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The Real Dibley - Turville

The Vicar of Dibley is filmed on location in the tiny village of Turville, Buckinghamshire. For a few days the beautiful St Mary The Virgin church is transformed into the St Barnabus of Dibley, crowded with production crew, extras, and of course the stars!

The village has also been used for locations in the recent remake of '101 Dalmations' and a nearby windmill was seen in 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' so the villagers are not particularly excited by the fact that BBC come down every now and again. However I did chat to a few locals, one of whom said that The Vicar of Dibley has a 'lovely crew', and that they are the nicest film crew he's met. They all said that the cast are all just as nice as they seem and often chat with the villagers.

Before the filming, casting assistants from the programme go around to the nearby houses asking if any of the locals are interested in being an extra in the show - and I spoke to a couple who were part of the congregation in one of the episodes!

The 'vicarage' is in fact two small cottages, but one has the door covered up to give the impression of a slightly larger, but nevertheless cosy house. (The real vicar lived in a huge, detached, modern house further along the road!) The owner of the front door of Geraldine's house told me that they often film at his door, or just in front of his house, but all the inside filming is done at the BBC studios.

He mentioned that the cast come into his cottage during breaks in the filming, chatting, having cups of tea, etc. The cast and crew come down on a coach from London, and Dawn apparently just drives down as she lives fairly nearby.

I was also told that Lenny brought Billie along on a few of the days - and Billie had her own bunny costume on the day that 'The Easter Bunny' episode was filmed. So Dawn and Billie both walked around in their little rabbit costumes together!! (bless!)


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