Could the Bishop of Dibley be a possibility?


What was hinted to us on several occasions during our recent interviews with various cast members of the great Vicar of Dibley, received another shot in the arm yesterday when the Vicar, herself, said anything’s possible when it comes to more Vicar of Dibley episodes in the future. As reported by our friends over at the British Comedy Guide, the Richard Curtis creation could very well become more than a rumor. Right now, however, it’s just that, a rumor. A really great rumor, but still, a hopeful rumor. We caught up with James Fleet (Hugo) and Trevor Peacock (no, no, no, no, Jim)

as part of our upcoming Behind the Britcom: From Script to Screen special for PBS. While both shrugged off the thought of more Vicar’s, they did let on that they would definitely be up for more should Richard write, Dawn star and all the other members of the Town Council participate. Later, in July, we spoke with Roger Lloyd Pack (Owen) for the same special, who not only seemed to be very interested in the possibility, he was in possession of a cartoon that had appeared in his local paper suggesting such a possibility with a caption that reads “Forget all that village hall stuff for a minute, Roger – the Beeb wants you to star again as daft Owen in a new, follow-up series called The Bishop of Dibley.” Have to believe the papers, don’t we?

Now, Dawn French, speaking on the daytime chat show, Loose Women, for ITV, not only hinted that the cast would be open to more, but did let on that Dibley’s producer mentioned at a cast get together after production ended that Richard Curtis had asked that the sets be stored, not dismantled. It would be quite the norm for a series that had come to an end to be taken apart and used in other productions. So….who knows. It could happen. After all, Vicar’s don’t lie.

  • Lili Bush

    What would help make this happen? Prayer? Bribes? Fits of hysterical laughter? Hysterical weeping?? Just let me know! It would be….Absolutely Fabulous.

    • @Lili: Hysterical weeping has always worked in the past. I’d like to think the voting at the bottom of the post could provide the tipping point, but from what I can tell, this is much closer to happening than not. Will definitely keep everyone posted and will call upon you for hysterical weeping, if necessary.

  • Cora

    Oh I’m dancing a happy dance! Would it be true? Please – I can do hysterical weeping. Let the Vicar/Bishop return. It’s such fun!

  • fran

    You would make my 89 year old mother very happy indeed, it is her favorite show.

    • @Fran: Will do everything I can, but I’m afraid the low man on the totem pole doesn’t have much of a say so. Your mother sounds like she has great taste! 🙂

  • J TETRICK

    KUDOS TO THE BRITS – IS IT POSSIBLE FOR MORE VICAR OF DIBLEY???

    • Word on the street is that all would participate if the planets aligned at the right time. Everyone seems to point to the fact that all the sets are still in storage and not dismantled, which is a good sign. As you can imagine, it centers around Richard Curtis and Dawn French. You’ll know when I know. Let’s hope it’s soon. The world needs more Dibley.