'Vicar Of Dibley' hit with complaints over Black Lives Matter reference

File photo dated 15/10/20 of Dawn French who will reprise her role in The Vicar Of Dibley for a Christmas special, the BBC has announced.
Dawn French (PA)

The BBC has been hit by complaints after it was revealed that the Black Lives Matter movement will come up in The Vicar Of Dibley Christmas special.

The much-loved sitcom is back for a series of festive episodes, which will see Dawn French’s Reverend Geraldine Granger talking to her parishioners on Zoom because of the coronavirus pandemic.

One instalment will apparently see the Rev take the knee and deliver a sermon about the Black Lives Matter movement.

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James Fleet and Dawn French are bringing back their 'Vicar of Dibley' characters. (BBC/Tiger Aspect Productions Ltd/Des Willie)
James Fleet and Dawn French (BBC/Tiger Aspect Productions Ltd/Des Willie)

And according to The Telegraph, around 100 people have complained about the fact the movement will be referenced, even though the episode hasn’t even aired.

The BBC has now addressed the issue in a statement on its site.

It said: “We received complaints that an upcoming episode will reference the Black Lives Matter movement.

“In The Vicar of Dibley in Lockdown, Geraldine shares with her congregation her take on some of the key stories of 2020, including clapping for the NHS, the Black Lives Matter movement, lockdown, and school exams being cancelled.

“She is a much-loved and well-established comic character and will be seen processing the year’s events in her familiar outspoken and high-spirited way.”

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The Vicar Of Dibley originally ran for two seasons between 1994 and 1998, and produced 10 special episodes as well as six Comic Relief offerings.

The specials also see the show pay tribute to late cast member Emma Chambers.

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Dawn French rand Emma Chambers (BBC)

The actor – who played Alice Tinker – died two years ago at the age of 53 after a suspected heart attack.

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