Not a recipe for success

I’ve been bemused by this report in the Daily Mirror that quotes Mr. Armitage as saying that he had garnered ideas from Vicar of Dibley that he might eventually use to propose.

At first, I was charmed, as I was by his appearances in Vicar of Dibley. As previously noted, I wish him all the best and whatever he wants from life insofar as he can get it without committing crimes.

Then I paused. The proposal in Vicar of Dibley was cute, and funny, but: Geraldine took five minutes to realize that he was proposing!

Is this a way of saying that he plans to propose in ways that confuse his partner? 🙂

Harry (Richard Armitage) looks worried before proposing to Geraldine in part 1 of the Vicar of Dibley final episodes, “A Handsome Stranger.” Source: Not sure. Please contact me for credit if this is your cap.

As always with me, this theme requires some more analysis! Because my last long reflective post seemed to be so lengthy that it hampered discussion, I’m splitting this discussion up into several pieces. If you’re not familiar with the scene itself, you can watch it here.

~ by Servetus on May 9, 2010.

4 Responses to “Not a recipe for success”

  1. The comedy of the moment hinged more on the fact that, as a vicar and a long-time single woman, Geraldine automatically assumed that all talk of weddings involved other people’s and certainly not her own? In addition, I’d also have had difficulty in understanding that this staggeringly handsome stranger whom I’d known for all of about two seconds was proposing to spend his life with me in some quaint village amongst decidedly peculiar inhabitants! So no matter how Harry had proposed it would have lead to disbelief and confusion.

    It was a sweet moment and milked for all it was worth! And yes, all success to Richard in his own romantic endevours!


  2. Perhaps Harry had been a bit remiss in neglecting to introduce Rosie to Geraldine as his sister – what happened to his manners?!

    Odd that the Dibley grapevine had not ferreted out that bit of information! And so, leading to classic romantic comedy of mutual misunderstanding, from Shakespeare to Austen to –

    Perhaps the comment to the Daily Mirror interviewer was simply a deflection of an intrusive personal question, by way of humour. Or a way of intimating that the Dibley proposal provded lessons in how not to propose!


  3. About this scene, I read somewhere that she was ‘confused’ because in a previous ep/season, the guy she had a crush on also said that to her, then she understood he was proposing and got all excited only to realize or the guy explained himself better(not sure) that he meant that if she as a vicar would like to marry him to another woman.

    Of course there is those scenes Geraldine and us saw, Harry and Rosie holding hands, being affectionate and going to the movies as 2 people dating…is logical someone would get confused, sibling don’t do that.(Especially because if you try to discuss anything at the movies you would have popcorn thrown at you from other viewers!) I willingly buy it just because it is used to set up the S&S scenario 😀


  4. Yes, In an earlier Christmas Special, Geraldine received a visit from the “Songs of Praise” producer , Tristan, who had made a program at St Barnabas. He was good looking and poor Geraldine had a bit of a crush on him. On the Christmas night in the early epsiode, she was feeling alone and suddenly Tristan appeared at her door asking her to marry him. She thought it was a proposal and was hugely excited until he brought in his fiancee to meet her. She was totally mortified and therefore when Harry made his proposal, she thought it was going to be a repeat of Tristan.

    There were a lot of snippets in Handsome Stranger that referred to past programs. Quite a few people in the audience must have been long time fans of the show (as I am) because they laughed in all the right places given the references to the past. The proposal scene was one of them and it actually had the effect of members of this household thinking “Not again!!”. The huge cheer at the end when they kissed when placed in context can be understood. Apparently (just as an aside), Dawn and Richard had not kissed in front of the studio audience until that point – the director kept calling “cut” before they did so and therefore there was also a cheer about the “actual” kiss happening. (Note the way he and Dawn both break off laughing at the end of that kiss – I think they had been keeping the audience in suspense until this time) :).


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