Dawn French has teased her return to our television screens by announcing she'll be on The One Show on Friday night.
The comedy actress took to Twitter to reveal the news, writing, “Morning beloveds! Announcement.Trumpet noise. Doin @BBCTheOneShow tonight. Put it in yer eyesnears. Ta everso. #MaggieCole.”
Tonight’s appearance is to plug new six-part series, The Trouble With Maggie Cole – which previously had the working title ‘Glass Houses’ – and follows a village busybody called Maggie Cole.
In it, Dawn, 62, stars alongside Corrie Star Julie Hesmondhalgh as well as Casualty star Patrick Robinson and Vicki Pepperdine from The Windsors. And fans are desperate to see the Vicar of Dibley star back on screen.
“Really looking forward to watching Maggie Cole,” tweeted one fan. While another said, “I’ll definitely tune in then. I’m really looking forward to seeing #maggiecole.”
But the trip into London to promote the upcoming ITV series will no doubt be making her “insides” “upset” – as she finds the hustle and the bustle of the city overwhelming.
Speaking on Fearne Cotton’s Happy podcast, she said, “My problem with being in busy places… I find that I get quite upset by constantly seeing difficult things.
“So I’ve been a bit cowardly in a way because I find it… when I go to London and I see, I look at people’s faces and I think, ‘Oh, she’s cold. Oh that person hasn’t got anywhere to go tonight. Oh God, they’re dealing with something, oh God, he looks like he’s off his face, oh dear’. And my insides are just upset all the time.”
It comes after Dawn retreated to Cornwall to spend her “autumn” years enjoying a quieter pace of life in 2006, before divorcing her then-husband Lenny Henry in 2010.
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“I think I’m not meant for a city… that isn’t the real me. The real me is quiet,” she confessed.
The star – who, following the breakdown of her marriage to Lenny has since re-married Mark Bignell – regularly shares snippets of their Cornish life. And it looks glorious.
Catch Dawn on The One Show at 7pm tonight on BBC1.