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Four classic episodes from the original TV series: Arrival, Songs of Praise, Easter Special and The Christmas Lunch Incident. Welcome to Dibley, a perfect village full of some perfectly peculiar people - including Alice Tinker and her underactive brain, Owen Newitt and his overactive bowels, and Letitia Cropley and her orange cake with Branston pickle icing.

Council ruler David Horton has everything running exactly as he wishes - until 102-year-old Reverend Pottle dies. That's when the trouble begins, for the new vicar of Dibley is Geraldine, a babe with a bob and a magnificent bosom. In these instalments, the vicar increases the church-going public, finds something remarkably attractive about television, learns about suffering by giving up chocolate for Lent, and promises herself too many Christmas lunches with too many people.

Starring Dawn French, with Gary Waldhorn, James Fleet, Roger Lloyd Pack, Emma Chambers and Trevor Peacock.

©2012 Richard Curtis (P)2013 BBC Worldwide Limited

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Only one volume?!

I don’t need to write a review. Everyone knows how good this show was. So why only one volume. Come on Audible, let’s have more, please.

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Warm and Funny

A pretty much straight conversion from the TV series (as far as I can tell) this works surprisingly well on audio only, the warmth and humour come through and it has become one of my favourite repeat listens.

Dawn French is of course wonderful as the vicar but the supporting cast bring to life an array of characters that are both bizarre and endearing and work perfectly in combination with the lead.

My only criticism - I really wish more episodes were available on audible :)

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Is it long enough?

No it jolly well isn’t! We want more please! It was so wonderfully funny!
Please make more episodes!

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Fantastic

Narrator was as characters were , met expectations and I've listened repeatedly. Just sad the other episodes aren't available. Great story.

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One of my all time favourites.

So nice to hear the original episode and the other classics.
Well done for putting the fab comedy on Audible.

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Excellent for all Dibley fans

Shame there was only four episodes
Brussel sprout scene missing from Christmas

but still excellent

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Great as expected

Just as good as the tv series! More episodes please?!
Would recommend as a good nostalgic and entertaining listen

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Love it!

Please put more episodes on! Easy to listen to and so funny love Dawn French

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As far as I can tell this is just the audio from the tv show

Very amusing, but you need to be familiar enough with the television show to get all of the jokes

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Genuine classic of British Comedy

A lovely comedy based around the quirky inhabitants of the village of Dibley. The arrival of a female priest stirs up the once sleepy little village.

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  • S. Smith
  • 07-02-13

Thank you Audible!!

What did you love best about Vicar of Dibley 1?

I loved the TV series and this is an audio only version of the show.

What other book might you compare Vicar of Dibley 1 to and why?

The Good Life and Fawlty Towers are two other BBC televion series transferred to audio exactly as aired with the exception of brief narration. The Good Life and Vicar of Dibley are both very warm and funny.

What about Dawn French’s performance did you like?

Dawn French is able to deliver barbs and sarcasm without a hint of malice, never losing that lovely feeling that she genuinely likes these kooky characters

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I had to ration it out slowly since there are (as of yet) no more in the series.

Any additional comments?

I hope audible will make all of these wonderful shows available soon!

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  • Melissa Grundvig
  • 29-03-18

Absolutely love Vicar of Dibley!

My husband and I love this tv series so much, we probably have it memorized. This is the original show and as I listen i see the characters in my mind and feel like I'm with beloved nutty relatives.

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  • thefanchman
  • 05-01-21

Trash

At least for me this was some of the worst low level trash I have listen to in my 1200+ audio lessons. Definitely will be returning this and not listening to the remaining three in the series. :-(

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 27-05-20

Fun!

The Vicar of Dibley is one of my favorite shows. I enjoyed listening to these episodes. So much fun!

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  • R.M. Penn
  • 20-04-20

Love This—Please Add Other Episodes!

Love the show and having it as an audio file translates really well. I don’t feel like i missed too much from the episodes. Pleases me the rest of the episodes available too!!

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  • Christine McIntyre
  • 27-01-20

hope their is a part 2 and 3

loved it want more of it please I knew the show so happy lessening bravo

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  • SophNevie
  • 27-11-18

Hilarious

A comic gem. Great characters and really acted. Very much worth listening and re-listening over time.

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  • Midnightshopper
  • 03-10-16

The same as the tv series

It's the audio from the tv series. So I can listen at my desk at work and remember what the scene was like. Awesome!

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  • Phillip Bruce
  • 13-09-16

A show that feels like home.

Enjoyable television show, and equally enjoyable radio show. I only hope they will bring the remainder of the episodes into radio format here on audible.

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  • KJP
  • 02-07-15

Vicar of Dibley 1

The Vicar of Dibley is so funny. It's a must. You will laugh like you do watching the TV show.