First look at Dawn French’s return as Geraldine Granger in The Vicar of Dibley

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Dawn French is set to reprise her role as Geraldine Granger in The Vicar of Dibley.

And ahead of the highly-anticipated three-part Christmas special being aired a snap has been revealed showing Dawn in character.

The photo shows the Reverend as she prepares to deliver a sermon – via webcam – to the people of the Parish of Dibley amid lockdown.

The 63-year-old actress can be seen beaming in the still that has been snapped on the set of Geraldine's living room.

Dawn can be seen in the promotional snap dressed in a chequered shirt with a crucifix necklace around her neck.

Dawn French as Reverend Geraldine Granger and James Fleet as Hugo Horton as their appear in The Vicar Of Dibley in Lockdown
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Sat next to the character is nice but dim Hugo Horton – played by James Fleet – clad in a shirt and tied paired with a knitted beige tank top.

Earlier this week, it was confirmed that Dawn would be returning for the iconic show's Christmas special, titled The Vicar of Dibley In Lockdown.

An excited Dawn said: "Back in the dog collar, back in Dibley and back on your telly at Christmas. I couldn't be happier. Bless you."

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And show pen, Richard Curtis, enthused: "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 Vicar of Dibley originally aired in 1994, and came to an end in 2007.

It's not known which others of the original cast members will be returning.

Roger Lloyd-Pack, who played Owen Newitt, died in 2014, while Alice Horton actress Emma Chambers and Frank Pickle actor John Bluthal both died in 2018.

The Vicar of Dibley originally aired in 1994, and came to an end in 2007
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The show ended in 2007 as Geraldine prepared to wed fiancé Harry Kennedy (Richard Armitage), with series of mishaps threatening their big day.

Two of the bridesmaids turned up dressed as Daleks from Doctor Who, with Alice wearing a face mask of Mother Theresa.

Jealous Vicar Jeremy, who had eyes for Geraldine, made snide remarks about Harry throughout.

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