Dawn French has revealed that they have paid a tribute to the people who died during the coronavirus pandemic in The Vicar of Dibley Christmas special.
Speaking on Tuesday’s The One Show, Dawn spoke about the return of her character Geraldine Granger in the BBC special, titled The Vicar of Dibley in Lockdown, which is due to air this Christmas.
‘Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer who write The Vicar of Dibley and I,’ she began.
‘We decided, what would Geraldine be doing at Christmas? She would be zooming her parishioners and ministering to them like that, so that’s what we’ve done.
‘The first one is 10 minutes long but it’s three little sermons, so it takes us all the way through the lockdown from March all the way up to Christmas.’
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‘It’s a cross between a newsletter, community notices and a sermon for everybody that’s there,’ she continued.
The actress went on to add that despite the special being ‘silly and funny’, they wanted to pay a tribute to the people who had died throughout the pandemic.
‘But like everything in Dibley, there’s funny silly stuff, you know, there’s stuff about people getting stuck in the church when they were flower arranging when this lockdown started, so they’re still in the church now,’ Dawn added.
‘There are silly jokes, but we also pay a tribute to those who aren’t with us anymore, so you know, Dibley has always been able to wrap its arms around the truth as well as being silly and funny.’
The actress died in 2018 of a suspected heart attack.
The Vicar of Dibley originally ran on BBC One from 10 November 1994 to 22 January 1998, and then from 24 December 1999 to 1 January 2007.
It is set in a fictional small Oxfordshire village called Dibley, which is assigned a female vicar following the 1992 changes in the Church of England that permitted the ordination of women.
The One Show airs daily at 7pm on BBC One.