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Release Date:
23 October 1985 (UK) See more »
Four women who are nothing alike end up living together in a flat in England. Full summary »
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Allan McKeown obituary
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Tracey Ullman's husband, producer Allan McKeown, dies at 67
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 (Series Cast Summary - 5 of 14)

Dawn French ... Amanda Ripley (13 episodes, 1985-1986)

Jennifer Saunders ... Jennifer Marsh (13 episodes, 1985-1986)

Ruby Wax ... Shelley DuPont (13 episodes, 1985-1986)

Tracey Ullman ... Candice Valentine (13 episodes, 1985-1986)

Joan Greenwood ... Lady Chloe Carlton (13 episodes, 1985-1986)

Series Directed by
Paul Jackson (5 episodes, 1985)
Ed Bye (2 episodes, 1986)
Series Writing credits
Dawn French (7 episodes, 1985-1986)
Jennifer Saunders (7 episodes, 1985-1986)
Ruby Wax (7 episodes, 1985-1986)
Tracey Ullman (2 episodes, 1985)

Series Produced by
Paul Jackson .... producer (7 episodes, 1985-1986)
Allan McKeown .... executive producer (7 episodes, 1985-1986)
Trevor Walton .... producer / executive producer (5 episodes, 1985)
Series Original Music by
Chris Difford (13 episodes, 1985-1986)
Glenn Tilbrook (13 episodes, 1985-1986)
Series Film Editing by
Gordon Hunt (5 episodes, 1985)
John Hawkins (2 episodes, 1986)
Series Casting by
Rebecca Howard (5 episodes, 1985)
Sally Fincher (2 episodes, 1986)
Series Production Design by
Lynda Harris (5 episodes, 1985)
Colin Andrews (2 episodes, 1986)
Series Costume Design by
James Dark (2 episodes, 1986)
Series Makeup Department
Dianne Joyce .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 1985)
Sheila Mann .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1985)
Shirley Muslin .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1986)
Series Art Department
Graham Garside .... graphics (5 episodes, 1985)
Tex Uwins .... production buyer (3 episodes, 1985)
Tod Davies .... graphics / production buyer (2 episodes, 1986)
Ted High .... graphics / production buyer (2 episodes, 1986)
Series Sound Department
Paul Crichton .... sound (5 episodes, 1985-1986)
Martyn Gillman .... sound (2 episodes, 1985)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Ray Wilson .... lighting technician (6 episodes, 1985-1986)
Bernard Saunders .... camera operator (4 episodes, 1985)
Geoff Joyce .... camera operator (3 episodes, 1985-1986)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sheelagh Killeen .... costumes (5 episodes, 1985)
Series Editorial Department
Endel Beinlo .... vision control (6 episodes, 1985-1986)
Tracy Myers .... vision mixer (4 episodes, 1985)
Jenny Hawkins .... vision mixer (3 episodes, 1985-1986)
Jay Brown .... vision control (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
Series Other crew
Ben Elton .... script editor (7 episodes, 1985-1986)
Ron Blanchard .... floor manager (5 episodes, 1985)
Joyce Lewsey .... production assistant (5 episodes, 1985)
Sue Palmer .... stage manager (5 episodes, 1985)
Ron Brown .... location manager (2 episodes, 1985)
Eunice Bird .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1986)
Tara Fernando .... stage manager (2 episodes, 1986)
Richard Jones .... floor manager (2 episodes, 1986)
Ken Whitton .... location manager (2 episodes, 1986)

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Additional Details

30 min (13 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

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Movie Connections:
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5 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Very disappointing, 4 July 2004
Author: Rich Meyer ( from St. Clair, Pennsylvania

I can only say that I was very disappointed with Girls on Top. I recently watched the first DVD with the first three episodes and found it to be more annoying than watchable.

I expected a lot more, considering what a big French and Saunders fan I am, but even knowing that this series was created before their more-celebrated partnership began doesn't make this show any funnier. Dawn French has the only semi-likable character on the show ... with Tracy Ullman and Ruby Wax being completely over the top in their portrayals (Wax is an American, and I shudder to think what the British must really think of us).

Sure, I laughed a couple of times, but most of the time I just strived to try and understand what was being said. It was interesting to see Alan Rickman (one of my favorite actors) in a bit part in the first episode as well, but there really wasn't much to redeem this britcom.

If you like these actresses, check out their later work ... avoid wasting your time with Girls on Top.

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