Dawn had to refilm an emotional goodbye to Alice in the specials (Picture: BBC)
The Vicar Of Dibley In Lockdown is going to be an emotional one, and Dawn French has admitted she broke down in tears numerous times trying to film a tribute to the late Emma Chambers.
Emma, who tragically died of a heart attack in 2018, played the adorably clueless Alice Tinker throughout the series run, acting as a right-hand lady to ever suffering vicar Geraldine.
So, with the show returning, Dawn and the writing team decided to pay an emotional farewell to the beloved character in a eulogy commemorating the anniversary of her death.
‘Honestly, I had to do it seven times. I didn’t get through it once without tears but it’s really important to remember this is where real life and Dibley come together.’
‘[Writers] Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer have got this skill of making stuff funny and light but also being truthful and honest,’ she added.
Alice became Geraldine’s right-hand lady in the village (Picture: BBC)
Many of the original Vicar of Dibley cast members have now sadly died (Picture: BBC)
The new installments of Vicar of Dibley start airing tonight, and will track life in the fictional village across 2020 using online sermons conducted by Geraldine.
Each of the three instalments will be 10-minutes long, with plans for them to then be cut together to air later this month.
Among the talking points, the show will also cover the Black Lives Matter movement, with Geraldine taking the knee in protest in the middle of her village.
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.
The Vicar Of Dibley In Lockdown starts tonight at 8.20pm on BBC One.
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