With only a few days to go until BBC One’s Big Night In kicks off, Dawn French has confirmed that she will be bringing back one of her most famous characters, Geraldine Granger, for one night only. That’s right folks, The Vicar Of Dibley is returning to our screens.
The hugely popular British sitcom, written by Richard Curtis and starring French, first aired way back in 1994 and has since gone on to become one of the most successful British sitcoms of the digital era, and so understandably, fans are very excited to see the return of the vicar.
French announced to her 406k Twitter followers that she’d be returning to our screens by posting a photo of herself in her dog collar and famous cross necklace, with the caption: “Hmmm. Somethin interestin this way comes….Thurs @BBCOne 7-10pm #BigNightIn“, confirming that she’ll be bringing back the Vicar for one night only for the BBC One’s Big Night In.
— Dawn French (@Dawn_French) April 19, 2020
And French isn’t the comedian one who’s bringing back a beloved character. Yesterday, Peter Kay announced that he was looking for key-workers to recreate his famous Comic Relief music video ‘(Is This The Way To) Amarillo’ and over the weekend, David Walliams confirmed that both he and Matt Lucas would be bringing Little Britain back to our screens for The Big Night In.
Walliams announced the show would also be returning after he posted a picture of himself and Lucas as two of their most iconic Little Britain characters, Daffyd Thomas and Emily Howard on his Instagram.
The new sketch will be the first time that Lucas and Williams have worked together in 10 years, following their last show Come Fly With Me.
The return of some of the best British comedy characters is all in aid of The Big Night In, a one-off special, hosted by Paddy McGuinness, alongside, Zoe Ball, Matt Baker, Lenny Henry and Davina McCall as Comic Relief, Children In Need and BBC One all team up for one night of fundraising and entertainment.
The BBC says it will include “big surprises, ‘money can’t buy’ prizes, live music performances from the homes of artists and many of your favourite faces coming together (whilst safely apart)”, whilst aiming to do something for people who deserve something special for working around the country at the moment.
As well as giving viewers the opportunity to donate money, for those that feel they can during this time, it will be helping support vulnerable people across all ages and backgrounds across the UK who have been significantly affected by the coronavirus crisis.
Any funds raised on the night will be split between BBC Children In Need and Comic Relief, which will provide essential support to local charities, projects and programmes which have been launched across the UK to help those in need.
The Big Night In will air on Thursday 23 April at 7 pm on BBC One and iPlayer.