With the dead of Dibley's ancient vicar Percy Pottle, the ultra-conservative Dibley Parish Council requests that the Bishop send out a replacement ASAP. Imagine the surprise of blustery Council Chairman David Horton (Gary Waldhorn) when the new vicar turns out to be a youthful, exuberant and outspoken woman named Boadicea Geraldine Granger (Dawn French)--or Gerry for short. And that's how The Vicar of Dibley gets under way in the first episode of its first season, which also quickly establishes the unique eccentricities of Gerry's parishioners. In the subsequent weeks, Gerry tries to maintain her professional distance when she develops a crush on the producer of the BBC religious series Songs of Praise; confusion reigns when the citizens of Dibley jump to the conclusion that Gerry has booked Elton John to appear at the town's annual Autumn fair; a hurricane destroys the church's stained glass window, obliging Gerry to scare up 11,000 pounds for a replacement; and a upcoming election finds Gerry and David vying for the same post. The season's sixth and final episode concerns Gerry's "very special" service to bless all the animals of Dibley--very few of whom are particularly well versed in the, er, proper social graces.