The sequel to iconic 90s rom-com Four Weddings and a Funeral featured a same-sex couple twist, with Lily James and Alicia Vikander marrying.
The mini-sequel, titled One Red Nose Day and a Wedding, aired on BBC on Friday (March 15) as part of charity Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day fundraising efforts.
The cast of the original film reunited 25 years later for the wedding of Carrie (Andie MacDowell) and Charles (Hugh Grant)’s daughter, played by Lily James, to the daughter of Fiona (Dame Kristen Scott Thomas), played by Alicia Vikander.
Presiding over the ceremony is none other than Father Gerald (Rowan Atkinson), who awkwardly ensures that the wedding ritual is inclusive of same-sex couples.
Several memorable moments from Four Weddings and a Funeral were referenced in the mini-sequel, including a nod to the character Scarlett, played by Charlotte Coleman, who died in 2001.
According to the BBC, by the end of the broadcast more than £63m had been raised towards the charity, which fights poverty around the world.
Viewers are ecstatic about Lily James and Alicia Vikander marrying in Four Weddings and a Funeral sequel
The performance received glowing reviews from viewers on social media, many of whom expressed gratitude to Comic Relief for making it happen.
“Alicia Vikander and Lily James getting married for comic relief was needed thankyou comic relief” one Twitter user commented.
Another Twitter user wrote: “Watching lily james and alicia vikander declare their love to each other has ignited parts of me that i can’t even begin to explain. WE WON YALL! GAY RIGHTS!”
watching lily james and alicia vikander declare their love to each other has ignited parts of me that i can’t even begin to explain. WE WON YALL! GAY RIGHTS! pic.twitter.com/QCPlciX4XG
— nicole (@FifthJauregui_) March 15, 2019
Others felt seen and affirmed by the “you may kiss the bride” scene, with one person writing: “LILY JAMES AND ALICIA VIKANDER JUST KISSED AND GOT MARRIED ON MY SCREEN UM YEAH I’M GAY!!!”
— Laura (@chellystan) March 15, 2019
Another Twitter user described the multiple health benefits of the broadcasting: “after watching lily james and alicia vikander kiss my skin is clear, grades are the best, and my depression is cured.”
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Others highlighted the significance of the event. One person commented: “We really just got to witness lily james and alicia vikander get married and kiss and throw the first brick at stonewall.”
we really just got to witness lily james and alicia vikander get married and kiss and throw the first brick at stonewall pic.twitter.com/eOIkX0AIM8
— rachel (@aprilkepnner) March 15, 2019
For some viewers, the 14-minute clip was not enough, and they demanded the story to be turned into an actual film.
“We DESERVE a full length feature film of them being gay together,” one Twitter user wrote.
Given the chemistry between Alicia Vikander and Lily James we DESERVE a full length feature film of them being gay together pic.twitter.com/Y4ZKhjRKFr
— Nic (@CloneNic) March 15, 2019