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  • Actors: Dawn French, Richard Armitage
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 9, 2007
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (250 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000SINSVC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,176 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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  • Two episodes
  • The Vicar of Dibley Story: cast and crew look back on 12 years
  • Cast bios

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The popular British comedy series The Vicar of Dibley is about as broad in its laughs as any Britcom, yet its heart is even bigger--no surprise since one of its key writers is Richard Curtis (Love, Actually, Four Weddings and a Funeral) In A Holy Wholly Happy Ending, the plucky heroine, The Rev. Geraldine Granger (the appealing Dawn French), balances trying to invigorate the residents of her tiny rural village with an art class and book club, while grumbling about the "townies" from London snapping up the houses and draining the character from the place. But the longtime singleton ("always the vicar," she sighs, "never the bride") may change her tune when a handsome townie moves in and commences getting acquainted.

French's determinedly cheery persona is a lot of the appeal of this series, and that our sweet Reverend might find true love at last makes this two-part special extra appealing. The side humor is a trademark as well. The looks on the faces of the (all-male) art class when the first session, figure sketching, begins with the model taking off her robe may be foreseeable, but it's still nothing short of hilarious. As Geraldine would say, "let joy be unconfined!" --A.T. Hurley

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Dawn French dons her cassock and collar once more for two very special episodes of The Vicar of Dibley, one of the BBC's most popular comedies. It boasts the brilliant comic writing of Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Bridget Jones's Diary) and a gifted ensemble cast including Emma Chambers (Notting Hill) and Richard Armitage (BBC's Robin Hood). The Handsome Stranger - Gerry is fed up with all the "townies" buying weekend cottages in Dibley -- that is, until she meets one particularly charming newcomer. Could he be the one? Or is it Gerry's destiny to end up heartbroken in another 6-foot deep puddle? The Vicar in White - After presiding over the marriages of hundreds of other people, it appears Gerry's big day has finally arrived. Appearances can be deceptive, however, especially when the eccentric residents of Dibley are doing the planning!

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160 of 164 people found the following review helpful By R. Kahn on July 5, 2007
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The finale of The Vicar of Dibley was a two-part special for Christmas 2006 and New Year Day 2007. The writers decided that the best way to send this great series out in style was to marry off Geraldine to the man of her dreams. Part 1 is their meeting and courtship (with some hilarious complications), and part 2 is the wedding. The dreamboat groom is Richard Armitage, currently glowering attractively as Sir Guy of Gisbourne in BBC's Robin Hood. As the fiance, Harry, he is charming, funny, and totally convincing in a romantic role that has to have a light touch. Did I mention that he is heart-stoppingly handsome? I just showed the two-part special to a group of my friends who had no prior knowledge of the series and they were laughing to the point of tears.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By M. H. Moneymaker on July 26, 2007
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This is a two episodes of The Vicar of Dibley and the Comic Relief sketch for 2007 on Red Nose Day. Richard Armitage of the BBC's North and South plays the "Handsome Stranger" who romances the Vicar. The second episode is "Vicar in White" and is mostly about the planning for the wedding and the wedding itself. Both episodes along with the Comic Relief sketch are very funny! It is a must have for all Vicar of Dibley fans! And a must have for Richard Armitage fans, too! Fabulous!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Judith Johnson VINE VOICE on July 21, 2009
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I was not familiar with the Vicar series but had to see it because of Richard Armitage (North & South). These two-part special episodes are so funny and so sweet that I was converted on the spot to being a fan. Dawn French stars as Vicar Geraldine Granger, and there is a regular wonderful cast of parishoners who are all so droll in their eccentric ways.

Armitage portrays Harry Kennedy, a mild-mannered accountant who moves to the village and they meet cute when the Vicar goes over to give him a piece of her mind regarding gentrification occuring in Dibley. Sweet Harry is smitten and pursues the Vicar through several hilarious misunderstandings to win her hand. The second part centers around the wedding which is a "loving hands at home" sort-of-affair. When her bridesmaid Alice showed up dressed as the 10th Dr. Who, I knew I was not in US anymore. All's well that ends well and this ends quite wonderfully.

Armitage has a rare chance to play comedy here. He has said that the sense of humor that he displays here is actually the closest to his in real life. I know envy is a deadly sin but a girl can't help but envy the lovely Ms. French for all those kissing scenes, especially "with tongues."
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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful By J. Scheppler on August 31, 2007
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I can't say enough good things about this two-part finale to a charming television show, except that even if you never watched VoD, you can't help but love watching Geraldine finally find the love of her life! Dawn French is one of the most gifted comediennes on the planet and pairing her with the gorgeous Richard Armitage was a stroke of genius. You will laugh until you cry and then you just may cry because you find yourself so happy for Geri and Harry! Highly recommended.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By S. Hanberg on December 22, 2007
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We love the Vicar and the loony town of Dibley. There will always be a soft spot in our heart for them, but, as with many season finales, this one lacks some of the charm and wit of the original series. Nevertheless, we still think it is an improvement over the tenth anniversary special. Though we are sad to see the characters go, it is probably time to for the town of Dibley to move on and for the story to come to an end. In that way, these final episodes provide some nice closure for fans. Still glad we own it and makes for a nice rounding out of the story.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Janeite VINE VOICE on January 15, 2009
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Here in the USA, we usually only get to see episodes of the Vicar when they are quite old and shown on public television. When I heard about the finale, I knew I had to have it. Suffice it to say, I laughed my head off. The fine folks of Dibley are hilarious as ever, and the addition of the gorgeous Richard Armitage was some great icing for the cake. Did I mention he's really good-looking. The Vicar is distressed to learn that yet another Dibley cottage has been sold to a "layabout Londoner" who doesn't care for the village as anything more than a weekend retreat. Resolved to give him a piece of her mind, she ends up giving him her heart and hand as well. You know from the beginning that they'll make it down the aisle, but since this is Dibley, you know the road won't be smooth. Geraldine's road to wedded bliss is rocky but hilarious, and you'll enjoy traveling it with her. The whole cast is back to put a sweet and fitting end to the series and Armitage makes a seamless entrance and fits in just fine (just watch him explain a joke to Alice to see what I mean.) I'm glad I bought it, and I think you will be, too.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Cynara's Shadow on July 22, 2009
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I'd never seen any other episodes of the Vicar of Dibley before I saw these last two episodes, and I only watched these because I wanted to see more of Richard Armitage. I did not at all expect to be so completely charmed by Dawn French and the loopy but lovable Dibley residents.

I loved episode 1, "The Handsome Stranger." It's laugh-out-loud funny with some truly classic moments, like the book club meeting where no one has read the book and the fantasy sequence at the altar set to the song "It should have been me." I've watched the latter scene over and over again. Hysterical!

However, episode 2, "The Vicar in White", was a disappointment and is why I'm giving this review only three stars (and a half, if I could) instead of four. As others have noted, the script for the second episode is not strong and wraps itself too much around the wacky mechanics of the wedding--the result is predictable and unsatisfying. Many of the jokes are strained and not especially funny.

What is so compelling about the first episode is the relationship between Geraldine and Harry, especially given Geraldine's insecurities. I also liked how the other characters respond to Geraldine's new found love; the scene about the newsletter advice column is especially touching. I really wish the writers had developed the romance further and given more justification for why Harry falls in love with Geraldine. I so wanted to believe that a man who looks like Harry would fall for a woman who looks like Geraldine because he sees her inner beauty and her heart of gold...but ultimately, I couldn't and didn't.
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