Dawn French will appear as Vicar of Dibley‘s Geraldine Kennedy (née Granger) for a British TV event The Big Night.
The Big Night In sees Comic Relief and Children in Need come together for the first time to raise funds for those on the frontline fighting COVID-19.
It will feature Lenny Henry, Matt Baker, Zoe Ball, Davina McCall, Paddy McGuinness, Catherine Tate and Peter Kay performing from their own homes.
Dawn French has teased online, “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.”
The BBC, which is broadcasting the show, confirmed: “The nation’s favourite TV vicar, Geraldine Kennedy (née Granger), is back with a special sketch for The Big Night In. All over the country, people are self-isolating. Until recently the Vicar of Dibley was self-isolating in the confectionary aisle of her local supermarket, but she’s now back in her vicarage, from where on April 23rd she will deliver a message of hope.”
French hasn’t reprised her role as the vicar since 2015, when she appeared in a sketch for Comic Relief.