BBC announces The Vicar of Dibley will return this Christmas for string of special lockdown episodes

BBC announces The Vicar of Dibley will return this Christmas for string of special lockdown episodes

November 17, 2020

THE Vicar of Dibley is set to bring a hilarious festive sparkle to 2020 as Dawn French's hit comedy returns to the BBC.

In news set to delight hundreds of fans of the sitcom, which started in 1994, Geraldine Grainger of the Parish of Dibley will make a sensational comeback for The Vicar of Dibley in Lockdown.

There will be three, 10-minute episodes spread over the Christmas period, with a 30-minute compilation show of all three sermons also airing during the holiday season on the BBC.

Geraldine will make her rib-tickling return in the midst of two lockdowns – an all too familiar scenario in real life – during which she has been writing and delivering her sermons online via Zoom.

They feature a funny balance of technical mishaps as well as her thoughts and feelings on lockdown life – and chocolate.

She enlists the help of Hugo Horton, played by James Fleet, as well as primary school children, to discuss important topics such as home made wine and home hair-cuts with Owen Newitt.

Talking of reprising her iconic telly role, Dawn French said: "Back in the dog collar, back in Dibley and back on your telly at Xmas. I couldn’t be happier. Bless you."

Writer Richard Curtis has again penned the comedy plots, which wrapped in 2007, and added: "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."

Meanwhile Vicar of Dibley loyals will appreciate the reference to loveable Alice Tinker, played by Emma Chambers.

The actress sadly passed away aged 53, in 2018, and bosses have vowed she is "still an important presence in the village."

The new episodes will air after repeat showings of The Vicar of Dibley episodes on BBC One over Christmas.

Season one is currently available on BBC iPlayer.

Shane Allen, Controller, Comedy Commissioning for the BBC added: “This triple festive treat from the nations favourite fun-loving vicar is the warm comedy hug we’ve all missed.”



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