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Girls on Top 

Four women who are nothing alike end up living together in a flat in England.
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1986   1985  

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Dawn French ...  Amanda 13 episodes, 1985-1986
Jennifer Saunders ...  Jennifer 13 episodes, 1985-1986
Ruby Wax ...  Shelley 13 episodes, 1985-1986
Joan Greenwood ...  Lady Carlton 13 episodes, 1985-1986
Tracey Ullman ...  Candice / ... 11 episodes, 1985-1986
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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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English

Release Date:

23 October 1985 (UK) See more »

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Runtime:

(13 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

According to an interview with French & Saunders on "Wogan" in 1985, the show was originally titled "FourPlay" See more »

Quotes

Shelley DuPont: Well, do you know what I think she does for a living? It rhymes with "for." And it rhymes with "phostitute"!
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Connections

Featured in Top of the Box: 1985 (2018) See more »

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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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Superb
4 April 2011 | by manimal99See all my reviews

I hadn't seen this series since it was first shown in the eighties, so what an absolute joy it has been to rediscover it. Although recorded in the mid-80s, the humour hasn't dated one jot - there are few contemporary references which has helped the show stand the test of time remarkably well.

For me the star of the show was Tracey Ullman though. It wasn't long after this series that she defected to the US and it shows what a sad loss to British TV comedy she was.

Its also interesting to see Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders so early in their careers, although they seem to play "second fiddle" to Tracey Ullman and Ruby Wax in series one.

All in all, this show comes highly recommended.


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