The Vicar of Dibley has been a firm favourite with Brits for decades, and this year it’s seeing another surge of popularity thanks to the show’s new Christmas specials, not to mention the three seasons are available to watch on iPlayer.
It’s giving us a major dose of nostalgia as we’re transported into picturesque Dibley where Geraldine Granger (played by Dawn French ) becomes the village’s first female vicar.
The show also stars Emma Chambers James Fleet, Roger Lloyd Pack, Trevor Peacock and Gary Waldhorn.
So, is Dibley a real place? Sadly the village is fictional, but the good news is that the show was filmed in a real village, called Turville.
Unlike Dibley, it’s not located in Oxfordshire, but rather Buckinghamshire.
The charming village is located in the Chiltern Hills and is nestled amidst some picture-perfect countryside, a short distance from the town of High Wycombe.
The local church, St Mary The Virgin Church, doubled up as Dibley’s St Barnabus while local cottages were used for exterior shots of the vicarage (interior shots at Geraldine’s house were filmed in the BBC studios).
The Grade II-listed Windmill Cottage was used for exterior and interior shots of parish councillor Jim Trott’s home. At one point it was available to rent, but earlier this year the owners put it on the market.
It’s not the only time that the village was used as a backdrop for a TV show; it’s also appeared in the likes of Killing Eve, Jonathan Creek, Midsomer Murders, and Little Britain.
It’s not just Turville which features in the show. Other locations across Buckinghamshire were also used for the show.
For example, the nearby Highmore Cottages were used for shots of David Horton’s house, while the show’s opening credits feature scenes from the M40 motorway’s Stokenchurch Gap and the Chiltern Hills.
A lot of the filming also took place at the BBC studios in London.