Four women who are nothing alike end up living together in a flat in England.

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 Lady Carlton 13 episodes, 1985-1986


Amanda Ripley, a feminist writer for the women's magazine "Spare Cheeks" lucks into an apartment in Kensington. In order to pay the rent to Lady Carlton, the crazy romance novelist (with a stuffed pet dog named Josephine), who lives downstairs and owns the flat, she has to take in Shelley DuPont, a loud-mouthed American actress; Jennifer Marsh, a retarded friend from childhood; and Candice (pronounced Candeece) Valentine, the "slut" who previously lived there and has no where else to go. Written by Television Junkie

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23 October 1985 (UK)  »

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(13 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Tracey Ullman left show after the first series due to her first pregnancy: she gave birth to daughter Mabel in 1986. See more »


Amanda: Oh my God, look at her pupils! Are you stoned?
Shelley: It's Jennifer, how can you tell?
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Girls on Top
Written by Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze
Performed by Tracey Ullman, Ruby Wax, Dawn French, and Jennifer Saunders (1st series),
Glenn Tilbrook (2nd series)
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A damn funny show
26 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

Four of the funniest comics around (Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Tracy Ullman and Ruby Wax) all together in one show? Hilarity abounds!

Girls on top has these four lasses playing four flatmates in a flat owned by Lady Carlton (Joan Greenwood).

Dawn French plays Amanda Ripley, hypocritical left-wing feminazi with a secret hobby of keeping pictures of penises in a box under her pillow.

Jennifer Saunders plays slow witted and childlike Jennifer Marsh who lives in a corner of the lounge room and is constantly victimized and bossed around by Amanda

Ruby Wax is failed American actress Shelly DuPont, who has a habit of being the annoying character that you wish would sometimes just tone it down a notch.

And Tracey Ullman plays (in the first series only) Bimbotic Candice Valentine.

Watching these four and Joan Greenwood in a show for which the script was edited by Ben Elton is certainly one of the funniest shows to grace television screens.

Come back GIRLS.

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