Rejoice! Vicar Of Dibley is making a one-off comeback as part of BBC’s Big Night In – a one-off remote fundraiser to help raise funds to fight coronavirus. 

Dawn French teased Geraldine’s return to our screens after a five-year absence, with the beloved sitcom character obviously never one to miss an opportunity to raise money for a good cause. 

Alongside a teaser pic of her iconic cross necklace and dressed in a habit, Dawn wrote: ‘Hmmm. Somethin’ interestin’ this way comes…’ 

Honestly, we haven’t been this excited since the Gavin and Stacey announcement. 

Dawn 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.’

She 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.

She last appeared on our screens back for a special in 2015 for Comic Relief, where Geraldine was offered the chance to rise in the ranks and become a bishop.

Sadly, this means the episode will be missing two of its biggest and most loved stars – as John Bluthal (Frank) and Emma Chambers (Geraldine’s right hand woman Alice) both sadly passed away in 2018.

The Big Night In will be presented by Lenny Henry, Matt Baker, Zoe Ball, Davina McCall and Paddy McGuinness.

It 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.

Viewers will also have the chance to get involved, thanks to Strictly’s Keep Dancing Challenge – encouraging folks to learn a routine to Dua Lipa’s Physical and film themselves performing it.

BBC’s Big Night In starts Thursday at 7pm on BBC One.

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