements from previous series Richard Curtis and Dawn French worked on, and improves them. Chief among these legacies is the relationship between the two leads. French's Vicar Geraldine and her friend, Alice, are in many ways like Curtis' Black Adder and Baldric. Geraldine is just a wee bit smarter than Alice, and, as with Black Adder and Baldric, much humor is derived from watching explanations of the obvious unfold. Yet the relationship is nowhere near as harsh as the delightfully abusive one in BLACK ADDER. It's as if French's Patsy and Edina have rubbed off on Geraldine and Alice. In AB FAB, Patsy and Edina kept each other in line, and here, too, Alice occasionally rescues Geraldine from herself. Like Patsy and Edina, Alice and Geraldine are friends who genuinely need each other--not the sort of master and servant that are Black Adder and Baldric.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious comedy - really top notch! September 19, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Dawn French as the Vicar of Dibley is truly gifted. This television series from England is one of the funniest ever to hit any shore.
When the ancient vicar of the tiny hamlet of Dibley dies on the pulpit, the archbishop sends a new vicar to the tiny village: none other than Dawn French playing Geraldine, or Gerri. While this might seem innocuous in this modern age, such modern thoughts are not necessarily present in this small town. Confrontation is imminent - to a hilarious degree.
The cast includes: David, the head of the town council (and a wealthy, pompous bore); David's adult son, Hugo, a Kylie Minogue fanatic, and borderline idiot; Frank, the dim bulb council secretary; Letitia, the aged council member, a self-proclaimed innovative cook (devils food cake with coffee and ketchup icing, anyone?); Owen, the curmudgeondy farmer, who always seems to have some sort of digestion troubles; Alice, the moronic verger and best friend to Gerri; and finally, no no no no no no no, yes, Jim, the befuddled excentric council member.
Most of the episodes deal with the council and their lives, but occasionally they deal with a bit broader subject matter. Either way, this show cannot be beat for hilarity!
And after the credits roll, do NOT miss the dialogue between Gerri and Alice - each week Gerri tells the mutton headed Alice a joke which she undoubtedly doesn't understand.
Don't miss this one!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Fabulous Ms. French July 29, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I first saw the first episode of The Vicar of Dibley last year while high above the Atlantic on British Airways--I don't think I've ever laughed as much, especially at 35,000 feet. I immediately went out and rented all the episodes I could find, and later bought them for my home video library. I love 'em all...The sarcasm of village squire David, the beyond-dim dimwittedness of Alice and Hugo, and, above all, the incredible comic talents of Dawn French. If you've ever seen her in Saunders and French, you'll know how terrific she is--but as the Reverend Geraldine, she's blessed with the time and the room to develop her character and work with a fine ensemble cast. What clinches it, for me, is the sincerity and tenderness with which Ms. French acts in the sadder emotional moments in the series--how many actors do you know who can go from the broadest of physical comedy to the gut-wrenching quiet of a deathbed scene with utter believability? Ms. French is fabulous, and I only wish that there were another six or eight Vicar of Dibley videos to buy. Absolutely not to be missed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastically funny beginning
The writing on this perfectly cast series is second to none. Dawn French is a real gem. I fell in love with these characters when I first watched them, and I still watch them... Read more
Published on May 2, 2008 by Donna P. Jarvi
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant British Comedy at its best
This is one of the best british comedies ever made. It stands shoulder to shoulder with Black Adder. The cast is brilliant, with superb acting all around. Read more
Published on May 14, 2002 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars My fav volume of all the series ...
but let's face it -- they're all superb! An excellent ensemble cast who make the tiny village of Dibley come to life.
Published on February 9, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Should you buy it?
No, No, No, No, No, No, No, No, No, YES!
Published on January 6, 2002 by Mark Abbott
5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle Comedy
I have a pen pal in England who was surprised to find that this show was being aired on public TV here. He didn't think Americans would appreciate the gentle humor on this show. Read more
Published on December 20, 2001 by Hillari Hunter
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Best
I have been a fan of British comedy for years. The Vicar of Dibley has to be my all time favorite. I am almost ashamed to say I like it better than Red Dwarf, and that is saying... Read more
Published on September 22, 2001 by wndrspdr
5.0 out of 5 stars British Comedy at its Absolute Best!
Over the years, many comedies have been compared to the classic Fawlty Towers. Never has that comparison been more justified than with The Vicar of Dibley. Read more
Published on September 10, 2001 by Tiggah
5.0 out of 5 stars TOP MARKS FOR DAWN FRENCH
One of the very best British comedy series' in years with it being written by two highly accomplished and renowned writers, Richard Curtis (who enjoyed tremendous success with... Read more
Published on June 8, 2001 by
5.0 out of 5 stars vicar of dibley second serrios
i am just writing to say that the second series wasthe best thing i have ever seen it was so funny i nearly peed myself
Published on January 7, 2001
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