- Sorry, I’ve just been rewatching Sense and Sensibility…that moment where Emma Thompson finds out that Hugh Grant is not engaged to another woman, but that he’s single and available and that he loves her after all.
- Ohh, yes, and she makes that extraordinary noise…
“So how is Dibley?” came the singsong voice of his twin from his mobile. Harry paused for a moment in order to find the right words for his new home. Dibley was… Dibley is…. Different. Charming? Quaint? A slightly disneyfied version of Rosyston Vasey? “So is it like the village from the Wicker Man or more Emmerdale?”, she continued. He let out a soft laugh, “Dibley is gorgeous, and the people are… eccentric… but nice.” “Eccentric?” “To put it lightly.” “Sounds fabulous.” And it was, really. He liked it. Despite the fact he’d almost been run over by a scruffy looking farmer on a tractor, gotten the strangest directions from an elderly gentleman with a verbal tic and spotted a sheep happily sat by the side of the road with double yellow lines painted on it.
2. Reverend Geraldine Granger (Dawn French) - The Vicar of Dibley
Probably the most wonderful person on the list, she could be one of the most patient and generous yet spirited and witty females on TV. Dawn French is not only half of one of the best comedy duos in history (French & Saunders), but she’s also a fantastic actress. Never ingenuous or preachy, her Vicar could have been somewhat boring – and French had this hesitation with the character before finally doing the show. However, French allows for some of the most heartfelt laughs in British TV, and creates this perfect untouched world of togetherness and peculiar comfort unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Geraldine Granger is a wonderfully hilarious, facetious and extraordinarily optimistic character, dealing with some of the stupidest and most pedantic and frustrating and lovable townspeople on TV. And the puddle scene (both) makes me laugh uncontrollably.
I don’t think ‘The Vicar of Dibley’ gets enough mention on Tumblr/anywhere. It’s one of my, if not my absolute, favourite British Comedy programme. Every episode has wet yourself laughing moments, no matter how many times you’ve seen them.
I just love it and think that everyone should have at least tried to watch it.
A sitcom of the more precious kind. Dibley, a quiet fictional town in Oxfordshire, full of bumbling locals with painfully low IQs. Yet, with the arrival of the Church of England’s most fun-loving, chocoholic lady vicar, the village is flourished with humor, productiveness, and meaning - not like that really matters, because the sitcom’s charm comes from its innocence and the lovable characters. With only 20 episodes (several of which consist of holiday specials), The Vicar of Dibley has an extraordinarily high batting average of quality moments. Few shows have as many endearing characters that have the potential to be horribly annoying, but these Dibley denizens are perfectly constructed to be watchable, digestible, and extremely amusing to a never cloying effect. Dawn French, of the power comedy-duo French & Saunders, should be applauded for creating one of the most special of characters of the last two decades. Reverend Geraldine Granger is a soul unlike any other.