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The Vicar Of Dibley lockdown episodes, cast and spoilers

The Vicar Of Dibley Christmas specials air date, time and channel

Dawn French will s back Geraldine Grainger for three special episodes of The Vicar Of Dibley.


The Vicar Of Dibley In Lockdown will air this festive period on BBC One on Monday nights from 7 December.

Each of the three short episodes will run for 10 minutes and star Dawn French alongside James Fleet as Hugo Horton. Natalie Davies appears as Mrs Uddin.

The Vicar Of Dibley lockdown episodes

Episode 1 – Monday, 7 December 8:50PM
The nation’s favourite vicar returns with a collection of online sermons to the good people of her parish. She explains the difference between metres and miles when it comes to social distancing and finds that Owen Newitt’s interpretation of it may have distinctly illegal connotations.

She also points out to all that lockdown might be a good time to catch up on some Bible reading but finds from her own reading of the good book that sometimes it is harder that you might imagine to be among the blessed peacemakers.


Episode 2 – Monday, 14 December 8:55PM
In her second set of sermons, Geraldine finally experiences the joy of going outside again. She also learns the dangers of trying to write sermons whilst also enjoying advocaat, reveals the results of the village quiz, discusses the fiasco over school exams, ponders the Black Lives Matters movement and remembers her wonderful verger Alice.



Episode 3 – Monday, 21 December 8:50PM
Masks have become vital and compulsory, even though we were previously told that they were quite the opposite. So Dibley is holding a mask design competition, with awards being made to the brightest and best.

The second sermon is given by Hugo Horton, who has stepped in at the last minute because the vicar and her husband have had to go off on a quick pre-second lockdown pilgrimage. Hugo tells us a little more about his father’s departure to foreign parts and why he missed his father’s wedding.

As Christmas approaches, the vicarage is looking suitably bedecked. The vicar contemplates what has been a very strange year. She remembers how the good folk of Dibley have been equally challenged in earlier times by wild animals and by a series of witch trials, but this has been an especially bad year. The Dibley nativity play has had to be cancelled, but Geraldine has nevertheless written a special nativity poem which she now reads to us all.


Dawn French said: “Back in the dog collar, back in Dibley and back on your telly at Xmas. I couldn’t be happier. Bless you.”

Writer Richard Curtis commented: “Like every village in the country, there’s been a lot happening in Dibley this year – and Dawn has got a lot to say about it.”

Shane Allen, Controller Comedy Commissioning, added: “This triple festive treat from the nations favourite fun-loving vicar is the warm comedy hug we’ve all missed.”


For now you can watch all past episodes of The Vicar Of Dibley on the BBC iPlayer here.

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