First look at Dawn French as The Vicar of Dibley in lockdown as BBC confirm Christmas special mini-series

THE BBC shared the first look of Dawn French returning as The Vicar of Dibley alongside Richard Curtis.

The new photo shows an excited Reverend Geraldine Granger (French) sitting on a sofa alongside James Fleet who is reprising his role as Hugo Horton in the upcoming Christmas special.

James Fleet and Dawn French will star in the Vicar of Dibley's new Christmas special


James Fleet and Dawn French will star in the Vicar of Dibley’s new Christmas special

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

French admitted she was excited to be don the Vicar’s robes again.

“Back in the dog collar, back in Dibley and back on your telly at Xmas. I couldn’t be happier. Bless you,” she said.     

While writer Richard Curtis 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.” 

Dawn French is back to be a 'shining light' for everyone at Christmas


Dawn French is back to be a ‘shining light’ for everyone at Christmas

Fans of the show and French, rushed to Twitter to share their excitement over the first look of the new series.

One Twitter user wrote: “Queen Dawn at her hilarious best!! Can’t wait!! @Dawn_French You’re going to be the shining light this Christmas.”

The Christmas special will see the people of the Parish coping with the coronavirus pandemic as the vicar has to explain the difference between metres and miles when it comes to social distancing.

Dawn French gives Vicar of Dibley fans first look at Geraldine’s return 
The Vicar of Dibley reached its height of popularity in the 90s


The Vicar of Dibley reached its height of popularity in the 90s

Later in Lockdown, Geraldine finds, as many of us did, that 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.

The Vicar is also given an opportunity to share some time with some of the children of the local Primary school and their teacher.

The Vicars’ last sermon is shared with the much loved and admired Hugo, son of David Horton, the least admired chairman of the Dibley Parish Council.

Hugo is finding it difficult to listen to his father through lockdown tell the same anecdotes over and over again but then Hugo may perhaps be guilty of the same crime.

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