Geraldine will take the knee and pledge her assist to Black Lives Matter (Image: Rex)
Daybreak 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 introduced that the comic’s character Geraldine will poignantly address the movement to her congregation in one of many particular lockdown episodes, which start tonight.
‘I don’t suppose it issues the place you’re from,’ Geraldine tells the cameras within the scenes. ‘I feel it issues that you simply do one thing about it as a result of Jesus would, wouldn’t he?
‘Till all lives matter the identical, we’re doing one thing very unsuitable.’
Geraldine later takes down village posters and replaces them with Black Lives Matter posters as a substitute. She additionally takes the knee in tribute to these misplaced by police brutality and the demise of George Floyd earlier this yr.
A variety of individuals have been agitated on account of the programme addressing the necessity for racial equality, prompting Daybreak to sarcastically tweet: ‘A beautiful calm day, filled with humanity, compassion and assist all spherical…..’
Richard Armitage voiced his assist for Daybreak French on social media (Image: Getty)
Voicing his assist, Richard, who performs Harry Kennedy within the BBC sequence, responded: ‘Extra love coming to you than you’ll ever know.’ (sic)
In addition to addressing the Black Lives Matter motion, the present may also pay tribute to Emma Chambers, who died in 2018 from a suspected coronary heart assault.
Emma performed the splendidly absent-minded Alice Tinker within the sequence, and it’s been revealed that Geraldine will keep in mind her in a heartwarming eulogy through her on-line sermons.
Daybreak shared that she struggled to movie the emotional scene, however whereas she mentioned they weren’t ‘very simple’, she famous ‘it was essential to do’.
The Vicar Of Dibley In Lockdown will observe the fictional village as they arrive to phrases with life over the course of 2020, with Geraldine internet hosting on-line sermons to people who want it.
The Vicar Of Dibley In Lockdown airs tonight at 8.20pm on BBC One.