Vicar Of Dibley fans have been treated to a first look at the show’s return, after Dawn French announced its comeback earlier this week.
After being off air for five whole years, the comedy is set to grace our screens once again as part of BBC’s Big Night In – a one-off remote fundraiser for the fight against coronavirus.
And as we anticipate what mischief Geraldine Granger will be getting up to, while stuck in lockdown like the rest of us, we have been treated to a sneak peek of the sitcom’s return on The One Show.
Sat from the comfort of her home, the star was all done up as the iconic character as she joked: ‘Thank goodness for modern technology.
‘Last night I had the first meeting of the council connected by an app called Zoom.’
Smirking, Dawn continued: ‘It was the best meeting I had largely because none of the other councellers know how to get onto Zoom.
‘So it was just me, sat on my own – it was just lovely.’
It comes after Dawn confirmed the news on Sunday night.
Alongside a teaser picture of her iconic cross necklace and dressed in a habit, the 62-year-old wrote: ‘Hmmm. Somethin’ interestin’ this way comes…’
She later added: ‘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.’
The actress will make an appearance during the three-hour live stream, which kicks off this Thursday at 7pm.
Vicar of Dibley became an instant sitcom hit back in 1994, and over the course of the series, the bumbling but lovable local parish vicar Geraldine was seen bringing joy and dealing with the bizarrely wonderful residents.
While the series ran yearly until 2000, Dawn and the cast have delivered updates over what the gang are up to sporadically ever since, mainly in aid of Comic Relief, or for landmark occasions such as the show’s 10th and 20th anniversaries.
Sadly, Emma Chambers who played Alice Tinker on the show passed away in 2018 as well as her co-star John Bluthal (Frank) who also died the same year.
But that hasn’t stopped the leading lady wanting to raise money for a worthy cause alongside the likes of Lenny Henry, Matt Baker, Zoe Ball, Davina McCall and Paddy McGuinness.
The Big Night In promises a whole host of stars performing from their homes throughout the night, with Gary Barlow among those on the bill.
The show will also feature Peter Kay’s return to TV for the first time since Car Share came to an end in 2018, while Catherine Tate will also be reviving her schoolgirl character Lauren in a sketch featuring David Tennant.
BBC’s Big Night In starts Thursday at 7pm on BBC One.
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