This must have seemed a great idea on paper. Satirise the then highly popular genre initiated by Peter Mayle in "A Year in Provence" of Brits going to rural France / Spain / Italy, making it with the locals and then writing their best selling account filling with wit and local col;our. Surely, low hanging fruit just ready for picking? Unfortunately, they used this Dawn French series as their vehicle.
The story concerns French as the successful writer sent by her publisher to write an account of rural France, finding some corner that has not already been written about - "not an easy job". Such searing wit! Naturally, French's account differs entirely from reality, becomes a best seller, etc, etc. Problems then arise as tourists arrive, seeking this idyll she describes and the episode details her attempts to get the locals to conform.
In the hands of these two noted satirists, the humour should have been sharp, but the writing is weak and French is not the actor to turn this around. If not exactly a turkey, it certainly rates as a chicken and will not appear, one suspects, on any of their CVs.
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