Dawn French to bring back Vicar Of Dibley for BBC’s Big Night In

Dawn French to bring back Vicar Of Dibley for BBC's Big Night In

The Vicar Of Dibley is poised to return to TV screens as part of the BBC's Big Night In.

Dawn French will reprise her role as Geraldine during the live charity BBC One programme, which aims to provide an evening of entertainment during the coronavirus lockdown.

French shared a close-up photograph of the dog collar and crucifix she wore on the hit sitcom and wrote on Twitter: "Hmmm. Somethin interestin this way comes.... Thurs ⁦@BBCOne⁩ 7-10pm #BigNightIn."

French last played the role in 2015, in a charity short for Comic Relief.

The event will also see Little Britain return to TV screens for the first time in more than 10 years as David Walliams and Matt Lucas perform in a new sketch during the show, which is a collaboration between BBC Children In Need and Comic Relief.

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Comediennes Dawn French (left) and Jennifer Saunders at a photocall before their stage show at London's Hammersmith Apollo. 21/12/03: comediennes Dawn French (left) and Jennifer Saunders who, it was revealed declined OBEs in 2001. The duo were just two of 300 top stars who were today named in a secret list of celebrities who have turned down the honours system.
Dawn French during the filming of the Graham Norton Show at BBC Studioworks 6 Television Centre, Wood Lane, London, to be aired on BBC One on Friday evening.
Dawn French in the press room at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards 2017, Berkeley Square Gardens, London.
Dawn French attending the Absolutely Fabulous The Movie After Party held at Liberty Department Store in London.
Dawn French presents Jennifer Saunders with the Outstanding Contribution Award in the press room at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards 2016, Berkeley Square Gardens, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 7, 2016. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Dawn French arriving at the Press Night for Photograph 51, the Noel Coward Theatre, London. Photo Copyright: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment
Dawn French attending the wedding of Spice Girl Geri Halliwell and Formula 1 boss Christian Horner at St Mary's Church in Woburn, Bedfordshire.
Jennifer Saunders (left) and Dawn French attend the wedding of Ben Springett and Clair Gilchrist, that has been planned by Miranda Hart as part of her BT Mad March Challenge. The wedding took place at the Westminster Registry Office in London.
Dawn French at the 2012 Pride of Britain awards at Grosvenor House, London.
Dawn French arriving at the opening night of musical Jesus Christ Superstar at the O2 in London.
Dawn French arriving at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards 2011, Berkeley Square, London.
Dawn French and Lenny Henry who won the Milton Shulman award for most Outstanding Newcomer at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London.
Dawn French (left) and Jennifer Saunders (right) recieve the Academy Fellowship award at the British Academy Television Awards at the Royal Festival Hall in central London.
Dawn French during a book signing session for her autobiography 'Dear Fatty', at Waterstone's in Piccadilly, central London.
Undated Optomen Television handout showing comedienne Dawn French being kissed by chef Gordon Ramsay in a scene from Ramsay's show The F Word which is to be shown on Channel 4 on Tuesday May 8.
Dawn French (R) and Alison Moyet perform on stage during a photocall for their new play (directed by Burke), ' Smaller', from the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, central London, Friday 31 March 2006. PRESS ASSOCIATION PHOTO. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA
Dawn French arrives for the Royal Film Performance & World Premiere of 'The Chronicles Of Narnia', from the Royal Albert Hall, west London, Wednesday 7 December 2005. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA
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Dawn French (left) and Jennifer Saunders during Betty Jackson Spring/Summer 2004 collection as part of London Fashion Week at the Duke of York's Headquarter's in Central London.
Comedienne, Dawn French playing Bottom in the forthcoming production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, at the Albery Theatre, London.
TV funnyman Lenny Henry and comic wife Dawn French pose for photographs at Buckingham Palace in London after Lenny was presented with a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) from Her Majesty the Queen.
Comedian Dawn French chats to the Queen during a reception for the Arts at Windsor Castle tonight (Wednesday). Photograph by Fiona Hanson/PA

Meanwhile, Catherine Tate will reprise her errant schoolgirl role – now struggling with home education – with David Tennant as her teacher.

Tate, 51, played "Am I bovvered?" Lauren alongside a host of other colourful characters in The Catherine Tate Show.

The BBC has said The Big Night In aims to "celebrate and reward those going the extra mile to support their communities in these troubled times".

The show will be presented by hosts including Matt Baker, Zoe Ball, Sir Lenny Henry, Davina McCall and Paddy McGuinness.

Guests will include Peter Kay and Gary Barlow.

The show will be broadcast on BBC One on Thursday April 23 between 7pm and 10pm.

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