Vicar of Dibley
March 7, 2013 8:05pm CST
The Vicar of Dibley is a defunct BBC comedy series starring Dawn French as the single straight female vicar of a small farming village in the English countryside. The cast of characters from the tiny parish provide endless fodder for the writers' imaginations, starting with those on the church's board of directors. They meet weekly to plan events and end up having hilarious conversations that leave me absolutely rolling with laughter. Of course, a single female vicar will have her suitors, and in such a small village, most of the men are already married and too young or too old. The Blessing of the Animals episode was both comedic and touching, as I am from a French Catholic corner of Louisiana, where Blessing of the Animals services are still performed and pets are valued family members brought for their special day on the church steps. The difference in the show is that the farmers, which is practically everyone in her parish, bring their flocks and herds to the grounds, and some of the smaller animals come right on into the church. You can imagine the outcome. It's very St. Francis of Assisi, as intended. There are the expected holidays, some out of town guests and a county fair with a guest appearance by a famous (in real life) young female vocalist from the area whose name now escapes me. If you need a good small town, spiritual, feminist laugh, catch the Vicar of Dibley reruns.
1 Apr 13
I love this show. But I kind of like Richard Curtis humor. Some of the funny things they repeat over and over again gets tiring but I like a lot of stuff. I like all the Doctor Who references, the little funny bits like Leticia's secret, or the vicar's confusion when guys ask her to marry them, Alice Tinker Horton, her obsession with Teletubbies. I also watched the Special for Red Nose Day.
• United Kingdom
12 Mar 13
No, no, no, no, no, yes! Of course a great British comedy from my side of the pond, again, I watched only a few episodes of Vicar of Dibley but it didn't appeal to my humour to be honest, I prefer Only Fools and Horses, One Foot In The Grave and even Mr Bean. Don't get me wrong Dawn French is a wonderful actress but she doesn't do anything for me. A different kind of humour in fact.
• United States
16 Apr 13
LOL Wolfie, my old friend, how are you? Vicar of Dibley resonates with me, I guess, because I'm a spiritual female who's been single most of her life. The writers and cast do a great job each time, in my humble opinion. There's plenty of humor to be found in small farming parishes.
• United States
10 Mar 13
Nice to meet you, natlie, thanks for joining in this discussion on the Vicar of Dibley. I honestly cannot do it justice in describing the show. You just have to check it out for yourself and experience it to fully appreciate Dawn French, her castmates and the work of the writers and producers altogether. It's just great fun!