Vicar Of Dibley To Return Over Christmas
Dawn French is to eprise her role as everyone’s favourite vicar Geraldine Grainger in 3 special short episodes that will be broadcast in the run-up to Christmas on BBC1 with the first episode due to air on Monday 7th December. Episide 2 will be broadcast the following week and the final episode the week after. A half hour compilation will air as a special episode over Christmas.
“During lockdown, post-lockdown and pre-another-lockdown, Geraldine has been writing and delivering monthly sermons to her parishioners via Zoom… when she can make it work. These new thoughts on life (and chocolate) will air after repeat showings of classic episodes of the multi-award winning The Vicar Of Dibley, this Christmas on BBC1.”
The episodes will mainly feature just Geraldine talking, however James Fleet, who plays Hugo Horton, will also appear.
Producers explain: “Geraldine will be helped by Hugo as well some of the local primary school children as the vicar discusses all the important topics, including how it’s never a good idea to let Owen Newitt cut your hair, or make home-made wine. The very dearly departed Alice Tinker is also still an important presence in the village, with some residents still looking for lost buttons and the arrival of decimalisation.”
Dawn French said of the project: “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 commented: “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.”
BBC Comedy Commissioner Shane Allen added: “This triple festive treat from the nations favourite fun-loving vicar is the warm comedy hug we’ve all missed.”