The Comic Strip Presents...: Season 3, Episode 1

Consuela, or, the New Mrs. Saunders (1 Jan. 1986)

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Jessica,the second Mrs Saunders,arrives with her new husband John at his country estate. Very much left to her own devices she is unnerved by the power that Consuela,the sinister Spanish ... See full summary »

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Richard
Linda Spriggs ...
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Serena Evans ...
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Jessica,the second Mrs Saunders,arrives with her new husband John at his country estate. Very much left to her own devices she is unnerved by the power that Consuela,the sinister Spanish housekeeper,seems to wield,comparing her unfavourably to John's first wife and forbidding her to enter a mysterious locked room. Only Richard,the understanding estate manager,seems to be on her side until one night,convinced that Consuela is trying to poison her,Jessica takes drastic and deadly action. Written by don @ minifie-1

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20 November 2010 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

When I were lad, I was browsing the comedy section of my local video store when I happened upon a double feature called The Comic Strip Presents... Mr Jolly Lives Next Door and Consuela. This was my introduction to Comic Strip. I'd just reached the point where I'd seen every episode of the Young Ones and the Dangerous Brothers to death and was desperately in need of something new. This was long before I discovered Filthy, Rich & Catflap and shortly before Bottom and Ab Fab were conceived. Needless to say that I'd just stumbled upon a British comedy goldmine that had me wetting myself uncontrollably for 90 minutes. After watching Mr Jolly and seeing Rik & Ade doing what they do best, I watched Consuela and saw a side of Rik & Ade that I'd never seen before... "serious" acting. Ade's character seems to be ripped straight out of Monty Python's Upper-Middle Class Twit of the Year and Rik plays the ultra- sensitive, ultra-sensible hero of the piece, which as you can imagine, is ball-bouncingly hilarious.

Written by Dawn & Jen, Consuela is a loving spoof of Hitchcock's "Rebecca" (because they'd just watched it the night before). Jen portrays Jessica (a.k.a. the New Mrs Saunders), whilst Dawn takes on the role of Mr Saunders' creepily over-bearing housekeeper Consuela. Jessica just wants to be the lady of the house, but not only is she living in the shadow of the old Mrs Saunders, she's also forced to contend with "The Help". Obviously in the absence of his first wife, Mr Saunders has become far too reliant on Consuela, leaving Jessica feeling redundant. She becomes increasingly paranoid and suspicious of Consuela's actions and attitude towards her. Come to think of it... whatever happened to the old Mrs Saunders?

Needless to say that everyone is on fire in this episode. Dawn is almost too good at portraying the sinister Consuela. Peter Richardson is a riot as Consuela's ultra-sleazy beloved son Julio. I'd also like to add that Jennifer looks truly beautiful in this episode. Nearly as hot as Helen Mucus. If I was Ade, I would've been all over that!

Consuela will never get old! Consuela will never die?

RICHARD: Jessica... do you know what this is?..... It's my shoulder.......... and it's yours... anytime that you want to use it.


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