“It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas …” as the song lyric goes. And Dawn French as Vicar Geraldine (image below) and The Vicar of Dibley company of actors will bless us with three episodes this holiday season—titled “The Vicar of Dibley–In Lockdown #!, #2, #3”.
There will be a promised tribute to the late Emma Chambers (below) who played Alice—the ditzy, soulful, and very sweet best friend, and straight woman to the pithy Vicar Geraldine portrayed by lovely and talented Dawn French. Tears will be shed, including my own.
And on one of the usual end of the Dibley episode jokefests years ago–with Vicar Geraldine telling Alice of the Nun urging her sister sister to speak out to the vampire and “show him your cross”, to be followed by that nun saying to the vampire “get out of the way you toothy bastard!”–had me laughing myself silly for at least 20 minutes over that pun.
And over the years, this Vicar of Dibley comedy-drama series with a heart of gold, and the conscience of an angel has tackled some tough subjects in the little village of Dibley—belonging (outsiders vs insiders, with Vicar Geraldine famously referring to Harry Kennedy as a “towney bastard”), the boundaries of friendship (none), and using funds donated to replace a broken stained glass window for a less expensive clear glass window so the bulk of the funds could be given to those in need., etc.. And this year with the Vicar Geraldine also “taking a knee” in memory of the late George Floyd who was killed in police custody last Spring, she will highlight the cause of justice for all. In this season of giving and hope, the sentiment of wanting a better world for all of us, in honor of those who have gone before us is very inspirational and uplifting.
Dawn French as Vicar Geraldine makes us laugh, and cry, and think, and feel so good as the Vicar who wants to save the world from her unique little corner of it—always acting from the heart, even when her heart is breaking. Dawn French, herself, is much like her Vicar Geraldine character—irreverent, witty, caring, kind, not averse to poking fun at herself, and poised and gracious in times of stress.
And dare I hope that Harry Kennedy (portrayed by the smoulderingly handsome and talented Richard Armitage) and his Vicar wife Geraldine Granger (portrayed by Dawn French) will share a bit of conjugal bliss over the holidays? That would be purrrfection!
Wishing you a safe, healthy, & happy day! Hugs & Holiday Cheers! Grati ;->