It's 1782 and welcome to the fabulous Palace of Versailles, France. Outside the gates, the peasants are on the verge of revolting (already well past vile), whilst inside lives one of the ... See full summary »
It's 1782 and welcome to the fabulous Palace of Versailles, France. Outside the gates, the peasants are on the verge of revolting (already well past vile), whilst inside lives one of the most hated, despised and loathed women in all of France - no, not Marie Antoinette - but Columbine, the Comtesse De Vache. Aided by her faithful maid Lisette, Columbine skulks around the palace uncovering the dark secrets of her fellow nobles, always leaving her well prepared to out-do jealous rival Madame De Plonge and her innocent yet sharp-witted daughter Eveline. Meanwhile, keeping her reputation as a classy lady is no easy chore. Whether it be a wig in the style of a 'glorious man of war, abreast in huge waves of hair' or a splendid dress to wear to a copulation, Columbine's acid-tongued courtier, Bouffant, strives the difficult task of keeping her at the forefront of French fashion. Written by
Ange De La Lez
Not quite sure why this was not well received. This is one of the best comedies to come out of the UK. Both Jennifer Saunders as the Comptess and Dawn French as her slutty maid are in their element and the other series regulars like Alison Steadman as Jennifer's nemesis, Lucy Punch as Alison's not so virginal daughter and Adrian Scarborough as Bouffant, Jennifer's queeny hair and wardrobe employee are fantastic as the supporting cast. Not quite sure why only one series was made. The comedy is very similar to what Jennifer Saunders has done in Absolutely Fabulous with play on words rather than physical comedy, although there is still a smattering of the latter as well. A lot of sexual innuendos which to me are hysterical. I do hope they will come back for another bunch of episodes. Anyone who has seen Dangerous Liasons and wants to have a laugh about the French Court should try and get a hold of this series.
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