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DVD Reviews:  The Vicar of Dibley: The Complete First Series

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Reviewed by Kate Esler
Distributed by:
Roadshow Home Entertainment
Running Time: 174 Minutes

The Vicar Of Dibley is a British series set in the small country town of Dibley. In episode One, 'The Arrival', the town vicar dies suddenly, aged 104. When the new vicar, Gerry Granger, arrives everyone is in shock. They were "expecting a bloke but instead they got a babe, with a bob and a  magnificent bosom". The townspeople are less than impressed with the crude and rude replacement. Geraldine Granger is a young and newly ordained vicar who has slighlty unorthodox methods. She's fun loving, larger than life and a down right crack up.

This DVD features six enjoyable episodes, each as funny as the last. There are eight main characters; Geraldine Granger, played by the outrageously funny Dawn French, Alice tinker, Geraldine's whacky sidekick, the uptight church commitee president, David, his meek and mild son Hugo, Leticia, a slightly eccentric woman with interesting tastes in food combinations, Frank, Jim a comic sheep farmer and Owen, the village idiot who just can't make up his mind.

There are no extras on this disc but, being a series, there really is no great need for any.

The script is fast and the characters all have a quick tongue. Episode four, titled ' The window and the weather', is particularly funny. The church

committee wants to hold a fundraiser to buy a new feature window for the church. No-one seems to be willing to donate to a church with a female vicar so, Geraldine goes to hilarious lengths to meet her target.

All of these episodes are much the same, not in storyline, but in humour. Dawn French is a huge favourite of mine and in 'The Vicar of Dibley' she shines extra bright. She is really given a chance to show her comedic talent. The supporting cast are fantastic and prove that they are talented comedians. British humour is not for everyone. It is very dry and sarcastic but, if you are a fan of witty humour, give this series a look.

The Vicar of Dibley Complete First Series Features

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