Our Rating: ★★★★☆
L Factor: Major lesbian content – 1 episode
Short Take: Geraldine Granger (Dawn French) is the vicar of a small village in England.
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Year: 1994
Language: UK/English
MPAA: Not Rated
Starring: Dawn French, Gary Waldhorn, James Fleet, Emma Chambers, Trevor Peacock, Roger Lloyd-Pack, John Bluthal

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Vicar of DibleyIn 1994, Geraldine Granger (Dawn French, ‘French and Saunders,’ ‘Wild West’) arrived in the village of Dibley to replace the elderly vicar who had passed away. At the time, there were very few female vicars in the Church of England, and she faced opposition from conservative church members … and so the British sitcom ‘The Vicar of Dibley’ began.

The popular series ran for three seasons, filled with eccentric villagers who grew to love their chocoholic wisecracking leader. In 2004, the whole cast came back for a series of specials, including ‘Merry Christmas.’ As the congregation prepares for a tenth anniversary celebration for Gerry, she and her assistant Alice (Emma Chambers) discuss how women vicars are no longer so controversial. She jokes that she’s thinking of declaring herself gay to support the rights of church leaders to be openly gay, and then chats about the celebrities she would want to sleep with if she were. Dimwitted Alice is a little freaked.

Later model Rachel Hunter just happens to need a place to change, and she drops in to the vicar’s house, kissing her as she leaves. Seeing Rachel in her underwear, Alice tells everyone that Geraldine is a lesbian. The parish council seems pleased, since it’s something exciting going on.

This episode had me laughing out loud with Dawn French’s brilliant comedy and a great deal of lesbian innuendo. The episode is available on a single dvd along with the ‘Happy New Year’ special. (AB)