The Vicar Of Dibley ended its three-episode return with Dawn French’s Geraldine Granger paying tribute to the NHS.
The miniseries, which has tracked life in the fictional village over the past year, saw Geraldine commemorate the NHS and the life-saving work its done amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Hosting a mask competition for the villagers, the vicar shows off the quirky efforts made by those who took part – including a series of misunderstandings like a Hannibal Lecter mask, an egg box, and a pair of underpants.
‘We were really looking for Covid masks, not Halloween/made by a serial killer masks,’ she reiterated.
Despite some other slightly more successful efforts, like a ‘cabbage leaf that reminds Geraldine of her first boyfriend’s complexion’, and a far more sweary option from her husband warning ‘stay the **** away’, the vicar ultimately chooses a normal mask.
‘If it’s good enough for the NHS, it’s certainly good enough for the rest of us,’ she declared. ‘Without the NHS, all of us would be losers.
‘This is my message to all of you. Bless the NHS. See you next week folks.’
Elsewhere in the episode, James Fleet returned as his ditzy but well-intentioned Hugo Horton, who fills in for the vicar on her Zoom sermons as she ‘takes a trip to Cadbury World’.
The series has made a series of marked moments for the show, including a dedication to the late Emma Chambers, who played Alice Tinker.
Geraldine was also seen showing her allegiance to Black Lives Matter, taking the knee after putting up posters around the village.
The Vicar Of Dibley In Lockdown is available on BBC iPlayer.
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