Christmas TV: Dawn French ‘couldn’t be happier’ to return as Vicar of Dibley

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The comedian is seen with co-star James Fleet, 68, who plays Hugo, in this first look at the Christmas special, entitled The Vicar Of Dibley In Lockdown. She said: “Back in the dog collar, back in Dibley and back on your telly at Christmas. I couldn’t be happier. Bless you.” Geraldine makes three virtual sermons to the parish.

The BBC said: “The vicar has to explain the difference between metres and miles when it comes to social distancing.”

She also discovers “getting a much-needed haircut from a friend may not always result in complete gorgeousness, especially if the scissors are held by someone rather more used to working with animals”.

Hugo joins Geraldine for the last sermon, where he reveals he is finding it difficult to listen to his father tell the same anecdotes during lockdown.

The show’s writer Richard Curtis said: “Like every village in the country, there’s been a lot happening in Dibley this year – and Dawn has got a lot to say about it.”

The Vicar Of Dibley originally aired between 1994 and 2007.

It’s not known which others of the original cast members will be returning.

Roger Lloyd-Pack, who played Owen Newitt, died in 2014, while Alice Horton actress Emma Chambers and Frank Pickle actor John Bluthal both died in 2018.

The show ended in 2007 as Geraldine prepared to wed fiance Harry Kennedy (Richard Armitage), with a series of mishaps threatening their big day.

Two of the bridesmaids turned up dressed as Daleks from Doctor Who, with Alice wearing a face mask of Mother Theresa.

Jealous Vicar Jeremy, who had eyes for Geraldine, made snide remarks about Harry throughout.

It returns on BBC One on December 7 at 8.50pm. 

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