‘The Vicar Of Dibley’ Returns For Lockdown Specials This Christmas

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17 Nov 20

‘The Vicar Of Dibley’ Returns For Lockdown Specials This Christmas

Dawn French’s ‘The Vicar Of Dibley’ is set to return for a series of short specials this Christmas, as BBC One announces ‘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.

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

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.

“ 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,” adds creator Richard Curtis.

The short 10 min episodes are set to air weekly showing French as Geraldine delivering her online sermons to her parishioners. This will be followed later over Christmas with a single 30 min episode comprising of all three sermons together.

“This triple festive treat from the nations favourite fun-loving vicar is the warm comedy hug we’ve all missed,” commented Shane Allen, Controller, Comedy Commissioning for the BBC.

‘The Vicar Of Dibley In Lockdown’ is made by Tiger Aspect Productions Limited (a Banijay UK company), and written, as ever, by Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer, and produced by Jon Plowman. It was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Chief Content Officer, and Shane Allen, Controller of Comedy Commissioning. The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Ben Caudell and the Executive Producers are Richard Curtis and Peter Bennett-Jones.

‘The Vicar Of Dibley’ Season 1 is available to watch on BBC iPlayer now.