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Vicar of Dibley to deliver Radio 4's Thought for the Day

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The Vicar of Dibley is set for a revival in a one-off special edition of Radio 4's Thought for the Day.

Dawn French - aka Reverend Geraldine Granger - will take to the airwaves to bring her own unique twist to the Today programme's daily address on Saturday 29 March.

Her cameo is part of a series of special programmes on Radio 4 scheduled for the end of this month, where the station will be "hijacked by a character invasion."

French, 56, scored a place in the nation's heart with her brilliant portrayal of Rev. Granger in Richard Curtis' hit sitcom, which ran on the BBC from 1994-2007.

The show, which fast became part of the British cultural landscape in the 90s, was set in the fictional village of Dibley as they were assigned a female vicar following the ordination of women by the Church of England in 1992.

Dawn French in action as the Vicar of Dibley

Radio 4's Thought for the Day slot is usually fronted by leaders from the world's major faiths offering their slant on news and topical issues, in a serious, philosophical vein.

It's not yet clear what topics Rev. Granger will take on and no word yet on whether her sidekick Alice Tinker will get a mention. But die-hard Dibley fans will be tuning in in their droves for the no doubt hilarious address.

French last revived the Vicar of Dibley last year during a French and Saunders marathon on BBC Radio 2, when she was interviewed by Chris Evans for his Pause for Thought slot (scroll down to see her in action).

Other special broadcasts on Radio 4 at the end of this month will include best-selling authors Hilary Mantel and Helen Fielding talking about fictional characters. BBC drama venues around the country will also open their doors for a behind-the-scenes look at shows such as The Archers and Doctor Who. See more details here.

French will join the likes of James Naughtie and John Humphrys on the Today programme

French is about to embark on a tour with her own show, 30 Million Minutes, that will draw on her life and career.

The comedian and actress said she was "sick with excitement" about the show, which kicks off in June.

"I am enjoying the fact that I can’t categorise exactly what it is but it’s somewhere between a monologue, a play and an autobiographical slide show with a few funnies thrown in," she said. "At last, I have one of my three genie wishes granted, which is that I finally get to work with [director] Michael Grandage. The other two wishes are as yet unfulfilled.

"They’re secret obviously, but suffice to say, one is about Barack Obama in Speedos. The other is about me in Speedos, with cheesecake involved."

The Vicar of Dibley delivers Pause for Thought:

Words: Anna Brech, Photos: Rex Features

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