Geraldine will take the knee and pledge her support to Black Lives Matter (Picture: Rex)
The Vicar of Dibley In Lockdown will see Dawn French’s character Geraldine poignantly address the Black Lives Matter movement to her congregation.
The three 10-minute festive specials, which start airing tomorrow on BBC One, will see Geraldine try and inspire hope in the fictional village amid the 2020 lockdowns.
While one will address the death of Emma Chambers – who played the wonderfully absent-minded Alice Tinker in the series – another will see the female vicar confront the Black Lives Matter movement.
Taking a knee in tribute to those lost by police brutality and the death of George Floyd earlier this year, the character explained why she feels the movement is so important.
‘I don’t think it matters where you’re from,’ she tells the cameras. ‘I think it matters that you do something about it because Jesus would, wouldn’t he?’
‘Until all lives matter the same, we are doing something very wrong,’ Geraldine continues.
Geraldine and Hugo will be keeping each other company in lockdown (Picture: BBC)
Protesters took to the street earlier this year to support Black Lives Matter (Picture: Getty)
‘We need to focus on justice for a huge chunk of our countrymen and women who seem to have a very bad, weird deal from the day they’re born.’
She later takes down village posters and replaces them with ones she’s made themselves, declaring Black Lives Matter.
The Vicar Of Dibley In Lockdown will track the fictional village as they come to terms with life over the course of 2020, with Geraldine hosting online sermons to those that need it.
She will be joined by Hugo Horton (played by James Fleet) as the pair adjust to life without their beloved Alice, and learn to lean on each other in times of need.
Dawn admitted that it was difficult to film the scenes paying tribute to Alice, after actress Emma died of a suspected heart attack in 2018.
The Vicar Of Dibley In Lockdown starts Monday at 8.50pm on BBC One.