Dawn French is to reprise her much-loved role as the nation’s favourite Vicar, Geraldine Grainger of the Parish of Dibley, for ‘The Vicar Of Dibley in Lockdown’.

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 BBC One.

Geraldine will be helped by Hugo Horton (James Fleet) 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.

On reprising her role, French commented; “Back in the dog collar, back in Dibley and back on your telly at Xmas. I couldn’t be happier. Bless you”

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Show 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.”

The 3 x 10-minute episodes will air weekly, with a 1 x 30-minute compilation episode of all three sermons airing later over Christmas.

Series one is available to watch on BBC iPlayer now.