The producer of The Vicar of Dibley has revealed that James Corden was once cut from a Comic Relief special.
The BBC comedy, which originally aired in 1994, has recently returned to our screens with a Christmas special, titled The Vicar of Dibley in Lockdown.
Actress Dawn French is also back as our favourite vicar, Geraldine Granger in the three 10-minute festive series.
In light of its comeback, producer Peter Bennett-Jones has teased some behind-the-scenes secrets about the original programme.
Speaking to the Huffington Post about it, Peter began: ‘Richard Curtis (the writer) would get big stars to come in on the Comic Relief specials.
‘Johnny Depp did one, James Corden, he got cut out of one…’
The producer went on to add that the character of Geraldine was never meant to be for Dawn.
‘Richard wrote it for a forthright comic actress. I think he might have even seen three or four different people have a go at it. Dawn got cast and the rest is history as it were,’ he added.
The Vicar of Dibley in Lockdown, which began on Monday night, will see Geraldine discussing a number of topics, including the coronavirus pandemic and clapping for the NHS.
The reverend will also pay a moving tribute Emma Chambers – who played the wonderfully absent-minded Alice Tinker in the series, as well as addressing the Black Lives Matter movement.
The BBC has come under fire from viewers about its reference to BLM, which hasn’t even aired yet.
Stepping in to address the complaints, a spokesperson said in a statement: ‘In The Vicar of Dibley in Lockdown, Geraldine shares with her congregation her take on some of the key stories of 2020, including clapping for the NHS, the Black Lives Matter movement, lockdown, and school exams being cancelled.
‘She is a much-loved and well-established comic character and will be seen processing the year’s events in her familiar outspoken and high-spirited way.’
In the future episode, viewers will see Geraldine take to the knee in a tribute to those lost by police brutality and the death of George Floyd earlier this year.
The Vicar of Dibley is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.
Credit: Original article published here.