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Dawn French Confirms 'Vicar Of Dibley' Is Returning After 5 Years

Dawn French Confirms 'Vicar Of Dibley' Is Returning After 5 Years

It's been five long years since Geraldine and her quirky but loveable parish ended their long-running stint on our screens - but now we are delighted to confirm they are *back* (praise be).

Yep, Dawn French has confirmed The Vicar Of Dibley is returning as part of BBC's charity night, Big Night In - which is a basically Children In Need and Red Nose Day combined to raise funds to fight coronavirus.

Teasing the show's revival, Dawn shared a picture of herself in a black habit and her iconic cross necklace, and wrote: "Hmmm. Somethin interestin this way comes...(sic)"

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She later explained: "I'm back in the dog collar, back in the vicarage, and back on your telly as part of The Big Night In.

"Be there, or go to hell. Literally. I have some sway." Eeeeek!


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Dawn isn't the only star returning for the BBC Big Night In, as it will also see comedian Catherine Tate reprising her role as Lauren the schoolgirl alongside her Doctor Who co-star David Tennant, Little Britain stars Matt Lucas and David Walliams joining forces to bring their sitcom back and Peter Kay making his long awaited TV comeback.

The Vicar Of Dibley has been a firm fan favourite ever since it landed on the BBC back in 1994 - running until 2000. The show has returned for one off episodes ever since, making comebacks for Comic Relief and in honour of the show's 10th and 20th anniversaries.

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Dawn French is returning to her role as Geraldine (Credit: BBC)
Dawn French is returning to her role as Geraldine (Credit: BBC)

Most recently, back in 2015, Dawn's character Geraldine was offered the chance to be promoted to a bishop - but it remains to be seen what this year's instalment will have in store for her.

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News of the show's latest revival naturally sent fans wild, as they flocked under Dawn's picture to express their excitement.

One wrote: "Yes Geraldine!!"

While another gushed: "So delighted! So excited! Finally something to look forward to and lift our spirits. If I forget to say it - Thank you!"

Sadly, Emma Chambers has now passed away (Credit: BBC)
Sadly, Emma Chambers has now passed away (Credit: BBC)
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"Omg I literally just watched the whole vicar of dibley on Netflix and finished yesterday. This is exactly what I need right now," a third chipped in.

While the new episode is sure to be a massive hit, it comes tainted with sadness, as two key characters have passed away since the last special aired.

Geraldine's best friend and right hand woman Alice will be sorely missed following actress Emma Chambers' death in 2018. Plus, John Bluthal, who played Frank, is tragically also no longer with us.

BBC's Big Night In starts Thursday at 7pm on BBC One.

Featured Image Credit: BBC

Topics: BBC, Coronavirus

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