Geraldine will take the knee and pledge her support to Black Lives Matter (Picture: Rex)
Dawn French has been supported by her on-screen husband Richard Armitage amid backlash for the Vicar Of Dibley’s Black Lives Matter scene.
It was announced that the comedian’s character Geraldine will poignantly address the movement to her congregation in one of the special lockdown episodes, which begin tonight.
‘I don’t think it matters where you’re from,’ Geraldine tells the cameras in the scenes. ‘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 later takes down village posters and replaces them with Black Lives Matter posters instead. She also takes the knee in tribute to those lost by police brutality and the death of George Floyd earlier this year.
A number of people were agitated as a result of the programme addressing the need for racial equality, prompting Dawn to sarcastically tweet: ‘A lovely calm day, full of humanity, compassion and support all round…..’
Richard Armitage voiced his support for Dawn French on social media (Picture: BBC)
Voicing his support, Richard, who plays Harry Kennedy in the BBC series, responded: ‘More love coming to you than you’ll ever know.’ (sic)
As well as addressing the Black Lives Matter movement, the show will also pay tribute to Emma Chambers, who died in 2018 from a suspected heart attack.
Dawn’s character Geraldine takes the knee (Picture: BBC)
Emma played the wonderfully absent-minded Alice Tinker in the series, and it’s been revealed that Geraldine will remember her in a heartwarming eulogy via her online sermons.
Dawn shared that she struggled to film the emotional scene, but while she said they weren’t ‘very easy’, she noted ‘it was important to do’.
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.
The Vicar Of Dibley In Lockdown airs tonight at 8.20pm on BBC One.
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