The Vicar of Dibley originally ran from November 1994 until 1998, starring Dawn French, Gary Waldhorn, James Fleet and Emma Chambers. The sitcom has remained hugely popular and has a brand new following after the series was made available on Netflix. Show star Dawn French blessed fans of the show with some good news recently but is the Vicar of Dibley coming back? has everything you need to know.

Is The Vicar of Dibley coming back?

There is good news for fans of British comedy, The Vicar of Dibley.

Dawn French is reprising her role as The Reverend Geraldine Granger tonight.

But the show will be returning for one night only, for a special reason.

The one-off special comes as part of BBC One’s Big Night In, a night of entertainment to help raise funds for the charity sector during the current coronavirus outbreak.

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The BBC has teamed up with Comic Relief and Children in Need for a three-hour telethon, starting tonight (Thursday, March 23) at 7pm on BBC One.

The show will see a range of comedy, music, live performances and prerecorded messages from famous faces.

As part of the Big Night In, French will be reprising her role as the Reverend for the first time in five years.

She will be joining the likes of David Tennant, Catherine Tate, Jack Whitehall, Peter Kay, Matt Lucas and David Walliams who are taking part in their own comedy sketches for The Big Night In.

French confirmed the news via her Twitter account and also shared a hilarious clip of her in character.

Alongside a photograph of her in a dog collar and cross necklace, she tweeted: “Something interesting this way comes, Thurs @BBCOne 7-10pm #BigNightIn.”

She 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.”

In an interview on the One Show this week, dressed as Geraldine, French teased that she had just had her first council meeting with the Dibley parish on Zoom.

Fans of The Vicar of Dibley have been taking to Twitter to share their excitement about the show’s return.

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One fan wrote: “Awwww Dawnieeee, do another series darlin. I so loved it when you were doing it”

A second fan tweeted: “And clergywomen everywhere are cheering!!!”

A third fan said: “OH MY GERALDINE IS BACK!!!! Could life get any better, I think not”

The Vicar of Dibley premiered in 1994 and ended in 1998.

The series is one of the most successful British programmes in the digital era, winning multiple British Comedy Awards, I including a Best TV Comedy Actress Award for Emma Chambers), two International Emmys, and was a multiple British Academy Television Awards nominee.


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Since then, Geraldine and the characters of The Vicar of Dibley have reappeared on several occasions, most famously for the show’s 10th and 20th anniversaries and well as for Comic Relief – with the last appearance being in 2015.

Sadly, there has been no news of The Vicar of Dibley returning to screens for a brand new series.

French most recently created and starred in The Trouble with Maggie Cole, which is streaming on the ITV Hub now. will update this article when more information is available.

The Big Night In starts tonight at 7pm on BBC One.

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